Film and Media Arts

Selected Student Profiles

Current Graduate Students



Dave Jannetta is a Philadelphia based filmmaker. In 2015 he released his debut documentary feature, "Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere”. “Love & Terror” premiered at the Hot Docs International Film Festival and went on to play many prestigious festivals including Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, DOC NYC, the Bend Film Festival, and The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival where it took the Big Sky Award. Prior to founding 32-20 Productions in 2009, Dave served as personal assistant to Peter Jackson through his North American production of The Lovely Bones, and spent a year abroad working at Jackson’s WingNut Films in Wellington, New Zealand. During his time at Temple Dave has been most focused on screenwriting and directing actors while continuing to pursue his documentary work. 


Qiyue Q Sun is a Chinese writer and filmmaker, as well as a producer and editing enthusiast. Q received her bachelor’s degree in Theater, Movie, and Television at Nanjing University, P.R. China. As an MFA candidate in Film and Media Arts at Temple University, she has various interests that reflect in her work, but they all connect with her identity as a Chinese woman and a foreigner. Her most recent work, EMPATHY (a digital love letter), an essay documentary about a break-up, has screened at festivals in the US, Albania, Germany, and India.
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Chen-Yi Wu is a Taiwanese writer, theater worker and filmmaker. Chen-Yi got her bachelor’s degree in Chinese literature at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, and now is an MFA candidate in Film and Media Arts. A background in literature, theater, and film makes Chen-Yi a hybrid in the field of film and media arts. Much of her writing put emphasis on the depressed life in cities and the ukiyo-e of city dwellers. She is also interested in the frustrating experiences of women, especially those of young adults and “the everywoman” who are considered losers or underdogs. Being an editing enthusiast, her first editing piece THE CROSSLINE is a slowly paced Chinese short film in which the introverted feelings of a nearly broken friendship are made manifest. Currently, Chen-Yi is working on a documentary about Taiwanese girls who were born in the 90’s and have the experience of living in Taipei. Her first short comedy WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM is in post-production, which is about an internet addicted girl who has attention deficit disorder and fails to get her work done.


Other than her filmmaking practice, Sonali has held various jobs including in advertising, publishing, media management, queer feminist activism, sexual health and rights, and media activism. As a filmmaker, she has contributed to projects as writer, producer, editor, director, and cinematographer. Her cinematic interests lay in the documentary film form and its artistic possibilities in understanding selves. She has an MA in Mass Communication from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre in New Delhi, and in the recent past has been a Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Fellow (2018) and a Saryu Doshi Graduate Fellow (2017). In 2011, she was awarded for her scriptwriting by the Ad Club, Bangalore.


Marygrace Navarra is a writer and filmmaker from New York. She studied English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, where she focused on writing fiction. While she continues to write prose, she decided to study screenwriting in order to cultivate her approach to narrative storytelling in film. Her first short film, MARKERS, depicts an eighteen-year-old girl’s first confrontation with the threat of assault; her second short film fuses dark feminism, black comedy, and magical realism. Currently, she is intent on exploring the specific peculiarity of young womanhood as well as power dynamics within narrative structures.


Robert DelVecchio, born and raised in New Jersey and now residing in Philadelphia, began his career in the Dayton, OH. It was there that he worked as a co-producer on the short film Oasis, which was shown at the Marfa Film Festival and the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, amongst others. Afterward, he wrote, produced, and directed the short film Lola. The film was in competition through the FirstGlance Short Online Festival from October to November 2017. While completing post-production on the film, he was part of the producing team on a project known as Pens to Pictures. The crew, comprised of Wright State University alumni and students, worked in conjunction with the Dayton Women's Correctional Facility to help incarcerated women bring their personal stories to life. Films from this project have been shown in festivals such as the Cleveland International Film Festival and The Justice on Trial Film Festival. He has a BFA in Motion Picture Production from Wright State University and is working on his MFA in screenwriting at Temple University.


