IAFT does not hire career filmmaking professors. We hire Mentors…
A Mentor is someone who believes in you, who sees your potential, and who wants to help you find your own path to success. We hire industry-experienced professionals that want to share their experience and knowledge of their craft.
We know that you want to be taught by those that have actually worked in the industry and have real working experience to share. IAFT Mentors are chosen from around the globe with careful consideration. Our Mentors have actual industry experience, instructional skills, and – most importantly – the ability to nurture you in your creative and technical aspirations.
Because we hire working professionals, we cannot promise who our mentors will be in any given term. What we can promise is that all of our Mentors will be veterans of the industry with knowledge to share.
IAFT’s mentor rotation is a huge benefit to our students because filmmaking isn’t math. There is no right or wrong answer – to anything. One person’s mistake is another’s artistic decision. IAFT tries to offer our young filmmakers as many different views on filmmaking as possible.
The more points of view you are exposed to, the better you’ll become as a filmmaker. And more than that, with every new Mentor, you expand your industry network. The more people you know, the easier it is to find work when you leave.
IAFT Mentors are here to guide you to success. They are here to show you how to create your own path and get you where you want to go.
More than just our Mentors, IAFT also routinely enlists top lecturers to give you unique, practical insights into the world of film.
Are you ready to take the first step? Apply now and let our Mentors guide you to success in the film industry.
Doug Dearth directed and produced the award-winning documentary, 9000 Needles, and has produced documentaries for the critically acclaimed Vanguard Documentary Series on Current TV. He’s served in various positions from Music Coordinator to Associate Producer and Second Unit Director on multiple films for John Cusack’s New Crime Productions, including Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity. He’s also worked as an actor with noted directors Stephen Frears, Bruce Beresford, Clint Eastwood and Harold Ramis. Doug directed and produced the feature ﬁlm Underdogs, ﬁlmed on location in Canton, Ohio. He is currently slated to direct the feature ﬁlmThree Dog Night, on which he’s also co-writer. Doug’s production company, One In A Row Films, is based in Santa Monica. He teaches Documentary production.
Sean Akers is a producer at the independent production company Before The Door. He was an associate producer on J.C. Chandor’s debut film Margin Call in 2011, starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, and Zachary Quinto, and is now co-producer on Chandor’s follow-up feature, All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford.
Sean was also co-producer on Victor Quinaz’s TWV Project and executive producer on Blair Erickson’s horror feature, The Banshee Chapter. He produced Dog Eat Dog, a short film by Sian Heder, starring Zachary Quinto and Philip Baker Hall—it’s a modern fable about pet adoption.
A Pittsburgh native, Sean taught high school in Philadelphia, was a graphic designer in a multimedia company, served as a Director of Marketing for a skin care line, helped launch a theatre company, managed musicians, and developed his own web and graphic design business.
He wrote and published THE SECRETS OF CROWDFUNDING: A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting the Most From Your Kickstarter Campaign last year, after doing a seminar on Crowdsource Funding at IAFT. He teaches Film Finance, Marketing & Distribution for IAFT.
Cara Hamill: Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: Acting: George Loros, Geoffrey Horne, Irma Sandry Film: Darcy Marta Singing: Jan Douglas. Mrs. Hamill teaches the following classes in the Advanced Filmmaking Program: IFA 104 Movement 101, IFA 204 Movement 202, AFA 104 Movement 101, AFA 204 Movement 204, AFA 304 Movement & Voice 301.
Cara Hamill is a SAG member and has been a working actor in New York and Los Angles for over 5 years. She has been James Toback’s Donnie Brasco and Woddy Allen’s Hanna and Her Sisters. Cara Hamill has been in many other films as well as Theatre productions.
Matthew Ashford is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts and is widely known for playing Jack Devereaux on NBC’S Days of Our Lives, in addition to playing contract roles on One Life to Live, Search for Tomorrow, and General Hospital. Matthew’s myriad film and television work includes Species, Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss, Bonfire of the Vanities, Dharma and Greg, Providence, Burke’s Law, Quantum Leap, Pacific Blue, Charmed and Tom Clancy’s miniseries Net Force. Theatrically, Matt has starred in Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, Funny Girl, 110 In the Shade, and Arsenic and Old Lace. He received rave reviews from the L.A. Times for his portrayal of Officer Lockstock in the L.A. Premiere of Urinetown. He received the Artistic Director Achievement Award for Lead Actor in a Musical for Into the Woods in which he portrayed the Wolf/Prince. Other roles include the Soldier/Alex in Sunday in the Park with George, Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music, Thomas Jefferson in 1776, and Bill Austin in the National touring company of Mamma Mia! He teaches both Stage and Film Acting History at IAFT.
