Guest Artists

Part of learning the art and craft of filmmaking is hands-on training with working professionals. But not all professionals are professors, which is why we bring the pros to Long Beach for special, in-class sessions. 

Daniel Junge, Producer and Director

Daniel Junge is an Oscar and Emmy winning producer and director, known for Being Evel (2015), Saving Face (2012) and They Killed Sister Dorothy (2008).

Geoff Haley, Camera Operator

Geoff is regarded as one of the most highly sought-after camera operators in Hollywood.  His credits include feature films like American Beauty, The Hangover Series, Fast and the Furious Series, Steve Jobs, American Hustle, The Avengers: Infinity War, and television shows like Six Feet UnderThe Sopranos, Dexter, and Hung.  He visited the FEA 343 Advanced Cinematography class in the spring of 2018 to discuss the politics of working as a camera operator and how to navigate a career in Hollywood, in addition to leading a hands-on camera operating exercise. 

Matthew Merkovich, Visual Effects Supervisor

Matt is a veteran visual effects supervisor with credits ranging from feature films like Minority ReportDr. Doolittle 2, Catch Me If You CanMr. Wartmth: The Don Rickels Project, to the television shows The Closer and Leverage, among many others. He brought his 25 years of experience working in Hollywood to FEA 343 in the Spring of 2018 to lead a hands-on demonstration on mapping the characteristics of lenses, an important step in the visual effects process. 

Aaron Bowen, 1st Assistant Camera

Aaron works non-stop on the highest level of television as a 1st assistant cameraperson.  Credits include Veep, The Good Place, The Newsroom, Parenthood,  and Californication to name a few.  Aaron was a guest artist in FEA 341 in the fall of 2018 when he accompanied the class to Panavision in Woodland Hills to lead the class in preparing a 35mm camera package during checkout from a rental house. 

He also discussed his career in the camera department and work-family balance. 

David Speck, Camera Operator

David was a long-time 2nd assistant cameraperson and recently re-classified to camera operator.  He was a guest artist in the FEA 341 class in both Fall 2017 and 2018, when he discussed the responsibilities of the camera assistant during the rental house prep.  He also discussed the challenges of giving up stable work in one position (2nd AC) to pursue a more creative role (camera operator) and the impact that has on one’s family life. 

Beau Leon, Senior Colorist at Framestore

Beau Leon launched his career with the iconic R.E.M. music video,  Losing My Religion. With subsequent work for Jane’s Addiction, Dave Matthews Band, Marilyn Manson, Rihanna, Eminem, and TOOL, Leon has since become one of the most expansive and influential colorists in music video history. He is the first non-director to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MVPA. Prior to Framestore, Beau served at Company 3 in Los Angeles.
Leon also colors independent and documentary films, including Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You (Sundance Film Festival – 2011), Joseph Kahn’s Detention (SXSW – 2011), and Alma Har’el’s Bombay Beach (winner, Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Feature – 2011). Leon’s commercial credits include work for Chrysler, Xbox, Coke Zero, Nike, Chevrolet, Goodyear, Carl’s Jr., Cadillac, Comcast, GMC, Martini & Rossi, and Verizon.

Beau was a guest artist in FEA 343 in Spring of 2019 and discussed the importance of the cinematographer-colorist collaboration.  He also lead a hands-on workshop in DaVinci Resolve. 

Micheal Engler, Producer and Director

Michael Engler is a director and producer, known for Sex and the City (1998), Downton Abbey (2019) and Downton Abbey (2010).

Adele Lim, Writer

Adele Lim was born in Malaysia. She is known for her work on Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Life on Mars (2008) and Missing (2012).

Elizabeth Lo, Director

Elizabeth Lo is a director and cinematographer, known for Hotel 22 (2014), Stray (2020) and Treasure Island (2015)

Brunson Green, Producer

Brunson Green is a producer, known for The Help (2011), A United Kingdom (2016) and Walking Out (2017).

Wash Westmoreland, Producer, Director, and Writer

Director of Still Alice (2014). In 2015, Westmoreland was awarded the Humanitas Prize

Jeffrey Reddick, Writer

Jeffrey Reddick is best known for creating the Final Destination (2000) film franchise. He also co-wrote the story for, and executive produced, Final Destination 2 (2003). 