Yinan Wang, documentary photographer and film maker, was born in Beijing. His works explore minority worlds in China, and the United States. Beginning his career as a cinematographer, Yinan worked on KALAGUTAGE and THE SALT WELL NAXI PEOPLE. Both of these highly regarded ethnographic studies document the day-to-day lives and cultures of Indigenous peoples in China. Working for the China State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Yinan produced a documentary for the Third National Survey on Cultural Heritage, in which he and his team created a complete an acoustic image archive for the sake of preservation of new found immovable cultural relics. During the course of production, Yinan traveled to 34 provinces in China, including multiple trips to Yunnan, Tibet, and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. In 2015 Yinan returned to school, enrolling in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. There he explored different forms of film art. He shot his first experimental film, DEER QUEEN by Brooke Thiele and he made his first animation, MISFORTUNE COMES BLISS , with Owen Klatte. Finally, Yinan made his first feature documentary, YEN CHING --about an immigrant family and their American-Chinese restaurant -- with the help of Professor Dick Blau and Professor Cecelia Condit. Yinan is a current MFA candidate in Film at Temple University in Philadelphia. His works can be viewed at

Recent Graduates

Pingyi Hu

Pingyi Hu is a filmmaker and storyboard artist originially from China. She is a transfer student from Hubei Institute of Fine Arts (Major in Animation) in China and earned her undergraduate degree in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. She currently lives in Philadelphia and continues her study both in the narrative and documentary fields of filmmaking at Temple. 

Catalina Alvarez

Catalina Alvarez grew up in New York City and rural Tennessee to a Colombian mother and US American father. She went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied acting at the Experimental Theater Wing. She met shamans in the Himalayas through the Naropa Institute in 2004 and tried to think about how what they do relates to theater and performance. In 2005 and 2006 Alvarez lived in a feminist house project in Berlin and wrote and performed theatrical vignettes as the character “Cowgirl Annie” at festivals and bars. From 2008 to 2011 she directed (and sometimes wrote) several short videos through the self-organized film school, FilmArche, in Berlin. In 2012 she played a Colombian performance artist in Hanna Bergfors’s and Kornelia Kugler’s film “Performance”. In 2013, for an elementary school in Tennessee, Alvarez adapted a play from a 1931 novel by local author May Justus. Later that year she shot short videos inspired by locations on the South Cumberland Plateau. Catalina wants to work with artists interested in building elaborate unrealistic sets and costumes. She wants to play and experiment. If you’re interested in working together, email Catalina at  To check out samples of her work click here.

Gabriela Watson Aurazo

Gabriela is Brazilian with Afro-Peruvian descent, she holds a BA in Communications by Faculdade Casper Líbero in São Paulo, where she had a background experience in Production of Broadcast TV Journalism, documentaries, film festivals and TV programs. Gabriela also develops projects related to culture and audiovisual media through independent artistic collectives as organization of events and documentaries focused on Afro-Latino issues as racism, African Diaspora, black identity and education. Her documentary “Nosotros, Afroperuanos” (We, Afro-Peruvians) was screened in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, NY and Washington DC. She is a current MFA candidate in Film at Temple University. Visit her blog.

Trevor Byrne

In sixth grade, Trevor Byrne made what still may be his proudest work, a short claymation entitled A TRAGIC DAY IN THE PARK. Since then, he’s spent most of his time thinking—current topics of thought include, but are not limited to, nature, narrative, gender, technology, authenticity, alienation and how to be immersed without drowning. Bicoastal by nurture, Trevor was born in Santa Rosa, California, raised in Northampton, Massachusetts and, until recently, lived in Los Angeles where he worked at a film production company, a contemporary art museum and a convenience store for time travelers. He currently lives in Philadelphia, around the corner from the world’s first pizza museum.

Qiuchen Cao

Qiuchen Cao is a photographer and filmmaker living in Philadelphia. With a BS in broadcasting and communication, she made documentary films in China and is now working on fictional narrative films. During her first year at Temple, she made two short fiction films. The Cell Phone is a documentary-fiction hybrid focusing on the psychological pressure of a Chinese immigrant in the United States. To Save is a subtle depiction of the mental state of someone who is about to fall in love. She is now working on an experimental fiction film, I Don’t Speak English, about feelings of cultural difference. To see her work, visit her web site.

Stephen Crout

Born in Laguna Beach, CA, Stephen Crout received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California in Film and Television: Critical Studies, minoring in Fine Arts.

Stephen’s artistic passions have involved spending 7 years creating and directing a Co-Op Art Gallery for student and emerging artists in Costa Mesa, CA, and working as a freelance event photographer and videographer since 2003. In 2010, Stephen left California to take a position as the Visiting Digital Media Arts Professor at Cochise College in Southeastern Arizona, before arriving in Philadelphia in 2012.