Jeff Bacon grew up and attended college in Nebraska before moving to Los Angeles where he studied screenwriting at UCLA. While working day jobs at movie studios such as MGM and New Line Cinema, Jeff wrote and directed several short films, including Birth of a Salesman (1999), My Life is a Movie (2002), and Distorted (2006). Jeff turned to teaching in 2007, serving as screenwriting mentor, senior mentor, and Program Director for Filmmaking at IAFT in Cebu, through 2010. He has also directed every episode of a comedy web series he wrote and created with Joe Davidson. He and his wife Cindy have a daughter, Liana, born in 2012. Jeff currently resides in Los Angeles and teaches producing.
Frederick Bailey made his debut as a feature director with Shogun Cop, a fantasy adventure unveiled at the Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival. A total of 23 of his screenplays have made it to film. Frederick has worked extensively with producers as diverse as Roger Corman and Bob Rafelson. His screen acting credits include supporting roles in nearly 20 films, as well as a recurring role on NBC’s Days of Our Lives. Fred has also directed over one hundred stage plays in theatres all across the U.S. Recently, he’s written, directed and on-screen hosted two 45-minute educational documentaries for IAFT: DIRECTING andSCREENWRITING. He’s taught acting, directing, and screenwriting in Japan and the Philippines.
David Michael Barrett has an extensive background in writing and producing reality television, including the internationally syndicatedShop the World series and numerous shows on HGTV, including What’s With That House?, Over Your Head, Man Land, and several network specials. David is the screenwriter and executive producer of the award-winning indie comedy, Bad Actress, which premiered at the Miami International Film Festival, before screening in festivals worldwide and eventually selling to Strand Releasing. David’s contemporary screwball comedy, Such Good People, went into production this spring. After graduating from the California State University Northridge film program, David began his career at Warner Bros. and Spelling Entertainment. He teaches Non-Scripted Television.
Steven Boe began his career in front of the camera working as an actor on several features and television series including Wild Bill,The 60’s, L.A. Law, Baywatch Nights, and most notably as Cam Cutler in Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion. He is the co-founder and President of Imaginal Cells FilmWorks, a production and post-production company in Los Angeles. In addition to working with filmstudios and network television, Steven has independently produced and directed several award-winning films, including the dark comedy Ugly On The Inside (currently being developed as a television series), and the animated documentary Mythic Journeys, featuring the voices of Tim Curry and Mark Hamill. Boe has been a guest speaker and panelist at multiple film festivals, schools, conferences and organizations. He’s a member of Film Independent; the International Documentary Association; SAG; AEA; the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and on the board of directors for The Brittany Foundation (a non-profit group dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned dogs). Steven teaches Cinematography, Producing, PSA, and Locations.
Lana holds an MFA in Acting from Arizona State University and a BFA from the University of South Dakota. She has taught at Cal State Pomona, Texas Lutheran University, Arizona State University, the Shakespeare Society in NYC, and for the last seven years has been specializing in the teaching, developing and directing of physical-based, long-form improvisation at The Hothouse here in Los Angeles. Professionally she has performed with the Southwest Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Sedona in Arizona, the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, The Judith Shakespeare Company in NYC, The Shakespeare Theatre in DC, and the Black Hills Playhouse in South Dakota. Most recently, she performed opposite Kevin Kline in The Lover and The Poet with the Southwest Shakespeare Company. Lana mentors Movement, Voice and Improvisation at IAFT.
Frederick Ponzlov starred in Forfeit of Grace, for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the Method Film Festival. He’s appeared in numerous features and TV episodes and is a winner of three Dramalogue Awards for acting, but took a hiatus nine years ago to start a career as a screenwriter. His first screenplay, Undertaking Betty, starring Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts, Alfred Molina and Brenda Blethyn, received rave reviews at Cannes and won a BAFTA Award for Best Comedy. He’s got two other scripts under option. His book, Solomon Speaks on Reconnecting Your Life, written with Dr. Eric Pearl, has received great critical praise and is being published throughout the globe. A graduate of the famous Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, Fred’s currently the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Repertory Theatre. Throughout his 30-year career, he’s taught the Meisner Acting Technique. He teaches acting in Long Beach and now at IAFT in Burbank.
Joe brings over 25 years of experience in the sound recording and post-production industry. Joe says, “Sound is my life.” In high school he won a College Competition Award in Electronic Futuristic Music using Musique Concrete, a technique used to manipulate sounds. He’s also worked with legends of the music industry and recorded a Grammy-winner. He has years of experience in sound engineering, working in some of the largest professional studios in Los Angeles, recording everything from simple, single microphone sessions, to full band and orchestra, location recording and mixing. He’s created sound design in many Anime titles, including Ghost In the Shell and Street Fighter II, as well as video games (Resident Evil 5). He is incredibly experienced in Foley, ADR and voice direction, and has taught engineering at the American Recording Institute. He has used Pro Tools since its inception and knows Logic and Digital Performer as well. As a songwriter, he has written songs for Silent Hill, and runs his own sound establishment, Shadow Box Studio.
