The NYU Cinema Research Institute is a community of filmmakers, scholars, and entrepreneurs who are committed to exploring new models of financing, producing, marketing, and distributing media and entertainment.
The NYU Cinema Research Institute is a community of filmmakers, scholars, and entrepreneurs who, together, are committed to exploring new models of financing, producing, marketing, and distributing media and entertainment. The Institute supports Fellows who have the means to hypothesize, test, and execute innovative business and creative strategies to propel media arts to a more robust and diverse future.
Our Mission and Board
Chair of Graduate Film
John is the Chair of the Graduate Film Program at NYU since 2005, and Chair of the Graduate Film Program at TischAsia in Singapore during its inaugural year. Joining with his colleagues in the Stern School of Business, John co-created the Dual MBA/MFA Degree in Producing, which accepted its first class in September 2008.
John Tintori has edited over a dozen feature length films, including Eight Men Out directed by John Sayles’ True Love and Dogfight, directed by Nancy Savoca, and Mister Wonderful, directed by Anthony Minghella. In addition to his feature credits, John has edited numerous TV commercials, music videos, and short films, including Trevor, which won the Oscar for Best Dramatic Short Film in 1995. John has written several screenplays, including Wise Child and Murder Most Foul for Columbia Pictures, and Interstate for HBO, which was based on the novel by Stephen Dixon. He co-directed, with Mary Cybulski, Hellcab, an independent feature film starring John Cusack, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, and Gillian Anderson.
John is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, the Writer’s Guild of America, and the IATSE.
Mary Schmidt Campbell
Dean of Tisch School of the Arts
Mary has been dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for the past 21 years. Previously, she was New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, executive director of The Studio Museum in Harlem (1977-1987) and was Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts (2007-2009). She also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Tisch Asia, the Tisch School’s campus in Singapore. President Obama appointed Dr. Campbell Vice Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009. Currently, she is a trustee of The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Public Theater and The Harlem School of the Arts. She is currently working on a book on Romare Bearden for Oxford University Press.
Richard is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Energy Plus, an electricity and natural gas supply company headquartered in Philadelphia and operating in states throughout the U.S. He was previously co-founder of two credit card companies – First USA, which grew to be the largest Visa issuer in the industry and which was sold to Bank One in 1997, and Juniper Financial, the fastest growing credit card issuer of the past decade, which was sold to Barclays PLC in 2004. He is also managing partner of Gabriel Investments, and early stage investment fund.
Richard currently serves on the corporate boards of Heartland Payment Systems of Princeton, New Jersey, Think Direct Marketing of Tampa, Florida and GoodCents Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia. He is president of the Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival, and on the boards of the University of Pennsylvania Press, the Franklin Institute, the Dean’s Advisory Council of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. He is also co-founder of the Afghanistan Study Group, and is also editor of the blog and email newsletter service Delanceyplace.com.
Robert founded Warren International firm in 1969 to specialize in financial services executive search. Robert has undertaken senior level assignments on a global basis and frequently acts as an advisor to key clients, domestic and global, on their global expansion plans. The firm has since evolved and primarily serves the investment management community on a global basis as a lift-out specialist. Robert has the longest tenure as an active search professional globally. He started his career at the Irving Trust Company. He has B.S. and M.B.A degrees.
Robert has managed the Warren Foundation since 1994, which provides programs for “at-risk” children nationally. Robert also helps run the Sarasota Film Festival, including setting up an “Investors Lab,” the first of its kind in the United States.
White papers, journals and models from our fellows
Our research is conducted throughout the year and either presented in white papers at various points in the calendar, or as it unfolds on a live basis.
Our current fellows
Artel is a knowledge worker and social practice artist whose intellectual and artistic work explores methods of critical intervention through creative engagement. His professional and academic achievements situate his work in an intriguing public framework.
Artel’s media output has been described as “multilayered” by the New York Times, “warm, outgoing, direct, funny, and endearing” by the LA Times and “virtuoso” by the LA Weekly, and he is also the winner of a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination.
As a Cinema Research Institute Fellow, Artel’s work is focused on re-imagining film distribution strategies to offer a poetic and pragmatic solution that addresses issues of media diversity for underserved populations.