Ligiah Villalobos, Feature and TV Writer

Ligiah Villalobos is a writer and producer, known for Firelight (2012), Under the Same Moon (2007) and Coco (2017).

Fanshen Cox, Development Executive at Pearl Street Films

Award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator, Fanshen Cox is the writer/producer/performer of One Drop of Love, which traveled across the U.S. and internationally from 2013-2020. Fanshen is also a Producer and Development Executive at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Pearl Street Films.

Livon Antwan Gorgees, Editor at America's Got Talent

Livon Antwan Gorgees is an Iraqi refugee based in Los Angeles. His love and passion for filmmaking gave him the ability to create different stories using his own life experiences, which helps him achieve a greater purpose in life. He most recently finished up working remotely in post production on the latest season of America's Got Talent.

Loira Limbal, Senior Vice President of Programs at Firelight Media

In addition to making movies, Loira Limbal is the Senior Vice President for Programs at Firelight Media, a premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight films have garnered multiple Primetime Emmys, Peabodys, and Sundance Film Festival awards and they provide mentorship and support programs for emerging filmmakers of color.

Geoff Haley, Stedicam Operator and Camera Operator

Steadicam operator/camera operator. Most recently, he operated on Joker, for which he won the Society of Camera Operators Camera Operator of the Year. Also known for his work on films like Jumanji: The Next Level, Black Adam, Easy A, Joker, Avengers Endgame, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Baywatch, The Fate of the Furious, Star Trek Beyond,  and more.   

Greg Irwin, Camera Operator

(FEA alum) A cameraman, known for his work on Interstellar, Joker, The Fate of the Furious, Star Trek Beyond, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and more.

Kelly Gallagher, Animator

Kelly is an experimental animator, filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Syracuse University. She created the animated scenes Jeffrey Palmer’s documentary Words from a Bear (Sundance 2019, PBS American Masters) on Pulitzer Prize winning Kiowa writer Navarro Scott Momaday and on Sasha Waters Freyer’s documentary about iconic photographer Garry Winogrand,  All Things Are Photographable (SXSW, 2019, PBS American Masters). She recently won a residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts and is now making an animated film about the history of Planned Parenthood commissioned by the organization and original animations commissioned by Netflix. 

Sarah Berkovich, Virtual Reality Specialist at Film Independent

Film independent – specializes in Virtual Reality (VR)

Lisa Callif, Partner at Donaldson & Callif, LLP

Partner at Donaldson & Callif, LLP. Lisa is the co-author of Clearance & Copyright, 4th eds and The American Bar Association’s Legal Guid to Independent FilmmakingLisa and her partner are the most prominent lawyers in the documentary sphere, representing a vast slate of films that premiere at top festivals and win major honors including Oscars, Emmys, Peabodys, and Sundance Grand Jury awards

Danny Grunes, Director of Photography

Director of Photography known for Coming Clean (documentary), So She Might Live (short), The Twisted Nanny (TV movie), and PUBG Seven Cold Front (TV series short).

Claudia Viallta-Mejia, Sustainability & Medical Services Specialist at Sony Entertainment

(FEA Alum) Previously Sustainability trainee at Sony, now Sustainability & Medical Services Specialist. Caludia came to speak with students regarding how to have a sustainable production


David Magdael, Producer

David Magdael is known for his work on The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), Unleashed (2005) and The Expendables (2010)

Christina Kleppinger, Writer/ Director

Christina Kleppinger is a writer/director living in Los Angeles. Christina is writing & directing partners with her sister, Caitlin. T As a team, they were chosen as narrative fellows for the Women In Film/Sundance Collab Film Financing and Strategy Intensive in the spring of 2020.

Jessica Badenoch, Producer

Jessica Badenoch is a producer and production manager, known for Prime Suspect (2011), Empire (2015) and Trust Me (2009).

Heather Ross, Producer

Her first feature documentary, Girls on the Wall, played on PBS, winning an Emmy after a festival run garnering multiple awards. She has directed and produced programs for HBO, NBC, Fox, Discovery, A&E and more, including many episodes of the Emmy nominated doc series Who Do You Think You Are?. Most recently, Heather directed It Got Better, a short documentary series starring Jane Lynch, George Takei and others, for Dan Savage's It Gets Better campaign. She is currently directing a feature documentary about the infamous comedy guru Del Close.