Darren E Scott grew up in Richmond, BC, Canada, where he began studying Karate at the age of 8 and received his black belt at the age of 11. He trained throughout his high school and college/post college years and became a Canadian National Champion in Forms and Point Sparring. His first taste of the film industry was working on the 1995 feature film “The Hunted” where he played a ninja along side the stuntmen. After returning from living in Japan for one year and learning basic conversational Japanese, he made the decision to pursue a professional acting career. His extensive acting training includes studying with renowned teachers Jeanne Hartman, Andrew McIlroy and Michael Shore. Darren’s recent feature films show his versatility as an actor. From Hong Kong trader Quentin Wong in Supercapitalist, to the Rodent Chief in Man With The Iron Fists to the Assassin Lei 雷 in his first Chinese film “刺客 – Game of Assassins”, his character range continues to grow.
Kenneth Wiatrak is a professional director of photography, live-action cameraman, and visual effects supervisor with a BFA in Filmmaking and Photography from the University of Michigan. He’s a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild, the Visual Effects Society, and the Animation Guild. He’s served as D.P. on countless live-action features and TV shows, plus trailers, titles and shorts for Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney, and New Line, and has shot promos for the major U.S. television networks. He was the D.P., Visual Effects Supervisor and Pre-Visualization Artist on the live-action/animated short, The Cat Who Talked to a King, for the Disney studio. He’s worked on myriad broadcast commercials, frequently acting as both director and D.P. He has been the cinematographer on multiple music videos, including Widespread Panic/Live at the Georgia Theatre for director Billy Bob Thornton, and on many documentaries. Kenneth also has lectured on visual effects at the International School of Film and Television in Cuba.
Alex Murphy’s professional acting career in film, television and theater has spanned the United States, Europe, and Asia. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Performance, Murphy spent a few years performing in resident theatres in South Florida, and as a founding member and principle actor in the much publicized improv group, SCHOOL OF NIGHT.
Alex appeared in many OFF Broadway productions including LOU GEHRIG DID NOT DIE OF CANCER, DOPES, and FRESH MEAT at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York; THINGS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SAID at the West Bank Theatre; and BUCK FEVER and WHITE BOYS at the Westbeth Theatre Center, IRON TOMMY at Manhattan Punchline, THE SEA OF CORTEZ at the Workhouse Theatre, and THE AUTHORS VOICE and THE PRIEST AND THE ETHIOPIAN… by filmmaker Paul Weitz, at The Women’s InterArt Annex. In the early 1990’s was granted a coveted lifetime membership at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Murphy’s work in film and television in the U.S. includes ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN, MADMAN and GUTS; his European films include KILER, MLODE WILKI, MOLDE WILKI 1⁄2, SUKCES, and AWKWARIUM.
Born in Milan (Italy), Francesco Uboldi lived and studied in Virginia (USA) as a teenager and then moved back to Italy where he majored in Communications at the University of Bologna. Here he founded a laboratory dedicated to online multimedia productions – where, after his theoretical studies, he began working with digital video.
Over the past decade, then, he directed, produced, and filmed several award-winning documentaries and worked on TV shows, interactive multimedia pieces, and reportages. He gained a broad international experience shooting in numerous countries in Europe, America, Africa, and Asia.
Currently, he also teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Milan (IULM).
Michael Jacques: Bachelor of Fine Arts; Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts; Broward Community College, Davie, Florida. Mr. Jacques teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced On Camera Film Acting Program.
Lucas Griego has worked as Cinematographer, Production Designer, and Gaffer on a multitude of award winning films, TV commercials and music videos both in the US and across Asia.
Having worked for over decade in all facets of film/television/media production in both Hong Kong and across China, he brings a real world approach to filmmaking and visual storytelling. His ability to employ an intuitive approach to telling stories cinematically draws on extensive real world experience (including extensive world travel) and translates into an invaluable resource for the IAFT Student Body and community.
Additionally, he comes from a long history of animation and children’s publishing. Luc played a key creative role as character and product designer for Disney, Hannah-Barbera, Warner Brothers, and others.
Mark Fernandez has been doing CGI work for the past 10 years and he was lead CG artist in Bigfoot for its feature productions films. where he did the visual effects and animations for bigfoot’s projects. Later he did his freelance jobs from TV commercials to various clients from local to international such as EA, Toshiba, and Disney. Mikmik is also TESDA certified trainer in 2D and 3D Animation.
Philip Muana, a TESDA certified trainer in 2D and 3D animation, was part of the pioneering batch of the video production team created by bigfoot when the company started back in 2002. He worked as the company’s in house video editor and motion graphics designer. He was also the Video Editor of the 2010 independent film, Ang Damgo Ni Eleuteria (Eleuteria’s Dream), that bagged awards in both local and international film festivals, and the Visual Effects Editor for 2011 Cinema One Originals’ Di Ingun Nato (Not Like Us) and My Paranormal Romance.
