Faculty

Pittsburgh Filmmakers' faculty is composed of many of the best artists and professionals working in the Pittsburgh community. We draw our faculty from a broad cross-section of professions: independent filmmakers, photographic and video artists, actors, web designers, screenwriters, animators, experimental filmmakers, curators, editors and producers at public and commercial television stations, owners of production companies, and magazine and newspaper photographers. Their expertise and creative energy are a significant contribution to the quality of education at the School.

 

SUE ABRAMSON

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

(BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art) Sue exhibits her work nationally and regionally including exhibitions at the Houston Center for Photography, the Visual Studies Workshop and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Her photographs have been published in Extended Frames, Pittsburgh Revealed: Photographs Since 1850 and in the Pinhole Journal. Her work is in numerous collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Allentown Art Museum and the Polaroid Collection. Examples of Sue's work are online here.  email: sabramson@pfpca.org.

JOHN CANTINE

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

(MFA, Film Production, Ohio University; BFA, Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University) John is Directer of Education at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, a freelance video editor and script consultant, and an independent film and video artist. His short films have been screened in several regional and national film festivals. He is co-author of the filmmaking textbook, Shot By Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking. See johncantine.com online or contact John at jcantine@pfpca.org.

RICHARD KELLY

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Richard is primarily a portrait photographer and photo essayist. His work has been published in numerous publications including: PITTSBURGH, PEOPLE and FORTUNE. A 2009 recipient of a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Exhibitions of his work have been exhibited at Concept Art Gallery and Silver Eye Center for Photography. Kelly received a 2011 IPC Professional Photographer Leadership Award at the United Nations. Past President of the ASMP and the former director of photography at WQED Multimedia, and is currently the president of Indigo Factory, Inc. See richardkelly.com online or contact Richard at rkelly@pfpca.org.

WILL ZAVALA

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

(MA, Stanford University) Will is a freelance media producer specializing in documentaries. He works with business and institutional clients, and has credits on productions for ITVS, PBS, MTV, and HBO. His films and videos have screened in festivals internationally and on public television. He also runs the monthly open screening, Doc Salon. email: wzavala@pfpca.org.

 

ADJUNCT FACULTY

Adam Abrams, Adjunct Instructor

(BA, Philosophy & History of Mathematics, St. John's College) Adam is a filmmaker, educator, obsolete equipment technician, former board member of Pittsburgh Filmmakers,  and curator of Jefferson Presents... micro-cinema for over a decade from 2000-2010. He explores hand-processing, system films, optical printing, re-photography, contact printing – both hand and machine – and other duplicative filmmaking, camera-less filmmaking, direct animation, projector performance, and chance informed time-based experiments in multi-lateral image and audio synchronizations.

Karen Antonelli, Adjunct Associate Professor

(MFA, Vermont College; BA, University of Wales Institute, UK) Karen is an artist from Bristol, England, where she exhibited at the Arnolfini Gallery, Watershed Media Centre and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. After completing an artist residency in Omaha, Nebraska, she moved to Pittsburgh where she teaches photography at Filmmakers. Locally, her work is on permanent exhibition at the Convention Center, and the Tom Museum on the North Side.

Jack Bailey, Adjunct Instructor

B.A. & M.A., Allegheny College; 30+ years experience in sound production, as audio engineer, soundtrack designer, producer/director, & studio manager; produced/engineered over 20,000 tracks in New York, Nashville, Dallas, San Francisco, & Pittsburgh; teaching experience at Robert Morris U., Duquesne U. & Pgh. Filmmakers; specializes in audio post for film/TV, and directing spoken word recordings, including (with partner Amy Hartman) teaching & producing professional VO demos.

Tim Benedict, Adjunct Instructor

Tim was the director of audio services at Summit Film Lab. He has extensive experience with fundamental recording technologies, editing and mixing for video, film and multimedia. He is certified in audio technology (Brown Institute) and is immersed in the continuing digital evolution.

Mary Jane Bent, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BA, Mount Holyoke College) Mary Jane is the manager of photographic services at the University of Pittsburgh and a freelance photographer. She has taught photography at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University and privately. Formerly the Director of Photography at Allegheny General Hospital, her work has been published regionally and nationally. She has received several awards for her work including the Addy, the Matrix and PRSA awards. See maryjanebent.com online.