Colin Whitlow Current Fellow Colin Whitlow works in business development at Start Media, an NYC-based company with interests in film production, financing and exhibition. In 2013 he became one of the first graduates of NYU’s pioneering MBA/MFA dual degree program. During the program he produced 15 shorts from the US to the Dominican Republic and China and received the Media Services Graduate Film Production Fund Award, NYU’s highest honor for producing students. Prior to that he worked at YouTube where he built systems that analyzed user behavior to improve the product. A native Virginian, Colin received his undergraduate degrees in English and Studio Art from the University of Virginia.
Colin Whitlow works in business development at Start Media, an NYC-based company with interests in film production, financing and exhibition. In 2013 he became one of the first graduates of NYU’s pioneering MBA/MFA dual degree program. During the program he produced 15 shorts from the US to the Dominican Republic and China and received the Media Services Graduate Film Production Fund Award, NYU’s highest honor for producing students. Prior to that he worked at YouTube where he built systems that analyzed user behavior to improve the product. A native Virginian, Colin received his undergraduate degrees in English and Studio Art from the University of Virginia.
Forest Conner graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2006 with a dual-degree in Computer Science and Psychology, specializing in Artificial Intelligence Research. Subsequently he worked in the fast-paced world of software development in Silicon Valley for the networking giant Cisco Systems, Inc. until his entry into the dual MBA/MFA program at NYU Tisch School of the Art and Stern school of business.
Through the dual-degree program, he focused his study on independent film production and entrepreneurship in the film industry. He had produced numerous award-winning short films and web series, most notably Double Crossed, a branded web series produced for Subway Sandwiches that debuted at South By Southwest in 2013.
Forest currently works at the digital distribution company VHX as a Data Scientist where he analyzes various sets of information to create insights into effective models of distribution for independent films.
Forest was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Michelle is a second-year MBA student at NYU Stern and a producer for Promotion Pictures, a branded entertainment company that brings together graduate students across NYU to create cutting-edge multimedia campaigns for major consumer brands. Michelle has worked at HBO, Vimeo, and the Disney-ABC Television Group. At the latter, she developed and pitched strategic recommendations for a digital TV service targeted to millennials that have never subscribed to cable. Prior to Stern, she was a broadcast and cable analyst at the media research firm SNL Kagan. Her Cinema Research Institute fellowship project will test whether dynamically priced tickets sold over a mobile platform can increase theatrical attendance. Michelle graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics.
Our former fellows
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Michael graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Film Studies in 2006, after having assistant directed Benh Zeitlin’s first film egg (2004) and directed his own film Frame of Reference (2006). He served as Executive Producer on Court 13′s Glory at Sea in 2007, concurrently working for the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.; in 2008 he worked for Obama for America as a Field Organizer during the primaries, and as Ohio New Media Director during the general election. With Josh Penn and Dan Janvey, Michael produced Court 13’s first feature film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin. Beasts won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in January 2012 and the Camera d’Or at Cannes in May 2012; it was nominated for four Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Michael also produced documentary filmmakers the Ross Brothers’ second feature, Tchoupitoulas, which premiered at South by Southwest in March 2012 and was distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories in more than 25 cities in late 2012 and early 2013. Currently, he’s producing the Brothers’ third feature, Western, as well as Ping Pong Summer, an 80’s era coming of age comedy, directed by Michael Tully and starring a mix of undiscovered local teenagers and Lea Thompson, John Hannah, Amy Sedaris, Judah Friedlander, and Susan Sarandon.
Academy Award nominated producer Josh Penn’s films, including Beasts of the Southern Wild, have won over 50 awards internationally, including Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize and Cannes’ Camera d’Or. In addition, Josh received the Sundance & Indian Paintbrush Producer’s Award and is a nominee for Outstanding Producer in this year’s Producers Guild Awards. Upcoming projects include a stop-motion animated film by Henry Selick (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas), the documentary Tchoupitoulas (Hot
Micah is a filmmaker and educator whose work focuses on forging unexpected connections between people and finding humanity in unforeseen places. Micah graduated from Stanford University with a degree in History/Anthropology and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. While in Guinea, Micah attended the Pan African Film Festival and was inspired to become a filmmaker. Upon his return to the U.S. he worked with Oscar-Winning documentarian Daniel Junge on several films, including Iron Ladies of Liberia (a BBC/PBS film which followed the first year in office of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president). Micah’s first feature documentary, Death of Two Sons, was awarded the HBO “Life Through Your Lens” Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award and was distributed through Netflix. Micah has also made films in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and India.