Michael Chasin M.B.A. and M.S. Human Resources Management; Nova Southeastern University; Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. Diploma in Filmmaking, Miami Film School: Mr. Chasin teaches the following classes in the Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 101 Screenwriting 101, AFM 201 Screenwriting 202, IFM 101 Screenwriting 101, IFM 201 Screenwriting 202, IFM 209 Career Development 201, AFM 209 Career Development 201, AFM 309 Career Development 302, AFM 405 Career Development 401; AFM 401 Film Finance, Marketing & Distribution.
At the pinnacle of a successful HR career, Michael gave up his corner office to attend film school and pursue his passion for film. Within a short time, Michael has become an award winning filmmaker (including Best Screenplay) with experience ranging from writing, directing, editing, and producing to screenplay consulting. Leveraging his management skills, Michael founded and currently serves as the Director of the ArtServe Film Maker Festival Series. Michael has also been a valued contributor to other film fests where he has presented screenwriting seminars, served as a Best Screenplay competition judge, and has been an award presenter. Michael’s passion for filmmaking has also returned him to our classrooms where he inspires students in his lectures on screenwriting, film finance, marketing, and distribution, film festival success, and career development. In addition to a earning a Diploma in Filmmaking, Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. In his spare time, Michael reads widely, severely neglects his lawn (but his neighbors still love him), and exercises just enough to delude himself that he is still in black belt shape.
Isaac Florentine: B.F.A. Film and Television – Tel Aviv University, Israel (1987). Isaac Florentine has directed 16 feature films and over 140 Television Episodes. Mr. Florentine teaches the following classes in the Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 103 Directing 101.
Rochelle Frederick: Masters of Music; concentration in music theory and composition, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida (May 2010). Bachelor of Music; commercial music with a concentration in music technology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida (December 2006). Rochelle Frederick teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 105 Sound 101, AFM 205 Sound 202, AFM 306 Sound 303, AFM 404 Thesis Post-Production 401.
Richard Hearsey started his television career at the BBC in London in the late 1970’s, and has worked as an editor, researcher, associate producer, producer, director, series producer and executive producer in almost every territory in the World across genres stretching from News & Current Affairs to Light Entertainment, and Children’s Programmes to Drama and Documentaries. During the 1980’s he worked on and developed many notable shows – some of which are still on air today. Richard has worked both behind and in front of the camera and notes that this experience has helped him work with talent and contributors on his productions.
In late 2008 he accepted a teaching position at the International Academy of Film & Television in Cebu to pass on his knowledge to international students. As well as teaching he has been active producing, directing and editing avp’s, tv and cinema commercials, documentaries. music videos and concerts – the most recent being for UK boy band A1 during their visit to Cebu at the end of 2012.
Richard has been nominated for a prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) award and Rose D’Or Award. With his extensive experience of international production, hands-on producing, working with talent, directing and performing, Richard is one of the foremost producers in the World today.
Gustavo Hernandez: Master of Fine Arts, The American Film Institute. Bachelor if Arts in Mass Communications, Central University of Venezuela. Mr. Hernandez teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 101 Screenwriting 101, AFM 201 Screenwriting 202, AFM 107 Editing 101, AFM 108 Editing 102, AFM 207 Editing 202, AFM 208 Editing 203, AFM 105 Sound 101, AFM 205 Sound 202, AFM 402 Financing, Marketing & Distribution 401, AFM 405 Career Development 401, IFM 101 Screenwriting 101, IFM 201 Screenwriting 202.
Mr. Hernandez has over 15 years of experience working for the entertainment industry as Director, Writer, Producer, and Editor. He earned an MFA degree on Film Directing at the prestigious American Film Institute in Los Angeles, California. Among his many recognitions, it is worth to mention “The Mexican dream”, a short film he wrote and directed, winner of 13 International Film Festivals in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, and Spain. Gustavo has been honored with the AFI Franklin J. Schaffner Fellowship Award for Best Director of the Year, and The Directors Guild of America announced him Best Latino Director of the year at The 2003 DGA Student Film Awards. The Mexican Dream also became National Finalist at the 2003 Student Academy Awards, and was purchased by HBO for a programming rotation of two years. He also teaches Film at Miami-Dade College and CCAT (Center of Cinematography Arts and Television).
Philip Jones II: M.S. Music Engineering Technology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida (May 2010). Philip Jones teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 105 Sound 101, AFM 205 Sound 202, AFM 306 Sound 303, AFM 404 Thesis Post-Production 401.
Louis Molina: Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production; Columbia College of Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Mr. Molina teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 306 Sound 303, AFM 306 New Media Production 301, AFM 307 Non scripted Television 301.
Mr. Molina has freelance experience with all the major television networks since the early 80’s covering every major news story in Latin America and the US. Since the mid 90’s coverage of news and documentaries of major events all over the world, as a Sound Technician, Cameraman or Producer. He has experience in Electronic News Gathering and Electronic Field Production. Experience working in reality shows and writing and producing his own documentaries.
