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Kent Hayward

Kent Hayward is a filmmaker, writer, director, and film production instructor. 


He earned his BA in communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MFA in live-action film and video production from the California Institute of the Arts.

Teaching Experience

In addition to his work at CSULB, Hayward has taught film production and film studies at Loyola-Marymount University, California State University San Bernardino, and El Camino College. In 2016, Hayward began putting together film workshops, both in Hamburg and in Long Beach, with the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences as part of a collaboration between that university and CSULB.

Film Industry Experience

Hayward began working in visual effects and editorial on Hollywood blockbusters including The Dark Knight,  Inception, Terminator 3John Carpenter’s The Ghosts of Mars, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. He's also done extensive post-production work on 3-D IMAX movies such as James Cameron's Aliens of the Deep and Ghosts of the AbyssHis television experience includes editorial work on shows for NBC Universal, SyFy, and Lifetime. Hayward is also in the Motion Picture Editors Guild, having worked in the editorial department on TV, VFX, and features.  

Creative Work

Hayward recently collaborated with internationally renowned Argentinian artist David Lamelasas the cinematographer for In Our Time, which was largely shot at the Getty Center, where it later premiered as a part of the multi-museum art event Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. It has also screened at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires. 

In 2017, he worked with students from CSULB and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences to produce the film Oceans Acrosswhich was shot on location in both cities. 

Hayward's own films have screened at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center and festivals including Dances with Films, DocuWest, New Filmmakers, and Film Independent's Cinema Lounge. The Los Angeles Times' Kevin Thomas declared Hayward's film Homestead Artifact "deeply affecting... Hayward has succeeded beautifully." LA Weekly called it "an affecting rumination on the importance of memories." 

In 2014, 7 Dudley Cinema at the historic Beyond Baroque Arts Center in Los Angeles hosted a retrospective of Hayward's films, including August, Dream Experiment #2, and his documentary about walking across L.A., Sunset to Sunset. 

Currently, Hayward is collaborating with industry professionals and current and former CSULB students on an original web series called Lunar Estates.