Alexandra Jones, Director/Producer

Alex Jones is an assistant director and producer, known for The Guard (2011), In America (2002), and Shrooms (2007).

Robert Bahar, Producer

Robert Bahar is an Emmy, Berlinale and Goya-winning documentary filmmaker. He relocated from Brooklyn to Spain to direct and produce The Silence of Others (2018), in collaboration with Almudena Carracedo. Executive Produced by Pedro Almodóvar and seven years in the making, The Silence of Others has won over 40 international prizes, including the 2019 Goya for Best Documentary Feature (Spain's Academy Award equivalent), the Platino Award (IberoAmerican Academy Award equivalent), the Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, Berlinale Peace Film Prize, and the Grand Jury Prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest. It was shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature for the 91st Academy Awards and was nominated for a European Film Award. Robert won an Emmy as producer/writer of the documentary Made in L.A. (2007), and he spearheaded the three-year impact campaign that brought the film to audiences around the world. 

Shana Hagan, Cinematographer

For over 25 years, Shana Hagan has shot Oscar and Emmy-winning documentaries with such distinguished filmmakers as Michael Apted, Jessica Yu, Morgan Neville, Lauren Greenfield and Rory Kennedy. She is a member of The American Society of Cinematographers, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The International Cinematographers Guild, The International Documentary Association and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Grace Lee, Producer/Director

Grace Lee was born in Columbia, Missouri, USA. She is a producer and director, known for American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013), Barrier Device (2002) and Janeane from Des Moines (2012).

Jason Osder, President of Amigo Media, Editor/Director

Jason Osder is assistant professor at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and president of Amigo Media, a postproduction boutique and consultancy. He is co-author of Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook, with Robbie Carman, his partner at Amigo. He holds a master's degree in documentary from the University of Florida and Let the Fire Burn is his first feature film.

Leo S. Chiang, Cinematographer

S. Leo Chiang is a cinematographer and producer, known for Our Time Machine (2019), A Village Called Versailles (2009) and Mr. Cao Goes to Washington (2012)

Joanna Sokolowski, Producer/Director

Joanna Sokolowski is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and podcast producer. She is currently a senior producer on the Spotify original podcast An Oral History of the Office, and produces Vote! The Podcast. She directed/produced the Artist and Mother (2018) and City Rising (2018) for KCET with filmmaking partner Kate Trumbull LaValle. Both films went on to win LA Press Club Awards, including best Gender/LGTBQ Reporting and Best Activism Journalism. She and Kate directed/produced Ovarian Psycos (2016), which premiered at SXSW and was broadcast on PBS Independent Lens (2017). She co-produced the Emmy Award Winning HBO film Very Semi Serious (2015). She has produced for Netflix, Spotify, independently, and commercially. She teaches at Chapman University, and holds a BA in Community Development & Urban Planning and an MA in Social Documentation from University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was the recipient of the Human Rights Center Fellowship. 

Celia Peck, Director/Producer

Emmy nominated filmmaker Cecilia Peck has always been drawn to stories of individuals who stand up for their beliefs. She directed and produced the Netflix Original Brave Miss World,  the story of Miss World Linor Abargil's fight for justice and triumph over trauma following a brutal rape crime. She also directed and produced Shut Up & Sing,  which was shortlisted for the 2007 Academy Awards, won Best Documentary at the Aspen, Sydney, Woodstock Film Festivals, and Special Jury Prize at the Toronto and Chicago Film Festivals. It was named Best Documentary by the Boston and San Diego Film Critics Societies, and won the Courage in Film Award from the Women's Film Critics Circle among others.

Alex Johnston, Filmmaker

Alex Johnston is a documentarian, media maker, and media scholar. His films and GIF cycles, including Way Down in the Hole (2011),  NOW! AGAIN! (2014), Ra*ist President (2016) and  Evidence of the Evidence (2017), have screened at a wide variety of venues, including the Berlinale, IndieLisboa, Walker Art Center, San Francisco’s Other Cinema, and the Miners' Colfax Medical Center, a convalescent home for retired hard rock and coal miners in Raton, New Mexico. Alex is also the managing editor of the radical online media journal NOW!, A Journal of Urgent Praxis.