Tom Nador: Over 20 year’s professional experience in the Filmmaking industry. Award winning, commercial DoP+Director with post experience. Experienced leader that can move a project from script-to-screen, Principal at award winning Production House, Laszlo Rain, with full service capabilities. Tom has produced and directed regional, national, and local commercials. Tom teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 102 Producing 101, AFM 103 Directing 101, AFM 104 Cinematography 101, AFM 105 Sound 101, AFM 106 Digital Film Production 101, AFM 107 Editing 101, AFM 202 Producing 202, AFM 203 Directing 202, AFM 204 Cinematography 202, AFM 205 Sound 202, AFM 206 Digital Film Production 202, AFM 207 Editing 202, AFM 302 Directing 303, AFM 305 Cinematography 303, AFM 306 Sound 303, AFM 309, AFM 310 Editing 303, AFM 401 Thesis Film Pre-Production 401, AFM 403 Thesis Film Production 401, AFM 404 Post Production 401.
Jacquelin Richards: BFA in Motion Picture TV and Recording Arts with a concentration in producing and directing from Florida State University (2010) Ms. Richards teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 102 Producing 101, AFM 103 Directing 101
Ms. Richards has been a dedicated filmmaker for over a decade. After graduating from Palm Beach State College with an Associate’s Degree, she was accepted as one of only five transfer students into the prestigious and dynamic BFA program at the Florida State University College of Motion Pictures Television and Recording Arts. Jacquelin has worked on over 50 films and documentaries throughout their entire cycle of preproduction, production, post-production, and distribution. While in her final semester at FSU, she spent time in Los Angeles interning for several major production companies. After completing her internship, she became part of an independent production company and worked on a variety of freelance projects. Currently, Jacquelin is embarking on a journey of independent filmmaking by starting her own production company where she plans on producing documentary and narrative films.
Nick Sacci: Associate of Arts Film and Video Production; Palm Beach State College. BA in Communications; Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Sacci teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 107 Editing 101, AFM 108 Editing 102, AFM 207 Editing 202, AFM 208 Editing 203, AFM 310 Editing 303, AFM 404 Thesis Film Post Production 401, IFM 107 Editing 101, IFM 108 Editing 102 , IFM 207 Editing 202, IFM 208 Editing 208.
Herbert Sennett: B.S. Education, Arkansas State University; M.A. Speech, University of Memphis; M.F.A. Theatre, Florida Atlantic University; P.H.D. Theatre, Louisiana State University. Dr. Herb Sennett teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 101 Screenwriting 101, AFM 201 Screenwriting 202, IFM 101 Screenwriting 101, IFM 201 Screenwriting 202.
Dr. Sennett has an extensive background in theatre, broadcasting and writing. He is the author of several academic books and numerous major articles and stage plays. In pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Louisiana State University, he trained in playwriting and screenwriting. Dr. Sennett developed the theatre major at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he taught for over ten years.
Leonard Wong: Certificate in Film Production/Cinema Studies, New York Film School of Visual Arts. Mr. Wong teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 103 Directing 101, AFM 203 Directing 202.
For over thirty years, Mr. Wong has enjoyed both film and video industry success as an award-winning producer, director and cameraman on nationally syndicated television shows, broadcast television commercials, long form corporate image films, music videos and independent feature documentaries. He has produced, directed and shot for a wide range of clients such as Kodak, AT & T, Pfizer, Citrix Software Systems, the Travel Channel, the US Army Reserve, Atlantic Records and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Lennie has worked as an instructor of Cinema Studies and thesis advisor at the New York Film School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1979.
Kathleen Kenny: Bachelor in Fine Arts; Actor Training Center University of Utah. Ms. Kenney teaches the following classes in the Advanced On Camera Film Acting Program: AFA 104 Movement 101, AFA 204 Movement 202, AFA 102 Voice 101, AFA 202 Voice 202, AFA 302 Movement and Voice 301, IFA 102 Voice 101, IFA 104 Movement 101, IFA 204 Movement 202.
Rick Barker is a visionary in the visual arts industry. His career has covered three decades. After moving to Las Vegas he studied screenwriting at UNLV, independent film distribution from UCLA and Directing at International Film & Television Workshop. Rick is the owner of Snow Leopard Films which creates films, TV programs, video production projects, and music videos that have an emotional, inspirational, memorable, or social impact. Rick is also a professional teacher who has studied editing and visual effects, he has taught at the college level for almost a decade and is a master storyteller. Along with being a professional author and screenwriter, Rick is also the father of four children and grandfather of eighteen grandchildren. Rick Barker will be teaching Directing.
Russell Feher has balanced being on both sides of the camera starting in production with The Super Dave Osbourne Show and eventually appearing in features like PCU with Jeremy Piven. Along the way he’s appeared in Nancy Drew with Scott Speadman and stared in features See Saw Game and Alcatraz Avenue which made its premier at the AFI Film Festival. Russell, a member of SAG and the Canadian film union ACTRA, also co-founded Backlot Productions in Los Angeles, a full service studio that worked with Dreamworks for Wes Craven’s feature Red Eye, VH1’s I love the 80’s, 70’s, The Osbournes and numerous Behind the Music specials along with EPK and promo packages for Warner Brothers TV, EMI/Capitol and CBS. After moving to Las Vegas, Russell executive produced the Oxygen Network’s Living Additions and directed the sketch comedy Flock of Meese which won the Nevada Film Festival’s Golden Reel Award. Recently, Russell starred in the Juicy J rap video One of Those Nights and is currently working with Cohencidence Productions on three separate film properties. Russell is teaching Movement and Class Film.