Micah attended the MFA program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he wrote and directed several short narrative movies. (His short script On the Wall, slated for production later this year, received the Alfred. P. Sloan Foundation Production Award and the Spike Lee Production Award.) Micah is currently a Fellow at the Cinema Research Institute, where he is studying the future of the Co-Production and cross-border financing for independent film.
Ryan is a NY-based filmmaker with award-winning work recognized by the Academy Awards®, the Canadian Academy of Film and Television, Sundance, MoMa, IFP, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Berlinale. Recent films include producing credits on Sundance selection and Gotham Award winning Holy Rollers, God Of Love (Oscar® Winner Best Live Action Short), Doubles With Slight Pepper (TIFF Jury Prize and Canadian Academy Screen Award Winner), and the in-development Stephen King feature adaptation The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Additional feature producing credits include The Girl is in Trouble Executive Produced by Spike Lee, Bastards of Young and the recently wrapped A Birder’s Guide to Everything starring Academy-Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley.
Ryan is a film and digital media producer and a recent graduate of New York University’s M.B.A./M.F.A. dual degree. Ryan’s producing credits include music videos for Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) and Trevor Giuliani (Dovecote Records), film-based content for global brands such as Cisco, Vita Coco and I LOVE New York and narrative films, including Nightlife which had it’s world premier at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Maintaining a strong interest in digital media, Ryan has led projects for Focus Features and HBO and currently works as Senior Manager of Digital Media at Starz Media where he creates content and businesses across a variety of digital platforms. In a previous life Ryan was a founding member of the critically acclaimed rock band Aberdeen City. He holds a B.A from Boston College and currently lives in New York City.
I have developed a comprehensive economic snapshot of independent film available by accruing production costs, box office, home video, digital revenues, marketing/P&A, agency fees and festival spends. The goal of the project is to create a comprehensive, updatable document and to bring transparency to the economics surrounding independent film.
Claire is a New York City born, raised, and based producer and a member of the inaugural class of NYU Tisch and Stern’s MBA/MFA producing program. Claire has produced award-winning short films, commercials, and web content. Claire’s work has screened at SXSW, the Sarasota Film Festival, the Anthology Film Archives, and other festivals and institutions around the country. As a current Cinema Research Institute fellow, Claire is studying online communities in order to understand how tools for film funding, distribution, and discovery should support them. Claire has worked at Killer Films, was selected for Stern’s Industry Mentorship Initiative program at Time Warner, and was awarded the IFP/Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film. Before graduate school, Claire was an honors student at Brown University where she studied art-semiotics and was awarded a Weston Award in Fine Arts for her filmmaking. Claire is a big proponent of spare time and spends most of hers playing music and high-fiving her mutt puppy, Otis.
I have studied the role that community plays in new online tools for filmmakers and fans from behavioral and economic perspectives. I have researched how and why online communities form and endure in order to understand how tools for film funding, distribution, and discovery should support them. The underlying question of my research was how tools are currently helping or could better help filmmakers find and engage their fans, and, in turn, help fans find the films they want to see but don’t realize exist. To address this question, I developed an evolving online resource to help filmmakers and fans navigate this online space.
Edward holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Before entering the Graduate Film Program at Tisch, he served as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in the US Army, as an internal auditor at the CBS Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC. His goal is to make films that not only entertain, but also open dialogue and break down stereotypes and prejudices. The films he has produced or directed have screened at festivals all over the world including: 38th Annual Student Academy Awards, Slamdace, Palm Springs, Woodstock, Cinequest, Clermont-Ferrand, and Gen Art.
I have developed a new model of independent filmmaking focused on the production of feature films produced within the walls of the university system that will hopefully make dollars and sense.
Lending their thoughts and expertise to the Institute
Below is the list of people kind enough to consult on our current research.