Defining himself a Visual Artist who works in a wide range of artistic mediums, Stephen’s most recent work reflects his eclectic mix of life experiences: focusing on the visual aesthetic of mixed media, experiential narrative and documentary filmmaking.

Adam Diller

Adam Diller is a filmmaker and composer living in Philadelphia. His work explores the aesthetics of human and non-human environments through a practice informed by phonography and observational filmmaking. He is currently an MFA candidate at Temple University and holds a BS in Video and Sound Art from CUNY.

Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich

Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich is a documentary artist who has completed projects in Kingston, Jamaica, Miami, Florida and extensively in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work has been featured in Studio Museum’s Studio Magazine, ARC Magazine, BOMBLOG, and Guernica Magazine, among others. She has received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as well as National Black Programming Consortium. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Miami and London. Madeleine has a degree in Film and Photography from Hampshire College and is a current MFA candidate in Film at Temple University. Her work explores themes of physicality, violence, masculinity and identity within Caribbean American and urban space.

Kay Hannahan

Kay Hannahan is a Queens-based filmmaker originally from Minnesota. She codirected the series Lost in Bulgaria, which was nationally broadcast in 2011 and has spent years documenting the minority Muslim community in Bulgaria where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Her work blends ethnographic, documentary, and experimental practices to explore sense of place. Kay has a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Concordia University in Montreal and is currently an MFA candidate in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. Kay enjoys almond croissants, news programs, and fine Bulgarian moonshine - in no particular order. Visit her web site.

Nina Isaacson

Nina Isaacson is an expatriate New Yorker who has made videos, films, and comics since 1996. Her film and video works have screened at venues in New York and Portland, including the Portland Art Museum, and her comics are in the permanent collections of the Independent Publishing Resource Center and the Multnomah County Library. Nina holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College, where she did her thesis work on Don Quixote. She has also studied at the School of Visual Arts, CUNY Brooklyn College, Portland State University, and the Northwest Film Center, where she was awarded the David King Scholarship in 2011. Nina’s films have been called “excessive” and “relentless,” and her comics have been said to “lack technical proficiency.” Her primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary interests in the filmmaking process are direction, production design, editing, and cinematography; her stories tend to feature manipulators, liars, hypocrites, and dismemberment. She loves low-fidelity media including, but not limited to, pay phones.

Ginger Jolly

Ginger Jolly is a documentary filmmaker originally from Alabama but who has lived in areas as culturally diverse as Miami, Florida and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her varied life experiences have inspired an interest in social justice issues, specifically race, class, and gender and how these figure in regions from the rural South to urban environments. Her work incorporates a variety of storytelling devices ranging from direct cinema to performance. Ginger’s films have screened at the DocMiami Film Festival in Miami, the Urban Suburban Film Festival in Philadelphia, the International Black Film Festival in Nashville, the Sidewalk Moving Picture Film Festival in Birmingham, the Jubilee Film Festival in Selma, and the Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival in Norfolk. Her work has also been featured on Alabama Public Television. Currently she is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Film and Media Arts at Temple University.

Julie Long

Julie Long is a multi-media filmmaker producing work that revolves around recreating bodily experiences. She is currently receiving her MFA in the Film and Media Art Department at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When she isn’t working on her artwork she works as a production designer for her contemporaries. No matter what she’s is doing, Julie is constantly making mental notes and adding to her collection of unique moments, special props, and memorable locations for her next production design project. To see example of her work, please visit her website.

Mickey Newman

Mickey Newman is an aspiring narrative screenwriter/director and professional musician from Pittsburgh, PA. After interning and teaching at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and graduating with a BA in film studies from the University of Pittsburgh, Mickey spent a few years sailing the world as a drummer in show bands and jazz trios on cruise ships before applying to Temple. He is deeply inspired by films such as The Machinist, Lost Highway, and The Usual Suspects, and is particularly interested in making cerebral thrillers as well as slice of life narratives. Night People, his 44-minute semi-autobiographical film about an unlucky man seeking shelter in a dangerous night world, was accepted in four film festivals in 2009. To view samples of his work in film and music, visit here.

