Faculty

Bruce Sinofsky

producer- began his career as the Senior Editor at Maysles Films. In 1991, Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger formed their own production and theatrical distribution company, Creative Thinking International Ltd. Under the CTI banner, they produced several films including, Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Revelations: Paradise Lost 2, and Where It's At: The Rolling Stone State of the Union.

William Tyler (Billy) Smith

international award winning director, producer, editor and cinematographer- who has worked in film and television, in both narrative and documentary. He wrote and directed several award winning narrative shorts and the feature narrative Kiss Me Again.

Laura Sobel

Laura Sobel is a New York-based documentary television producer/writer. She has produced programs for A&E, the Biography Channel the History Channel, and VH1/MTV Networks. As a development writer, her credits include film treatments and series proposals for PBS, HBO, National Geographic, Bravo, Discovery-Times Television, HGTV, Outdoor Life Network and the Weather Channel. Most recently, Laura directed, produced, wrote Cereal: History in a Bowl, a pop culture pilot for the History Channel.

Mark Stolaroff

Mark Stolaroff is an independent producer and a founding partner of Antic Pictures, an LA-based production company producing a slate of low budget, high quality digital features. Antic recently completed True Love, the third feature from acclaimed director Henry Barrial (Some Body). True Love was developed in the 2003 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and is now currently on the festival circuit. Stolaroff is in pre-production on Barrial's next script, Pig, which he intends to shoot in 2008 in an aggressively no-budget manner.

Rodney Taylor

cinematographer- began his career shooting live sports for ESPN, ABC, TBS, and others, and in 1988 he moved to Los Angeles and began working as an assistant on IMAX films and features. Taylor has gone on to be a successful cinematographer for numerous features, IMAX films, and documentaries and has been shooting for over 20 years. His most recent work is the upcoming feature Swimmers for director Doug Sadler, for whom Taylor first worked on the film Riders in 2001.

Gary Walker

Visual FX Supervisor and President of TexFX- an Austin based Visual FX studio dedicated to the studio and independent film community through the combined use of experience, imaginative talent and powerful technology. Gary is by trade a high-end digital compositor and has worked on Visual FX for twelve major motion pictures, including Apollo 13, Waterworld, Cast Away and What Lies Beneath, working at studios in Hollywood like Digital Domain, PDI, and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Richard Wesley

award winning playwright and screenwriter- Film credits include Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do it Again and the adaptation of Richard Wright's novel Native Son. TV credits include episodes of One Hundred Jump Street. Associate Professor in the Department of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Haskell Wexler

Cinematographer- He will teach a documentary workshop and is best known for his cinematography on In the Heat of the Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Secret of Roan Inish (among other Sayles films). His career has spanned nearly 5 decades of feature and documentary work. Haskell "would like to concentrate on community projects utilizing video tools… before or concurrent to learning craft we must have a serious interest in what we communicate as responsible artists."

Held Wolfgang

Director of Photography started his career in New York City in the early 1990s. His first theatrical feature in the US, Ripe. He has since photographed many feature films, including Rob Morrow's directorial debut Maze, Floating, a Phaedra release of 1999, for which Held was awarded the Best Cinematography prize at the 1999 New England Film Festival, and two films by director Gary Winick, The Tic Code starring Gregory Hines and Polly Draper and Sam The Man starring Fisher Stevens and Annabella Sciorra.

Aaron Woolf

Aaron Woolf is the director and producer of the critically acclaimed film, King Corn. He received a master's in film at the University of Iowa, but got the bulk of his education working in the field in Lima, Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York. In 2000, Woolf directed Greener Grass: Cuba, Baseball, and the United States, a WNET-ITVS co-production that received a Rockie Award and aired nationally on PBS.