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

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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Summer Intensive: A Few Places Still Available
April 04, 2018

Summer Intensive: A Few Places Still Available

Ross Kauffman (Born Into Brothels), Richard Hankin (The Jinx), Deborah Dickson (Ruthie & Connie), Ann Collins (Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold), Tom Hurwitz, ASC (Queen of Versailles) confirmed faculty; what you will learn, and more!

 
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Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 30, 2018

Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 7) are invited to apply for the first ever SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.
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Spring Festivals!
March 20, 2018

Spring Festivals!

Spring feels like Festival Season & we are zipping around North America this month with films from our prolific faculty and alumni. SocDocers are attending many festivals – we hope to see you around!
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Summer Residency: The Art of the Documentary Interview
February 14, 2018

Summer Residency: The Art of the Documentary Interview

We are launching our first summer intensive - a two-week ‘Mini-SocDoc’ for emerging filmmakers to polish their skills as directors. Read More