Jamel Northern

A native of Philadelphia, Jamel Northern received his undergraduate degree in computer and information science at Temple. Somehow he managed to work in television instead. Jamel worked for 12 years at WTXF-TV FOX 29 as a video editor, earning two National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations. Even then, it was not enough for Jamel. Taking a gamble, he left FOX 29 to return to school to study his true love—film. Jamel plans to concentrate on narrative film directing, though he isn’t averse to directing a play or two.

Mark Right

Mark is a Brooklyn based multimedia composer specializing in sound and video. His film Chris and the Blackout was a finalist at the CUNY film festival in March of 2012. In June of 2011 he worked with composer and Harvard professor Hans Tutschku at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he composed a 24-channel sound piece entitled Fin del Mundo. Earlier that year his piece i-mi-jer was featured at the Hunter College iArt show. From 2005 to 2010 he co-founded the Spring Street Sessions and co-wrote, produced and performed in the electro-punk band Last Year’s Model. He studied music theory, composition and history at Hunter College in New York City from 2010 to 2013 and graduated from Penn State University in 2000 with degrees in Film and English. Visit his web site.

Jonathan Stutzman

Jonathan Stutzman grew up on the coast of Virginia, inheriting during his childhood a hunger for stories from old films, novels, bedtime stories, music andPeanuts. Jonathan has written and directed a number of diverse films that have shown at festivals and venues across the country. His films include Amelioration, The Day Dad Died, Blaue Blume,and the award-winning Paper Turtle. Along with a collection of screenplays, Jonathan has penned a handful of short stories and children’s books and has had his work published in two books of poetry. Jonathan graduated from Messiah College with a degree in communication and an emphasis in film. He wants to continue to develop as a filmmaker and storyteller so that he can create works that move, inspire, challenge and entertain.

Ambarien Alqadar

Ambarien Alqadar grew up in a conservative Muslim family in 1990s India and spent part of her childhood in Libya. With degrees in English literature, modern European languages and communications, she is fascinated with an exploration of the documentary image in fictional, experimental and interactive contexts. She is an alumnus of the AJK Mass Communication Research Center in New Delhi—one of India’s premier institutes in film and video training—where she also worked as an assistant professor. Re-enactment, performance and visual and aural found-footage, first used in her film Who Can Speak of Men, have emerged as recurring threads in her work. She has explored these ideas in subsequent films, such as Four Women and a Room, The Ghetto Girl and Between Leaving and Arriving. As a freelance practitioner in India, she has directed, edited and produced several public television projects and features. Her work has won national and international awards and has been screened in festivals as well as in academic and interdisciplinary research settings. Currently a Fulbright Scholar at Temple, she is developing her thesis, A Day in the Life of Ayesha, as a way of synthesizing her interest in documentary and experimental methods with dramatic approaches to storytelling. The project was awarded a Temple University Completion Grant. Ambarien has been a recipient of many prestigious fellowships and awards, including an Independent Research Fellowship through Sarai Programme at the Center of Study of Developing Societies in India, the European Union–India Documentary Exchange Programme on Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Public Service Broadcasting Trust Film Fellowship, India. The first retrospective of her work was held at the Indo-Korea International Women’s Film Festival in Chennai, India, in 2009.

Charles Blevins

Charles Eugene Blevins was born to a loving mother and father on a rainy morning on the 4th of July in 1984, in Louisville, Kentucky. The parents decided to call him Chad, which, as anyone would know, is not short for Charles, but close enough. Chad grew up playing with plastic farm animals and pretending he was interested in dinosaurs. He watchedZoobilee Zoo and Fraggle Rock, and, later, any period piece starring Bruce Willis, all of which inspire his work today. Chad believes in Magic, and maintaining an adolescent sensibility. Before coming to Temple, he studied creative writing at Indiana University. For further inquiry, Chad can be reached at the Offices of the United Nations in Grant City, Missouri.

Malia Bruker

Malia Bruker is a screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. Before coming to Temple, Malia worked at the national news and documentary channel Free Speech TV. She was production manager, writer and producer for the news magazine SourceCode and national program coordinator for the flagship daily news and discussion show GRITtv. Malia graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University, where she worked on a number of award-winning documentary and narrative films. Her work has screened internationally and throughout the United States, and her recent documentary, Chase, won the Knight Arts Short Film Competition at the Philadelphia Film Festival. Her honors include a Temple University Fellowship, the Ben Lazaroff Screenwriting Scholarship, the Diamond Screen Film Festival Screenplay Award, Best Documentary at the Florida State Media Production Film Festival, and Best Student Cinematography at the American Dance Festival.