Aaron Blum, Adjunct Instructor

(MFA, Syracuse University; BFA, West Virginia University) Aaron is an artist from West Virginia, which is the subject of his photographic work. He exhibits both nationally and internationally at such places as; The Halpert Biennial: Appalachian State University, the Phodar Biennial in Bulgaria and the Mpls Photography Center. Aaron won the juror's choice award for the 2011 project competition at the Santa Fe Center for Photography.

Mike Bonello, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BA, Pennsylvania State University) Mike is an independent media artist and musician. His work has been screened locally at the Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory, as well as at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and on MTV2 in Europe.

Kamen Bonev, Adjunct Instructor

(MFA, Film and TV, National Academy for Theater and Film Arts of Bulgaria) Kamen is a visual media artist, an independent photographer/cinematographer, and lecturer in forensic photography. He is an underwater visual media specialist and contributed to UNESCO underwater archeology research team. Also he is a member of Ensemble Palimpsest group, performing internationally.

Jeffrey Boyd, Adjunct Instructor

(BFA, Carnegie Mellon University) Jeff is an award-winning graphic/industrial designer for Grant Paul Design, Inc. and he was the manager of the corporate design group for PPG Industries. Jeff won the first digital imaging award presented by the Printing Industry of America.

Derek Burgess, Adjunct Instructor

(B.S. Graphic Design, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh) Derek is a designer/developer, serial entrepreneur, and documentary producer. He views the world in Cascading Style Sheets.

Jim Burke, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BA, Point Park University) Jim is the former director of Photo Services at the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught photography at Community College of Allegheny County and at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, where he also served as a member of the Board of Directors. His post-undergraduate work at the Rochester Institute of Photography included the study of materials and processes of photography, the history of photography and antique photographic processes.

Frank J. Caloiero, Adjunct Instructor

(BA, Duquesne University) Frank is an editor/director of photography for WQED-TV.  He works on both national and local documentaries, and has shot in the Oval Office, the Papal Palace, Super Bowl XL and many locations for Rick Sebak's local documentaries.  He has also edited music videos, commercials and an Imax film. His television credits include PBS, VH1, The Learning Channel, and the Discovery Channel.

Newt Calkins, Adjunct Instructor

(MFA Film, Boston University) Newt is an award-winning writer of short scripts and teleplays, an adjunct instructor at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and a freelance story analyst and script consultant whose clients have included Lionsgate Films, The Hollywood Gang, the Estonian Film Foundation, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, Sono Patel (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Andrew Dodge (Bad Words).

Amy Hartman, Adjunct Instructor

Amy studied at New York University and Hunter College. Produced hundreds of demo cd’s; producer and director with NPR and for regional radio and television spots; national voice-over spots include American Express, Pepsi, Levi Jeans, McDonald’s and many others; appeared in Emmy-winning Titanic documentary; member of S.A.G; A.F.T.R.A. and Actor’s Equity Association.

Lorraine Heidekat, Adjunct Associate Professor

(BA, Duquesne University) Lorraine is an Emmy-winning freelance writer/producer whose projects have included everything from a documentary about adopting disabled children to a comedy set in a funeral home. Her writing experience covers newspaper reporting, copywriting, playwrighting and scripting.

Teresa Heistand, Adjunct Assistant Instructor

(B.A., Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh) Teresa is an independent digital artist; freelance video producer, editor, writer; 2D and 3D graphics.

Susan Howard, Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media Program

(BA, Pennsylvania State University) Susan has been Director of PF/PCA's youth media program, Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media Program, since 2007. An adjunct faculty member of Pittsburgh Filmmakers School of Film, Photography and Digital Media since 1988, she is co-author of the widely used filmmaking text, Shot By Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking. A veteran film and video editor with credits ranging from public television to independent features and commercial production, she served as editor of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for more than ten seasons.

Barry Howell, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(MA, University of Pittsburgh. BA, Temple University.) At Filmmakers, Barry teaches courses on film analysis, film theory, and criticism. He has taught courses at the University of Pittsburgh in film analysis, world film history, television analysis, and film-based composition. His doctoral research examined the historical, theoretical, and creative relationship between film and new media. He has worked as an editorial assistant for an internationally acclaimed syndicated cartoonist. Additionally, Barry is an independent artist and writer who has collaborated with Bewegung Nurr, a multi-media arts group based in Berlin and Dresden, Germany.

William Judson, Adjunct Associate Professor

(MA, Oberlin College) Bill is the former curator of Film and Video at Carnegie Museum of Art and teaches in the Art History Department at the University of Pittsburgh. He held a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to France through Yale University for film research. He has served on many selection panels for state and federal agencies and private foundations, and has lectured and published on a range of art history and media arts topics.