Jimmy LaValle, Composer

Jimmy LaValle is a composer who uses synthesizers and effects to create a nuanced palette of textures and dense, evocative atmospheres. His music defies easy categorization, with a style that creates soothing melodies, highlighted by jolts of unexpected dissonance. While drawing inspiration from minimalist composers and sound manipulators like Max Richter and Cliff Martinez, LaValle has developed his own unique method of decorating a film’s sonic space. His soundtrack work includes Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle’s Ovarian Psycos, PJ Raval’s Before You Know It and The Endless and Spring, both directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. These award-winning films have played successfully at many festivals, including the Toronto International, TriBeca, SXSW, Hot Docs, Fantastic Fest, Seattle, Edinburgh, Los Angeles and San Francisco and on PBS' Independent Lens.  

Andi Xoch, Print Artist

Andi Xoch, born in Mexico City and raised in Eastside Los Angeles, is a street and print artist, specializing in stencil making, doll making, interior design and murals. Her practice is deeply embedded in community activism. She is a former founding member of the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade in 2010, a Boyle Heights-based collective. After parting with Ovarian Psycos, Xoch co-founded the artist collective, Ni Santas in 2016. Xoch recently created Latinx With Plants and opened two stores in Boyle Heights. She is featured in the award-winning documentary, Ovarian Psycos (2016), which premiered at SXSW and broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens.  

Jacob Bricca, Editor

Jacob is an award-winning editor and author of the book Documentary Editing.

Jeff Consiglio, Producer/Editor

Jeff is an award-winning documentary editor best known for War/Dance (Oscar nominee), Inocente (Oscar winner), Twinsters (winner Special Jury Award for Documentary Film Editing at SXSW, Netflix), Best and Most Beautiful Things (Netflix), Life According to Sam (HBO) and Grammy award-winning music videos.

David Felix Sutecliffe, Producer

David Felix Sutcliffe is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work is rooted in racial justice. His film (T)ERROR, co-directed with Lyric R. Cabral, is the first documentary to capture an active FBI terror sting. Variety Magazine praised the film as "a vital exposé" and Newsweek said it was "astounding", declaring it one of the best documentaries of the year. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and received a 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Documentary.

Hue Rhodes, Writer/Director

Hue is a graduate of Princeton (BA, Civil Engineering), Stanford (M.S. Civil Engineering), and NYU Tisch (M.F.A. Film Production). He is the writer and director of the 2009 release St. John of Las Vegas.

Toby Brooks, Manager for the Sundance Ignite Program

Toby Brooks is the Manager of Sundance Institute's Sundance Ignite Program, which cultivates and supports a new generation of filmmakers. Brooks has worked for Sundance Institute for 5 years, first as the Assistant to the Director of the Sundance Film Festival. From 2012-2017, Brooks was a member of the Emerging Leaders Council at Outfest, an Los Angeles film non-profit that promotes LGBT equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he received his B.A. from UCLA.


Moira Morel, Cinematographer


Moira Morel is an accomplished Latinx cinematographer living in Los Angeles, CA with a background in both documentary and narrative filmmaking. 


Morel was raised in a conservative Latino household in the suburbs outside of Detroit, Michigan. After finishing high school, her desire to get a different take on the world at large led her to The Evergreen State College (TESC) in Olympia, WA. It was at TESC that Morel found her passion for photography, documentary filmmaking and activism. 


In 2012 Morel was accepted into the cinematography program at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, California. Since completing her MFA in 2014, Morel has shot commercials, music videos, shorts and web-series’. 


Over the last 10 years, many of the films that Morel has lensed have screened and won awards at film festivals nationally and internationally. Most notably, Unlovable  premiered at  SXSW  in 2018 and won the SXSW Gamechanger Award. Vámonos,  the short film that Morel both shot and co-wrote, won the 2016 Best Theatrical Short Imagen Award  along with the 2016  NBCU Open Possibilites Social Impact Award.  The Skinny premiered at Sundance in 2016 and The Punk Singer  had its world premier in 2013 at SXSW. 


Morel is currently working as a cinematographer forThe L Word: Generation Q  on Showtime. 

Hannah Driscoll, Script Supervisor

Hannah Driscoll is a script supervisor, writer, and new director of the short film, From This Day Forward (2019). Known for script supervising the TV shows Adam Ruins Everything (2018-2019) and PEN15 (2018), as well as the features Lost Transmissions (2018) and Plus One (2017). She script supervises anything from features and shorts to television shows and commercials, switching between the different mediums frequently. With her photographic memory and quick adaptation skills, she can work with many different directors and shooting styles efficiently from the first day on set.