Qiuchen Cao

Qiuchen Cao is a photographer and filmmaker living in Philadelphia. With a BS in broadcasting and communication, she made documentary films in China and is now working on fictional narrative films. During her first year at Temple, she made two short fiction films. The Cell Phone is a documentary-fiction hybrid focusing on the psychological pressure of a Chinese immigrant in the United States. To Save is a subtle depiction of the mental state of someone who is about to fall in love. She is now working on an experimental fiction film, I Don’t Speak English, about feelings of cultural difference. To see her work, visit her web site.

Christopher Fernando

Christopher Fernando is working on a feature narrative for his thesis film, I Want It, Bad. His critical interests include Jean Baudrillard, the Frankfurt School and post-Jungian studies—specifically, furthering the analysis of cinematic narratives as archetypal mandalas. Additionally, he has a long-term goal of analyzing Hollywood economic and distribution practices through a theoretical lens. He has had film and photographic work exhibited at film festivals and alternative venues and has won screenwriting awards. Christopher has a working background in education, art and photography and a BS in television, film and new media from San Diego State University. He founded a media company, GreyUnicorn, with friends affiliated with Temple University. The company is currently developing a documentary about consumer culture, a tablet app graphic novel and a new feature film.

Sarah Greenleaf

Sarah Greenleaf is a poet and media maker from Seattle, Washington. She studied journalism and English literature at the University of Washington before relocating to Philadelphia. Her films have screened in a variety of venues, from Brooklyn galleries to the Citizen Jane Film Festival. She has poetry published in the DMQ Review and HOARSE and featured on Sarah’s recent work explores the negative space of familiar storytelling narratives and non-traditional ways to tell overlooked histories.

Haitao Guo

Haitao Guo grew up in China. He graduated from Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan with a BS in biochemistry. After he got an MS in microbiology at Texas A&M University in 2007, he realized that what he really wanted to do is make films. He joined the MFA program at Temple University in 2009 and began his transition from scientist to artist. He is pretty happy with his new life in Philadelphia.

Kandis Hutcherson

Kandis Hutcherson landed in Philadelphia by way of Far Rockaway, New York, and Atlanta, Georgia. After she graduated from Georgia State University, she wanted to put her writing skills to use through film. In addition to writing and directing, Kandis immerses herself in the art and film communities. Recently, she served as head organizer and documentarian of the Philadelphia-based film and media arts festival Gender Reel. Kandis also completed a community mural project at a local recreation center. She is currently working on Growing Old Gracefully, a feature-length documentary about aging transgendered seniors. Kandis views film as a tool to explore and transform the world in and outside us. Her work examines the margins of our complex and evolving society, reminding us that we’re all in this universe together.

Joseph A. Kraemer

Joseph Kraemer hails from Wisconsin and now calls Philadelphia his home. Before coming to Temple, he earned his a BFA in film from the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee. He has worked as the festival director for the NextFrame International Student Film and Video Festival, one of the world’s preeminent student film festivals, and also interned for the Milwaukee International Film Festival in 2007. Several of his animations have screened at the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Milwaukee International Film Festival and have also been featured online on and He has begun to explore new-media genres with his web-based interactive documentary, Between Leaving and Arriving. His interest in the hybrid blending of documentary and fictional story structures and aesthetics has driven his work toward his thesis film, which focuses on the complicated relationship between modern society and the natural world. To see Joseph’s work, visit

Naomi Levine

Naomi Levine grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in urban studies and finds herself unable (or maybe unwilling) to leave Philadelphia so far. She is primarily interested in documentary film, especially portraits. This may change.