Josh Hudson is a veteran video-journalist, Director of Photography and editor. Josh began his career in Las Vegas as a show editor and moved to video-journalist in less than a year. His work for ABC seen on CNN, Good Morning America, 20/20 and Primetime. In addition, Josh worked as a Director of Photography for IntensiT TV an internationally syndicated television show featuring Mickey Oliver. Josh is also a freelance commercial/film editor that is certified in both Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. Josh is currently directing and editing a short documentary entitled “Is this the Face of Autism”, a project that is close to his heart. Josh will be teaching Cinematography 101 and Editing 101
Sabine Koning has had an extraordinary career in her native country The Netherlands. She started acting at a prestigious theater group in Amsterdam at the age of 12, where she starred in numerous Shakespeare and Greek productions. At 17 years of age she debuted in front of the camera in the longest running, number one, prime time, award-winning TV show “GTST” where she played a leading character for 17 years. Throughout her career she starred in many successful TV shows and movies, ranging from comedy and drama to thriller and children’s entertainment.
Throughout her career Sabine was fortunate enough to be in a position to utilize her status and give back by working with numerous charitable organizations including Unicef, an Aids Foundation And many more. Sabine is a remarkable talent who has earned great fame in The Netherlands during her acting career and will be teaching Voice at IAFT Las Vegas.
Kimberly Lollar accumulated years of production experience while working in the transportation dept. as a driver on over twenty movies before graduating with her BFA from Cal State Northridge. Immediately after college she focused her attention on development and producing while working for Madonna’s film company Maverick. During her time at Maverick she participated in the production of such films as Agent Cody Banks with Frankie Muniz and Material Girls with Hilary Duff. Shortly after Maverick Kimberly was referred over to Parallel Entertainment where she handled the comedian clients Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, Ralphie Mae, PJ Walsh and Kathleen Madigan. Once Parallel finished production on Blue Collar Boys: One for the Road and Health Inspector, Kimberly left Parallel to pursue her passion for television development with TNT, Tbs. While at TNT, Kimberly worked closely with the executives and writers, as well as producers like Dean Devlin (Independence Day and The Librarian) on Leverage and Steve Bochco on Raising the Bar. Kimberly’s other credits include hit shows like Saving Grace with Holly Hunter and creator Nancy Miller, Perception, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, and Dallas.
In addition to her contributions to network television, Kimberly is also a member of Women in Film, HRTS (Hollywood Radio and TV Society) and co-financier of the Purple Heels Society for Young Women. She has judged several screenwriting competitions including Scriptapalooza, The Black List competition and Pitchfest and has been published in “103 Ways to Get into Television (By 102 Who Did, Plus Me)” by Jim McKairnes (formerly of CBS/Paramount). Kimberly will be teaching Screenwriting.
Tony Lynn has been studying, performing and teaching Improvisation for the past 25+ years. Teaching at the college and professional level, he has distilled the process to one that moves quickly, is fun and leads to performing for stage, film and television. He has performed on stage at “Second City” as well as with the groups “Out On A Whim”, “No Prior Convictions”, “The LA Connection”, “The Groundlings” and “THE SPOLIN PLAYERS”. The latter group the only one endorsed by Viola Spolin herself. Mr. Lynn (who is SAG/AFTRA affiliated) has acted for stage, screen and television. He is also a former CBS/NBC/NPR reporter/anchor and talk show host. With his former stand-up Comedian’s sense of timing and outlook, the emphasis in Mr. Lynn’s classes is on FUN.
“If the ‘Mentee’s‘ aren’t having fun in this process, I’m doing something wrong. Students move the fastest when they are relaxed and having FUN! You can’t move out of your comfort zone when you’re stressed and judging yourself and others. I don’t allow the students to judge each other or themselves, that’s my job. The student’s job is to support each other and work to create the deepest most interesting characters and situations they can. Improv is not just a ‘technique’, it’s a way of looking at life that can enrich your life far beyond your success with stage, film, or television”. – Tony Lynn.
Daryl Morris began acting at the age of 11. He was inspired by many things on television and quickly realized how much he loved doing impressions and became quite good at them. As a Las Vegas native, Daryl’s first foray into acting took place at an acting school that not only taught acting but jazz and tap dancing as well. From there Daryl performed in many musicals as a pre-teen as well as many a stage production in high school. He attended UNLV where in addition to studying in the drama department he learned script analysis, make-up, stage production, television and lighting production and scene and monologue studies.