Seth Kenlon, Adjunct Instructor

Seth is an independent multimedia artist, free culture advocate, and UNIX geek. He has produced albums for Fat Chance Lester, has produced award-winning short films and experimental films too weird to win any awards. Currently he maintains a set of multimedia software packages for slackbuilds.org and an online tutorial on building a free, GNU+Linux multimedia workstation on his websiteslackermedia. He has written articles for Linux JournalLinux Identity, and the L.A. Final Cut Pro Users Group. He has also published three science fiction e-books currently also being produced as audio books: "Revolution Radio", "Private Property", and "Kathy and Thomas".

Paul William Kruse, Adjunct Instructor

(BA, Northwestern University) Paul is a playwright, film/video maker, and teaching artist from Western Wisconsin. He works as an independent video artist on a freelance basis for various local performing artists and arts organizations. He is a founding member and resident playwright of Hatch Arts Collective, a group of performing artists working in Pittsburgh’s East End. Seewww.paulwkruse.com online.

Zsuzsi Matolcsy, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(MFA, photography, Maine Media College; BA, photography, Point Park University) Zsuzsi is a photographer, educator, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellow. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of regional, national and international galleries, and is in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. She has been published in the European photography journal Fotomuvszet. See zsuzsimatolcsy.com online.

William (Buzz) Miller, Adjunct Instructor

(BA, University of Pittsburgh) Buzz is a freelance videographer, editor, AV systems integrator, installation artist and video designer for live performance. His recent collaborators include Attack Theater and Squonk Opera. He has designed and integrated multimedia into live science demonstrations for the Carnegie Science Center.

Jeff Monahan, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jeff is a professional actor, screenwriter, producer/director, and president of 72nd St. Films. He has appeared on television in ABC's "Target Earth," NBC's "Deep Attack," and PBS's "The War That Made America;" films include John Sayles's Lone Star and George Romero's Bruiser. Two of his screenplays have been produced as feature films: Hits,with Martin Sheen, and Spree, with Michael Ironside. He's the co-creator, co-producer, co-director, and writer of the DVD series, George A. Romero Presents Deadtime Stories.He's taught screenwriting, acting technique and film production at Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University and New York University. His company is developing a number of film and TV projects. See 72ndstfilms.com online.

Dean Mougianis, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BA, University of Pittsburgh) Dean has been an electronic media professional for over 25 years. During that time he has functioned as scriptwriter, producer, editor, digital animator, compositor and designer. He was at one time station manager of WYEP-FM and a regular contributor of radio theatre productions there. He currently operates a digital video post-production business producing work for clients locally and nationally.

Ross Nugent, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(MFA, Film Production, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; BA, Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh) Ross is a moving-image artist creating experimental, observational documentary and expanded cinema works. He has screened his films and videos at festivals, museums and cinemas both nationally and internationally. Ross is also an independent film and video curator, and an advisor for MONO NO AWARE (NYC), a film exhibition and education group.

Carol O'Sullivan, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BA, Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh) Carol teaches American and International Film History at both Pittsburgh Filmmakers and LaRoche College. She was assistant curator of Film and Video at the Carnegie Museum of Art for several years. Currently she is Pittsburgh Filmmakers's media relations coordinator, as well as a freelance writer.

Mark Perrott, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BFA, Carnegie Mellon University) Mark is a fine art and commercial photographer. His work is in the collections of many museums including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries, including the Carnegie Museum of Art and O.K. Harris in New York. He has published two monographs of his photographs, Eliza and Hope Abandoned. See markperrott.com online.

Tom Persinger, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BGS, Kent State University) Tom is a photographer, writer, curator, and the founder of f295, an international organization that believes in the value of a heterogeneous photographic approach, in which digital, historic, and self-made methods are employed. His photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions and are in many private collections in the US and Europe. He has been published in Photographic Possibilities (3rd Edition), Afterimage, Ag, Black and White Photography (UK), PhotoEd, and View Camera.He has lectured at numerous colleges and universities, and is a member of Freestyle Photographic's Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals.

Mary Rawson, Adjunct Associate Professor

(MFA, Theatre Arts: Acting, Point Park University) Mary is an independent filmmaker, an Emmy award-winner, and a writer/producer of dramas and documentaries shown on PBS and A&E. She is an award-winning actor in film, television, and on the stage. She is also an improv performer, broadcast coach, a member of Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company and a member of AFTRA, EQUITY and SAG. She played Cousin Mary on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for many years.