21 Grams, American Splendor, Happiness, The Ice Storm, In The Bedroom — Ted Hope, co-founder of Good Machine, This Is That and, most recently, Double Hope Films, has produced close to seventy films, including three Sundance Grand Prize winners and the first features of Alan Ball, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, and Ang Lee, among others. His blog, Hope For Film, is recognized as a core component of the indie film community; he also co-founded the Indie Film review site HammerToNail.com. Ted’s next film will be Ti West’s The Side Effect, starring Liv Tyler. Sean Baker’s Starlet premieres in competition at SXSW; Ted executive produced. Among his other recent productions are Todd Solandz’s Venice competition entry Dark Horse, Sean Durkin’s Sundance 2011 Best Director winner Martha Marcy May Marlene and Collaborator, written and directed by Martin Donovan, won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2011 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Executive Director, IFP
Joana Vicente has been the Executive Director of the IFP since December 2009. Prior to this, she and her partner Jason Kliot produced/executive produced over forty films by such acclaimed directors as Jim Jarmusch, Miguel Arteta, Brian De Palma, Hal Hartley, Steven Soderbergh, Nicole Holofcener, and Todd Solondz.
She has co-founded three separate and unique film production entities over the course of her career. Among the many films that Vicente and Kliot have produced are Tony Bui’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award-winner Three Seasons, Jim Jarmusch’s cult classic Coffee and Cigarettes, Niels Mueller’s The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Todd Solondz’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Welcome to the Dollhouse, Brian De Palma’s controversial Redacted, and Alex Gibney’s Academy Award® nominated ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Vicente’s films have garnered numerous accolades and awards, including twenty-three Independent Spirit Award nominations and four wins. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Made in NY Award for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to New York City’s entertainment industry.
CEO, Producer, Screenwriter
James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain), and is CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Lost in Translation, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline, and The Kids Are All Right. He is also Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. He is the author of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Gertrud: The Moving Word, published by the University of Washington Press. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in English from U.C. Berkeley.
Schamus also participates as a member of the Jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City Film Festival dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18.
Christine Vachon has been nominated for an Emmy, a PGA Award, and nine Independent Spirit Awards, winning for Todd Haynes’ Far from Heaven. She received a Gotham Award nomination for Hayne’s I’m Not There and has received numerous accolades from the National Board of Review. Her credits include Cairo Time, Cracks, Savage Grace, A Dirty Shame, A Home at the End of the World, The Company, One Hour Photo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Boys Don’t Cry, I Shot Andy Warhol and Todd Haynes’ directorial film debut, Poison. She has also published two bestselling books on independent film producing.
Creative Director, Film+Video VIMEO
At Vimeo, Jeremy is the Director and Co-Creator of the Vimeo Festival + Awards and also works on creative strategy across brand partnerships and editorial vision. Based between London and New York, Jeremy is also an award winning creative director and filmmaker. During the past fifteen years Jeremy has worked with Warner Brothers, PlayStation, Kswiss, Royal College of Art, TED, Britdoc, Tribeca Film Festival, Arts Alliance and Res Media Group to name a few. At RES Media Group he was Director of International Operations and Senior Programmer for the maverick digital festival RESFEST. He became Head of Programming for the final festival in 2006. As a filmmaker his film The Last Supper traveled to over a dozen festivals including Sundance and as a cinematographer he shot over 40 short films. He graduated with honours from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
As one of the most powerful producers in the country, Paula Wagner boasts an astounding résumé that includes such enormously successful films as War of the Worlds and The Others, as well as Valkyrie, The Last Samurai, Shattered Glass, and the MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE series through her long partnership with Tom Cruise. Her current efforts are as founder of Chestnut Ridge Productions, a film production company that is developing motion picture, theater, television and new media projects. Prior to producing, Wagner spent nearly 15 years as one of the industry’s top talent agents at CAA where, in addition to Tom Cruise, she guided the careers of Oliver Stone, Demi Moore, Robert Towne, and Val Kilmer, among others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Rick Nicita, Co-chairman of CAA and their son, Zachary, drummer for the up-and-coming band Royal Orange.
Yancey Strickler is Co-Founder of Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. His writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Spin, and the Village Voice, among other publications. He lives in New York City and has personally backed more than 500 Kickstarter projects.
Lance Weiler is a critically acclaimed award winning writer / director. Recognized as a pioneer because of the way he makes and distributes his work – WIRED magazine named him “One of twenty-five people helping to re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood.” He has successfully self-distributed his films The Last Broadcast and Head Trauma to more than 20 countries while grossing over 5 million dollars in the process. The Last Broadcast, which he co-wrote and co-directed, became the first film to be distributed digitally to theaters in 1998.