Daryl has acted in over two dozen stage productions and is most proud of his work in Biloxi Blues. He has done voiceover and looping for 10 major motion pictures including all 5 Spiderman films, he was the principal actor in national commercials for UPS and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, as well as appearing in guest starring roles in 8 major motion pictures.
In 2000, Daryl had the opportunity to study at Playhouse West under the guidance of none other than Jeff Goldblum. Playhouse West has a reputation of being a breeding ground of some of the most talented actors of the day including James Franco and Scott Caan. Daryl will be teaching Acting and could not be more excited to share his love, passion and knowledge with the students who have chosen to Study at IAFT.
Tommy Mullins has worked for a decade and a half as a sought after freelancer in the vast world of Production. His specialties are audio, digital video, on location production logistics, editing, and on-set & studio recording/mixing/Foley. Some of Tommy’s experiences in Las Vegas range from Audio Lead at the Hard Rock Hotel’s ‘The Joint’, instruction and curriculum development at Live Production Institute, to various sound design and high end video engineering projects including DeepRockDrive.com and CA World (international cloud computing conference) – he’s even done wardrobe.
His previous educational background in Sound Technology (which included studies in Physics and Electronics) gave him a firm platform from which to jump into the workplace, where he continues to learn and progress. Currently, Tommy mixes, operates show control and provides production assistance with the long running BeatleShow on the Vegas Strip and is the founder of InteractStream, LLC where he works in his spare time developing a highly interactive live streaming video platform. He can ride a unicycle and has a Boston Terrier dog.
Chekesha Van Putten is originally from Los Angeles California, where she undoubtedly developed her love to be in front of an audience. As a professional actress, dancer and singer, Chekesha has made her mark in multiple industries and was coined a triple threat.
Chekesha began her career in front of the camera appearing in music videos and commercials. Studying under the tutelage of her mentor Debbie Allen, she quickly gained recognition in the entertainment industry and began booking roles in hit TV shows and films including The Academy Awards Broadcast, Full House, Melrose Place, Third Rock From the Sun, and commercial campaigns for Pepsi, Taco Bell and Ross department stores. She was also a dancer and choreographer for Los Angeles Lakers Girls, where she was part of the Kobe and Shaq era.
Chekesha went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Communications (Radio, TV and Film) from Howard University with honors and did post graduate studies at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she honed her craft as an actress. Chekesha returned to the U.S. and continued to book more roles, including the first two Austin Powers movies, Hoodlum, Mad TV, Batman & Robin, and American Beauty, which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award, for best ensemble cast.
Having worked with some of the top actors and directors in the industry including Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Jay Roach, Mike Meyers, George Clooney, Joel Schumacher, Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes, to name a few. Chekesha has gained insightful experience and knowledge about the TV and Film industry and continues her work on camera.
Her passion for acting and the performing arts is reflected in her desire to give back and educate others. She strives to inspire actors to live out their dreams, while being equipped with the knowledge to be successful as an artist and a business person in the TV and film industry. She is excited to be teaching at IAFT and looks forward to working with the future actors of tomorrow!
Laurie Dee Whitman was born and raised in New England where she caught the movie bug early and was spellbound by the stories told on the big screen by Mae West, Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Stephen Spielberg. Sparking an interest in television and film production Laurie Dee graduated from Grahm Junior College formerly of Boston, Massachusetts in 1979 with an Associate’s of Science degree in Television Production. Her career’s work encompasses the television, cable, and movie industries from the East to the West coast. Her portfolio includes producing and directing local news and cable programs as well as holding various production positions in major pictures including, Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift, Joseph Ruben’s The Good Son, And Elizabeth Bank’s Surrogates to mention a few. Today, as founder of LDeeW Productions, Laurie Dee provides her clients the opportunity to tell their stories by producing, directing and creating content for movies, television and internet media productions.
Laurie Dee is passionate about excellence in television and film that enhances the viewing experience. So much so that she collaborated with several colleagues to attract big budget media projects in her community. Together the cofounded The Maine Studio, a multimedia production complex in Portland, Maine. She relocated to Las Vegas in January 2013 to assist her sister in taking care of their aging mother and she currently works at KSNV Channel 3 the NBC affiliate where she is the floor director for the morning news program, Wake Up With The Wagners and the Noon news broadcast.
Seth Henderson is a screenwriter and director originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and currently based in Hong Kong. While still in the US, he worked on the camera crew for “Dawson’s Creek” television series before producing the PBS documentary “Confederate Goliath” in 2003. After living and working in Japan and Beijing, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film, concentrating in Screenwriting and quickly sold two feature-film scripts. He has directed several short films, documentaries, web-series and commercials and is currently teaching several filmmaking programs.
At the age of 10, Gilbert made a movie with his super 8 camera. His cast was all his toys. The movie was a stop-motion animation which he called “Iron Man”. Since then, everything he did was out of the creativity of his imagination.
Gilbert believes creativity is the heart of all aspects of life. “Whether you are in advertising or film, building your career or family, or just making sense out of our lives, we are always creating something out of nothing.”
