Faculty

Maro Chermayeff

Department Chair

Axel Baumann

Cinematographer

Mira Chang

Filmmaker

Peter Chelkowski

Cinematographer

Micah Fink

Director, Producer

Kristian Gonzales

Editor, Colorist, Technical Consultant

Tom Hurwitz, ASC

Cinematographer

Mark Mandler, CAS

Production Sound

Kat Patterson

Cinematographer

Thom Powers

Festival Director

Bob Richman

Cinematographer

Jerry Risius

Cinematographer

Amy Schewel

Producer & Archival Researcher

Erik Spink

Filmmaker

JT Takagi

Sound Recordist

Rose Vincelli Gustine

Director of Operations

Select Guest Lecturers

Kirsten Johnson

Director/ Cinematographer ("Camera Person")

Nancy Abraham

Co-President, HBO Documentaries

Abigail Disney

CEO and President, Fork Films

Tamara Gould

Senior Vice President, ITVS

Judith Helfand

Co-Founder, Chicken & Egg Pictures

Beth Hoppe

Senior Vice President, ABC News Long-form Programming

Michael Kantor

Executive Producer of American Masters, PBS

Simon Kilmurry

Executive Director, International Documentary Association

Susan Lacy

Series Creator, American Masters, PBS

Eliza Licht

VP of Content Strategy & Engagement, POV

Sheila Nevins

Former President, HBO Documentaries

Jose Rodriguez

Director, Documentary Programs, Tribeca Film Institute

Molly Thompson

Senior Vice President, A&E IndieFilms

Natalia Almada

Filmmaker ("El General")

Michael Apted

Filmmaker ("7 Up series")

Joe Berlinger

Filmmaker ("Paradise Lost")

Doug Block

Filmmaker ("51 Birch Street")

Christine Choy

Filmmaker ("Who Killed Vincent Chin?")

Marshall Curry

Filmmaker ("If A Tree Falls")

Jason DaSilva

Filmmaker ("When I Walk")

Susan Froemke

Filmmaker ("Escape Fire")

Alex Gibney

Filmmaker ("Taxi to the Dark Side")

Sam Green

Filmmaker ("Utopia in Four Movements")

Lauren Greenfield

Filmmaker ("The Queen of Versailles")

Zachary Heinzerling

Filmmaker ("Cutie and the Boxer")

Ellen Kuras, ASC

Filmmaker, Cinematographer ("The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)")

Darius Clark Monroe

Filmmaker ("Evolution of a Criminal")

Ross McElwee

Filmmaker ("Sherman's March")

Muffie Meyer

Filmmaker ("Grey Gardens")

Brett Morgen

Filmmaker ("Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck")

Michel Negroponte

Filmmaker ("Jupiter’s Wife")

Marcel Ophuls

Filmmaker ("The Sorrow and the Pity")

DA Pennebaker

Filmmaker ("Don’t Look Back")

Yoruba Richen

Filmmaker ("The New Black")

Jay Rosenblatt

Filmmaker ("I Used to Be a Filmmaker")

Bernardo Ruiz

Filmmaker ("Reportero")

Kazuhiro Sôda

Filmmaker ("Campaign")

Ondi Timoner

Filmmaker ("We Live In Public")

Pamela Yates

Filmmaker ("Granito")

Jeremiah Zagar

Filmmaker ("In A Dream")

Caveh Zahedi

Filmmaker ("The Sheikh and I")

Yance Ford

Filmmaker ("Strong Island")

Frederick Wiseman

Filmmaker ("Titicut Follies")

Zhao Liang

Filmmaker ("Behemoth")

Staff

Maro Chermayeff

Department Chair

Joseph V. Eisenstein

Video & Production Equipment Manager

Kristian Gonzales

Editor, Colorist, Technical Consultant

Rose Vincelli Gustine

Director of Operations

Timothy Doyle

Assistant to the Chair

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Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni
May 29, 2019

Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni

A great many SocDoc alumni films are recently streaming into the comfort of your home these days - so we compiled a list to make a TV party easy for you! Check out the work our alumni are making, and tell a friend. Read More
Spring Festivals!
April 04, 2019

Spring Festivals!

Festival season is ramping up and our prolific SocDoc alum are screening at major festivals across North America. Here’s a rundown of where SocDocers and their films are at over the next few months:  Read More
2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 29, 2019

2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 8) are invited to apply for the second annual SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.

Acknowledging that emerging documenta Read More
March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops
February 12, 2019

March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops

We've got two weekend workshops coming up in March to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills. Read More