Caitlin Boyle is the founder of Film Sprout and the architect of grassroots and community screening campaigns for numerous independent documentaries, including the award-winning features King Corn (SXSW 2007), Pray the Devil Back to Hell (TriBeCa 2008), and The End of the Line (Sundance 2009). Previously on staff at the Emmy-winning PBS film series Wide Angle, Caitlin consults with dozens of filmmakers each year as they seek new, motivated audiences for documentary film. She has spoken at grassroots distribution workshops and panels at Sheffield Doc/Fest, SXSW, Hot Docs, IFP, LA Film Festival, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives and works in New York City.
Dennis Crowley is the co-founder of foursquare, a service that combines social networks, location awareness and game mechanics to encourage people explore the world around them. Previously, Dennis founded dodgeball.com, one of the first mobile social services in the US, which was acquired by Google in 2005. He has been named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35″ by MIT’s Technology Review magazine (2005), one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40″ (2010) and has won the “Fast Money” bonus round on the TV game show Family Feud (2009). He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Dennis holds a Master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a Bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Director, NYU Game Center
Frank Lantz is the Interim Director of the NYU Game Center. For over 12 years, Frank has taught game design at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He has also taught at the School of Visual Arts, and Parsons School of Design. His writings on games, technology and culture have appeared in a variety of publications. In 2005 Frank co-Founded Area/Code, a New York based developer that created cross-media, location-based, and social network games. In 2011 Area/Code was acquired by Zynga and is now Zynga New York. Frank has worked in the field of game development for the past 20 years. Before starting Area/Code, Frank worked on a wide variety of games as the Director of Game Design at Gamelab, Lead Game Designer at Pop & Co, and Creative Director at R/GA Interactive.
Over the past 10 years, Frank helped pioneer the genre of large-scale realworld games, working on projects such as: the Big Urban Game, which turned the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul into the world’s largest boardgame; ConQwest, which featured the first major application of semacodes in the United States; PacManhattan, a life-size version of the arcade classic created by the students in his Big Games class at NYU, and many other experiments in pervasive and urban gaming.
Producer, EiC Filmmaker Magazine
Scott Macaulay is a New York-based producer and the Editor-in-Chief of Filmmaker magazine, the leading American magazine devoted to independent film. As a producer, along with his partner Robin O’Hara and his production company Forensic Films, Macaulay has produced or executive-produced many award-winning features. They include Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas, Harmony Korine’s Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy, Alice Wu’s Saving Face, Tom Noonan’s What Happened Was and The Wife, Jesse Peretz’s The Chateau, Bryan Barber’s Idlewild, John Leguizamo’s Undefeated, and James Ponsoldt’s Off the Black. As a company, Forensic Films has been involved as a co-producer in several European productions, including Olivier Assayas’s Demonlover and Clean. In 1998 Macaulay and O’Hara were the recipients of an Independent Spirit Award for their producing work in independent film.
As the founding editor of Filmmaker magazine, Macaulay directs the editorial content of each issue as well as special issues and sections such as the annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. He is also currently co-editor of FilmInFocus, Focus Feature’s site for movie lovers, and sits on several industry boards, including the Toronto Film Festival’s Industry Center and the Rotterdam Film Festival’s CineMart. Prior to his work in film, Macaulay was Programming Director of The Kitchen Center for video, music, dance, performance, film and literature.
Deputy Director, IFP
Amy Dotson is the Deputy Director of IFP, producing and overseeing IFP signature programming including the Independent Filmmaker Labs, Independent Film Week (formerly IFP Market), the Independent Filmmaker Conference and Industry Connect. IFP, the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit membership organization for independent filmmakers and also the premiere advocate for them, has supported the production of 7,000 films and provided resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers in the last 30 years – voices that might not otherwise have been heard. She previously held the positions of Associate Programmer/Special Programs Producer for SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, The AFI Silver’s Latin American Film Festival and The European Union Film Showcase in Washington, DC. Prior to her experience as a programmer, Amy worked with producer Fred Berner, as well as at Curious Pictures and Miramax Films, where her responsibilities included a wide variety of production, development, administrative and business affairs duties, as well as extensive script and book coverage.In her spare time, Amy enjoys eating Nutella straight out of the jar, collecting Tracy Morgan memorabilia, and is producing her first feature documentary with director Brad Beesley (Fearless Freaks, Summercamp!) on the women of the Oklahoma State Prison Rodeo.