After film school at the Art Center in Pasadena, California, Gilbert became a filmmaker and screenwriter in Los Angeles and Hong Kong. He was represented by The Gersh Agency. His movie credits as a director include the Sci-Fi Channel movie of the month: “Assault on Dome 4” and “Obsession”. Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors in Film/Communication.
Gilbert began a second phase of his career in advertising with Foote Cone & Belding Hong Kong (2000-2005). His work has been recognized in The Hong Kong Tourism Board, Watsons Water, 56 Repulse Bay, Samsung, Air Canada, and the MTR.
Gilbert is now an independent creative director/filmmaker working out of his banner company Creative Dioxide, which provides advertising and marketing services in Hong Kong and internationally. Recent clients include Hong Kong Disneyland, Amway, Mercedes-Benz, and DBS Bank.
Steven Ballantyne is a Hong Kong based line producer, location scout and manager and international production ‘fixer’. For over ten years, Steven has supported factual, reality and documentary makers to film in some of the remotest and not so remote regions across Asia. Steven is a ‘Fellow’ of the Royal Geographic Society in London – a prestigious award given to him in recognition for his contribution to knowledge on Papua New Guinea and Mongolia.
Most recently, Steven, scouted, negotiated and managed the use of the remote desert island used in the new TV series for the Discovery Network, “Naked & Marooned with Ed Stafford“, and as line producer managed the production for the entire 60 day shoot period remotely from his own desert island. With a list of production credits to his name including productions made with BBC Natural History and National Geographic, Steven has a wealth of knowledge on what it takes to be a professional location scout and manager and will give insight into the many aspects of the job.
Joey Kan is the founder of VALKAN productions.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Joey went to Boston, USA at the age of 13 for schooling. He has stayed there for 9 years through highschool and university… Joey’s animation “Tomato Love” has won various awards at film festivals around the world, including “Best Animation” at Cinema Paradise 2005, Hawaii.
Joey began b-boying in the year of 2002. It has been a life changing experience adding layers of confidence and style in the way he views the world now through the unity of Hip Hop culture.
Joey has made two independent short documentaries about b-boying- “Break Borders” and “Break Borders 2″. They mainly focus on the lives of a few b-boys around Boston, HK, Macau and Australia. “Break Borders 2″ was one of the finalists for the 14th IFVA in Open Category. He has since created “bboyhk.com” an online portal for breakdance and hiphop related news and events in Hong Kong.
He has recently been involved as an editor and animator for a Discovery / TLC channel TV series and an Anti-Shark Fin film for an NGO named Bloom.
Michael Robinson has a broad range of professional experience spanning twenty years as an animation director, creative director and web designer. His films have won national US awards and his work has been screened at festivals around the world. He directed and animated a series of story-driven spot IDs for MTV Networks in 2009 & 2010, in addition to several commercial and independent animation projects. His creative career started in web design where he developed the look and feel of web site brands for Microsoft, Target Stores and MTV Networks (including Comedy Central and VH1). He earned his MFA in animation from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2008.
Bio: Since graduating from accredited London drama school Arts Educational (BA Hons Acting), Erin has been employed as an actor, writer and director for a number of theatre companies both in the UK and Asia.
Her theatre credits include work with Shared Experience, ATC, Richmond Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre.
In Film and Television she has worked for E4, CH4 and the Discovery Channel
Margaret is a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association for theatre performers and Union of British Columbia Performers/Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists. With over 20 years of performing experience, Margaret has played many roles both in front of and behind the stage including actor, director, teacher, producer, and casting director. Margaret has lectured at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Art School, the Hong Kong City University SCOPE Project Yi Jin, Hong Kong Institute for Education and Hong Kong Management Association; and numerous secondary schools in Hong Kong. She completed a Master of Drama Education degree at Griffith University and is currently a Doctor of Creative Industries candidate at Queensland University of Technology. She is a member of the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies as well as an examiner for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and a certified ThinkBuzan MindMap instructor.
Eric is a 20-year veteran of the film industry. As a director, Eric tackled Hollywood Defined and Breaking In for Moviola Digital Productions as well as being the 2nd Unit Director on twenty episodes of Werewolf for Tri Star Television. He has also directed numerous PSAs and Industrials, along with music videos and stage plays.
Starting in the world of video games and interactive CD-ROMs, Eric was a Visual Effects Supervisor on the Legend of the Mummy and Age of Treason, he entered the world of 3D as a Visual Effects Compositor. This added new dimension to his career as he worked on films such as The Dark, The Immortals, Looney Toons and John Dies in the End.
Eric soon moved into television as the Associate producer of television and Movies of the Week including Mercy Point, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Age of Treason. He moved into post as a post-production supervisor on Werewolf, Walker Texas Ranger and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
A member of the WGA, Eric wrote Revenge of the Mummy for Gidco Productions, Andes Films’ Back to School, the adaptation of the novel Maxwell’s Train for Don Murray Productions and over 25 industrials and PSAs.