Maro Chermayeff

Department Chair

Julie Anderson

Executive Producer, Documentaries & Development, WNET

Axel Baumann


Mira Chang


Peter Chelkowski


Micah Fink

Director, Producer

Kristian Gonzales

Editor, Colorist, Technical Consultant

Tom Hurwitz, ASC


Kirsten Johnson

Director/ Cinematographer

Mark Mandler, CAS

Production Sound

Thom Powers

Festival Director

Bob Richman


Jerry Risius


Amy Schewel

Producer & Archival Researcher

Erik Spink


JT Takagi

Sound Recordist

Rose Vincelli Gustine

Director of Operations

Select Guest Lecturers

Nancy Abraham

Vice President, HBO Documentary

Abigail Disney

CEO and President, Fork Films

Tamara Gould

Senior Vice President, ITVS

Judith Helfand

Co-Founder, Chicken & Egg Pictures

Beth Hoppe

Chief Programming Executive, PBS

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

President, HBO Documentary Films

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)


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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Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman
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Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings
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Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings

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NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives
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NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives

We are excited to announce that new this year, SocDoc is expanding our class offerings to include a couple of weekend-long workshops as well as a two-week summer session. These classes are all open to the public.

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