Bob has been a pioneer in the advertising and communications industry for over three decades. He leads the vision for R/GA, an agency that serves as the digital partner for Fortune 500 companies and world-renowned brands, including Ameriprise, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal Paris, MasterCard, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Nokia, Verizon, and Walmart. R/GA is one of the world’s most influential advertising agencies, emphasizing the importance of integrated strategies, creative excellence, and innovative technology. The agency has offices in New York, San Francisco and Chicago, and internationally in London, Stockholm, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Singapore.
Bob, and his brother Richard, founded R/Greenberg Associates (R/GA) in 1977 with the idea of creating a company that values design, while focusing on developing leading-edge motion graphics and live-action film and video production. The company created groundbreaking visual effects for movies, including Alien, Predator, Seven, and Zelig. R/GA’s body of work spans 400 feature films and 4,000 television commercials.
Creative Director, Tribeca Enterprises
Creative Director of Tribeca Enterprises, a New York company that includes the Tribeca Film Festival, the Tribeca Cinemas and the Tribeca Film Festival Doha. He joins Tribeca after serving 19 years as the Director of the Sundance Film Festival, where he was responsible for film selection in all sections of the Festival, as well as managing the Festival and providing overall artistic direction.
Director, Lecturer, Producer
Jan Schütte was born 1957 in Mannheim/Germany. After studying literature and philosophy he directed several documentary films. His feature debut film Dragon Chow premiered in 1987 at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the award for best first feature. Schütte went on directing and producing movies such as Bye Bye America, The Farewell (about Bertolt Brecht’s last summer), Fat World and Love Comes Lately, which premiered at the festivals of Cannes, Venice, Locarno, San Sebastian, Sundance and Toronto. He has won numerous national and international awards for his work. His documentary work includes To Patagonia, based on Bruce Chatwin’s book, and A Trip Into the Innermost of Vienna. Schütte was the founding director of the French-German Atelier program for young European producers. In 2005 and 2009 he was a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. Since September 2010 he is the director of the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, Germany’s oldest and leading film-school.
Founder, Sam Spiegel Film and TV School
Renen Schorr, a leading architect of modern Israeli cinema, has been a key figure in the Israeli film arena since the late 70’s as a film director, educator and cultural entrepreneur. Nearly two decades ago, Renen Schorr founded the now internationally acclaimed Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Jerusalem. Under his leadership, the school has become a pivotal catalyst in the renaissance of the Israeli cinema, winning the world’s “Best Film School” award 15 times, and boasting some 170 retrospectives in such international film festivals and museums as MOMA (1996) and Berlin (2004). Schorr was chosen by his colleagues as President of GEECT, the association of 70 European film schools (2000-2004).
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In 2014, the Cinema Research Institute will award up to 5 research fellowships to individuals interested in the conception, development and execution of new models of film finance and distribution. CRI Fellows will use their creative, strategic, and research skills, both individually and as a team, to address the challenges and seize the opportunities of the ever-changing film industry.
All interested individuals are welcome to apply for the CRI Fellowship. Applicants may 1) propose research to examine independent film finance, production, and distribution models on a national and/or global scale for film, television, and other media; 2) develop an innovative idea to address a specific film finance, production, or distribution problem; or 3) demonstrate a proof of concept in new film finance, production, or distribution models. Applicants may also submit a proposal to further work on existing CRI research projects.
Regardless of the developmental stage of the idea, appropriate candidates are academically and creatively accomplished individuals from a wide variety of disciplines. Successful applicants will receive up to $25,000 for their yearlong Fellowship (January – December 2014), during which time they will be introduced to industry mentors, have the opportunity to test their hypotheses and propose solutions, engage with academic and industry advisors, and publish their findings in the Cinema Research Institute Journal.
Each CRI Fellow will be required to attend monthly advisor meetings, contribute to the Cinema Research Institute Blog, submit quarterly reports, publish a white paper on his or her research to the Cinema Research Institute Journal, host an individual symposium on his or her research topic, and participate in an annual CRI conference.
There are three rounds of application review for the CRI Fellowship.
Round 1 – Applicants submit:
A CV or resume
A proposal describing the research topic, methodology and any testing opportunities (1-2 pages.)
The deadline for submitting an initial proposal is June 14, 2013. Proposals should be emailed to email@example.com. Applicants will be notified of their status by July 3, 2013.
Round 2 – Semi-finalists provide:
A personal statement of purpose (1-2 pages)
A detailed proposal (5-10 pages)
Deadline: August 1
Round 3: Finalists participate in an interview with the CRI Advisory Board.
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