Robert Rutkowski, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Robert is a writer, producer, and director. He operates a film and video production company, The Magic Lantern, which specializes in producing audio/visual programs for business and industry. He began his career as a director in the U.S. Army and has produced commercials and industrial films. He was the director of production services at George Romero's Latent Image company where he was responsible for pre and post production of feature films.

Michael Schwab, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(MA, Antioch University, McGregor; BFA, Kansas City Art Institute) Mike is an administrator, producer and animator at Kensington Falls Animation, a Pittsburgh-based animation studio. His studio has won more than a dozen local and regional awards for their animated TV commercials and has had animation presented on MTV Cartoon Sushi, Sundance Film Festival, and Nicktoons Animation Festival. He is an instructor, on campus and online of Hand-Drawn Animation, Acting, Drawing and Anatomies, and Production Team in the Media Arts and Animation Department at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Ivette Spradlin, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ivette Spradlin received her BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and her MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA. She has concentrated on photographing the people of different subcultures and their environs, from punks to skateboarders to Cuban exiles in the United States. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, and has taught photography and digital art at colleges and universities in and around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Brian Staszel, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BFA, New York University) Brian is the Multimedia Designer for the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. His video work at the Robotics Institute has been credited in programs produced for PBS and The Discovery Channel. Before coming to Pittsburgh Brian was a Multimedia Programmer with Brady Communications and worked on a team that produced interactive projects for clients such as PNC Bank, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Phipps Conservatory. Brian won a silver medal in the New York Festivals competition for his work at Brady. He was a teaching assistant in the audio recording and mixing studios at NYU for three years and his films have been featured in festivals in the US and broadcast in the UK and Japan. See brianstaszel.com online.

Kaoru Tohara, Assistant Professor

(MFA, Indiana University) Kaoru is a fine art photographer and 3D artist who exhibits and lectures regionally, nationally and internationally. His work was included in the 1996 Biennial at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Digital Image Biennial Exhibition at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery in North Carolina, where he won the Qualex Corporation Award.

Dylan Vitone, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BA, St. Edward's University; MFA, Massachusetts College of Art) Dylan is primarily a documentary photographer. He was named the 2009 Emerging Artist at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. His photographs have been exhibited widely and collected by many major museums including; The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, George Eastman House, Portland Art Museum, Harry Ransom Center, Polaroid Collection, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is Assistant Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Seedylanvitone.comonline.

Ralph Vituccio, Adjunct Associate Professor

(BS, University of Pittsburgh; M.E.T. (Masters in Entertainment Technology), Carnegie Mellon University).  Ralph is an independent film and video writer, producer and director. He is the Director of Media Development in Communications Design and a Professor in the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. As an independent film and video maker, he has received numerous grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Region Media Arts Fellowship Program and the National Endowment for the Arts. His documentary, Performance: The Living Art, won a 1990 Artist Distinction Award at the 40th annual Berlin International Film Festival.  "In Service:  Iraq to Pittsburgh", a film about local Western Pennsylvania soldiers returning home from the Iraq war, was nominated for an 2010 Emmy.  He's currently working on, "Shipbreakers", a film about how cargo ships and ocean liners are salvaged.  Shot in India, China and the United States it looks at the people who do this type of work and the harm it does to the environment.  Ralph's interactive exhibits can be seen in the Philadelphia Seaport Museum, Carnegie Science Center, National Civil War Museum, and Philadelphia Civic Center, among others.

Bill Wade, Adjunct Assistant Professor

(BFA, Ohio University) Bill is a photojournalist, writer, educator, curator and fine art photographer. He is an award winning staff photographer and photo editor at the daily Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, having been nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize in Photography and three times named Pennsylvania Press Photographer Association's Photographer of the Year. He has exhibited and published internationally, has received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Visual Arts fellowship, and a Golden Light award from the Maine Photographic Workshops for "Television in Our Culture." See www.williamdwade.com

Nancy Zielinski, Adjunct Instructor

(MA, University of Pittsburgh) Nancy has taught the history of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh and has exhibited and reviewed literature on digital imagery. She earned a graduate Certificate in Multimedia from Duquesne University, where her thesis work focused on the role of James A.M. Whistler and the defining of styles of photography in Alfred Steiglitz's publicationCamera Work (1903-1917). She interned with The New Media Group.