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

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

Faculty News view all

DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!
October 21, 2019

DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!

We are thrilled to see so many SocDoc filmmakers a part of this year’s DOC NYC line-up! DOC NYC, America's largeset documentary festival, is entering it's tenth year, November 6-15, 2019. We are proud long-time supporters of the festiva Read More
Fall 2020 Info Sessions
October 15, 2019

Fall 2020 Info Sessions

Ready to incite change and amplify the compelling stories you find in the world? Our graduate documentary film program sharpens your artistic voice. Read More
SocDoc Faculty Films Airing Now!
October 09, 2019

SocDoc Faculty Films Airing Now!

SVA MFA Documentary Faculty prides itself on the fact that our entire faculty are working filmmakers. And, they are busy! Here’s a rundown of just some of our faculty’s recent films. Click the links to watch the films & find out more! Read More
9th Annual Thesis Showcase Films
September 24, 2019

9th Annual Thesis Showcase Films

Celebrate the graduates of School of VISUAL ARTS MFA Social Documentary Film with the 9th Annual Thesis Showcase. We are proud to celebrate GROUP 9, the class of 2019! Here we share their work-in-progress thesis films, which inspire and a Read More