Doris ChiaChing Lin

Doris Chia-ching Lin is a filmmaker, multimedia artist and stage designer from Taiwan. Her work explores multimedia arts. Currently she is working on her thesis film, Maquette 1:1000, a short narrative film shot in Taipei and Philadelphia. Her screen adaptation of a short story by Charlie Fish, Drop Dead Gorgeous, screened at the International Student Film Festival Hollywood in Los Angeles.Troupe de Fetishe, a large-scale video installation on which she collaborated as co-director and model builder, was exhibited at the Ice Box Project Space in Philadelphia. She has made several other shorts, including Missing Peaces,a 16mm experimental narrative that was selected into the 2010 University Film and Video Association screening section, the 2010 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the Sexy International Film Festival in Australia; Silou Vege and Fruit Market, a documentary about a full day at a market in Taiwan; andTransdialection, an experimental sound and video piece. Her previous work as a set designer won several awards for theatrical productions. She was chosen to represent Taiwan at Scenofest at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007 after her stage design project won first place in the Taiwan competition.

Lisa Marie Patzer

Lisa Marie Patzer is a multimedia artist with a background in performance art, video installation and experimental filmmaking. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, at venues such as the Buntport Theater (Denver, Colorado), the American Airlines Center (Dallas, Texas), the Lab Gallery (San Francisco, California), the University of Northampton (Northampton, UK), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) and the Icebox Project Space (Philadelphia). Lisa Marie’s graduate thesis, aka Profile Glitch, investigates the performance of identity in online and off-line social communities and premiered at the ISEA, 2015 conference in Vancouver. In 2018, Lisa Marie was awarded the Video Artist in Residence at the Icebox Project Space, during which she produced A Reasonable Expectation of Privacy, a multi-media installation looking at the history of surveillance technology and the evolution of the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Fourth Amendment. After receiving additional funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the project was transformed into a traveling exhibition and shown in various venues throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. For more information about Lisa Marie’s work, visit her website,, and follow her on Twitter, @lisamariepatzer.

Alyssa Pearson

Alyssa Pearson was once asked to define her talent during a powwow meet-and-greet as an undergraduate student. After about a half hour of thought, when finally pressed for an answer, the only thing she could say was, “I like to tell stories.” Maybe that just means she talks a lot, but mostly she spends time trying to engage different forms and roles within storytelling—a life-giving enterprise personally cultivated through her family, community, academic development and personal paradigm. Alyssa graduated with a degree in communication arts from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where she fostered the value of humans as storytelling creatures. Filmmaking is where she hopes to develop her loquaciousness . . . er, storytelling.

David Romberg

David Romberg studied sculpture at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and became passionate about filmmaking soon thereafter. He began his film career exploring film and video technologies as a visual artist, while at a film residency program at the Neue Galerie in Graz, Austria. This residency led him to pursue his M.F.A. degree, in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. While at Temple, he received several honors, including the Motion Picture Award, the Grickis Memorial Scholarship Award, The Diamond Screen Best Doc Award, as well as a nomination for the Kodak Eastman Scholars Award. David is currently being supported for “Man of the Monkey” by the Tribeca Film Institute’s Latin American Filmmaker Fund as a recipient of the 2013 Heineken VOCES Grant for Documentary Film and a recipient of the 2013 Princess Grace Award. Visit his website.

Christian Strevy

Christian Strevy was born in Birmingham, Alabama, Heart of Dixie, USA. Roll Tide! Although there are many legends as to the origin of the surname “Strevy,” it is most likely from the land of Prussia. That’s Prussia with a “P.” Growing up, Strevy's mom thought it was funny to let him dress himself everyday, which meant most days, he dressed as a pirate. After his twelfth birthday, he stopped dressing like a pirate and started a small American business as a door-to-door shoe shiner (job creator), whether his neighbors liked it or not. He saved up, and his mom drove him to Sam’s Club where he bought his first video camera. Finally, his cinematic dreams could come true...until his camera was stolen by a seventeen-year-old skateboarder at the beach. Teenagers! Since then, he has saved up for a bunch of different cameras over many whole Summers. Strevy studied art at Birmingham-Southern College, which is a small liberals arts school in Alabama. Now he lives and works in West Philadelphia and is a Graduate Film student at Temple University. He enjoys woodworking, deep fried anything and Alabama football. Again, Roll Tide! He loves making people laugh, making images and telling stories.  

Israel Vasquez

Israel Vasquez is currently interested in writing and directing and video installation. He is interested in the transformative spirit of cinema—how learning occurs, visual acts of contemplation and the importance of collaboration amidst an increasingly individualist society. He has studied at Michigan State University and learned the ropes of photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers (mad respect!). To see Israel’s work, visit

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