Program Faculty

Jon Reiss
Film Directing Program Faculty
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Jon Reiss is a critically acclaimed filmmaker, author, and media strategist.  He started his career interning at the fabled San Francisco punk rock collective Target Video which documented the West Coast punk scene including Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, The Cramps and Iggy... Continue reading »

Lee Anne Schmitt
Co-Director, Film Directing Program
Director of Faculty Affairs
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Lee Anne Schmitt is a Los Angeles based filmmaker interested in political thought, personal experience and the land.  Much of her work revolves around landscape, objects and the traces of political systems left upon them.  Her projects have addressed American Exceptionalism, the logic... Continue reading »

Abigail Severance
Interim Dean, School of Film/Video
Film Directing Program Faculty

Abigail Severance makes films in a range of forms, from narrative to abstract, which explore nostalgia, history, autobiography and the queer heart. Her work has screened at Sundance, The Broad Museum (L.A.), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Studio Museum Harlem, MIX LGBT Festival, and the National... Continue reading »

Suanne Spoke
Film Directing Program Faculty
Character Animation Program Faculty
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A multi-award winning actor/producer, she has made over 150 appearances on stage/film/television, most recently on “Station 19” and starring in “Second chances with Jason Nash” for YouTubeTV.  She can be seen in “Whiplash”, “Wild Prairie... Continue reading »

* Faculty Emeritus
Part-time Faculty