Jessica Badenoch, Production Supervisor

Jessica Badenoch is a producer and production manager, known for Prime Suspect (2011), Empire (2015) and Trust Me (2009).  

Hue Rhodes, Director/Writer

Hue is a graduate of Princeton (BA, Civil Engineering), Stanford (M.S. Civil Engineering), and NYU Tisch (M.F.A. Film Production).  He is the writer/Director of the 2009 release St. John of Las Vegas (Steve Buscemi, Romany Malco, Peter Dinklage, Sarah Silverman), a $4.5M feature film that served as his NYU graduate thesis.   


Prior to enrolling in NYU, Hue had a very successful career in tech/business development and sales, the industry he spends most of his time working in currently.  


Effie Brown, Producer

Effie Brown is known for her work on Dear White People (2014), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) and Real Women Have Curves (2002). 

Carl Fischer, Associate Professor

Carl Fischer is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fordham University. He is the author of Queering the Chilean Way: Cultures of Exceptionalism and Sexual Dissidence, 1965-2015 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016) and co-editor (with Vania Barraza) of Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World (Wayne State UP, 2020). His writing has been published in American Quarterly, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Hispanic Review, and Comunicación y medios, among other academic journals. Before getting his PhD he worked as a translator for the Chilean government for several years. 

Brad Inglesby, Writer and Producer

Graduating from Archbishop Carroll in Pennsylvannia, Inglesby had his eye on a career in business until he took a screenwriting class at Villanova. After graduation, he studied at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, debuting with a script for the short film The Honeyfields in 2006. He’s since been responsible for a string of scripts that have attracted well known actors and actresses in the industry including: 2013’s Out of the Furnace, featuring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson; 2015’s Run All Night with Liam Neeson and Ed HarrisBen Affleck in The Way Back; and Jason SegelDakota Johnson and Casey Affleck in Our Friend.

His latest effort, the already acclaimed HBO mini-series Mare Of Easttown is arguably a greatest hits compendium that pulls from the milieu around his life in small-town PA.

Amalia Córdova, Latinx Digital Curator and Chair of Research and Education at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Amalia Cordova co-directs the Smithsonian Mother Tongue Film Festival. She is a former Latin American specialist for the Film + Video Center of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and has taught courses on Indigenous film at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Dr. Lindsay Nelson

Lindsay Nelson received her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, where her dissertation focused on the figure of the "monstrous child" in Japanese literature and film. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Economics at Meiji University in Tokyo, where she teaches English classes and classes on Japanese cinema and popular culture. Her research focuses on Japanese horror films, Japanese popular culture, and gender issues in Japanese media. Her work has appeared in East Asian Journal of Popular CultureJournal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, and Japanese Studies. Her book, Circulating Fear: Fractured Realities, Japanese Horror, and New Media, is available for pre-order from Lexington Books (a division of Rowman and Littlefield). 

Ben Caldwell, Arts Educator and Independent Filmmaker 

Caldwell’s films often trace historical and cultural connections. Eyewitness: Reflections of Malcolm X & the O.A.A.U. (2006) presents the Harlem reunion of ex-members of the Organization of Afro-American Unity. La Buena Vida (The Good Life)(2008), filmed over the course of three years while Caldwell taught at the California Institute of the Arts, documents the cultural exchanges between a group of hip hop artists and musicians from Los Angeles and their counterparts in Havana, Cuba. 

Christine Swanson, Director

Swanson directed the record-breaking, smash-hit film  The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel, which was 2020's Best TV Movie award recipient from the African American Film Critics Association and nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Movie Made for Television as well as five NAACP Image Award Nominations including Outstanding Directing. Her other celebrated and award winning movie credits include All About You, All About Us, The Miki Howard Story, andFor the Love of Ruth, (for which she also earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Television Motion Picture). Christine is currently on path to produce and direct, Sunflower: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story  written by and starring  Aunjanue Ellis. Christine received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Sally Rubin, Producer

Rodrigo Robledo, Editor and Director

Hope Hall, Cinematographer

Kathy Huang, Cinematographer

Meg Smaker, Producer/Director

Bill Berg-Hillinger, Editor

Lyric Cabral, Producer/Director

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Director

Shane Slattery-Quintanilla, Producer