Faculty

Linda Cimillo

Linda was an educator in the Yonkers Public School system for 32 years. As communications/media enrichment coordinator, she designed and implemented a curriculum for the gifted and talented elementary program. Upon her retirement in 2002 she began volunteering with JBFC education programs and currently serves as a session leader for See Hear Feel Film. She acts as board advisor
on the Rivertowns Arts Council.

Theresa Dawson

Theresa began her career as a film professor in the UK and has since worked with the Families First nonprofit educational center, developed curriculum materials for the American Museum of the Moving Image, and consulted for Witness. Theresa has a deep interest in teaching, inspiring, and mobilizing students to create media that advances social change. She has taught Reel Change, Reel Change for Nonprofits, Expanding the View, and the Summer Teachers Institute at the Lab.

Barbara De George

Barbara taught elementary school in the Mount Vernon City School District for 30 years. In addition to her work in the classroom, she designed and implemented new humanities and multicultural education curricula. She was a member of the Strategic Planning Professional Development Committee and Mentoring Committee. Barbara has won many awards, including the Mosaic Award for excellence in Multicultural Education and the Community Service Award from the city of Mount Vernon. She has been a session leader for See Hear Feel Film since 2004.

Bill Gordh

Bill is an award-winning storyteller, author, musician, and educator. He is the author of Stories in Action: Interactive Tales and Learning Activities to Promote Early Literacy. Bill has performed with the New York Philharmonic, at the Clearwater Festival, and at the White House Easter Egg Roll. He is the Director of Expressive Arts at the Episcopal School (NYC) and the Director of the Summer Arts Institute at Manhattanville College. He collaborated with the JBFC to create a curriculum for Seeing Stories, which uses storytelling and media to foster early literacy, and is teaching Family Tales.

Nancy Israel

Nancy Israel was formerly the head of development at the digital video production company InDigEnt, where she worked on projects including November, Puccini for Beginners, and Starting Out in the Evening. She also taught in the film department at NYU. She teaches And the Oscar® Goes To….

John Koch

John C. Koch is an independent filmmaker and photographer with a B.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has produced two original feature films, Je ne sais quoi and The Seducer, and is currently at work on a third, Stalemate, to be released in 2014. He is the founder of Cinema Revolution Society, an organization dedicated to promoting film and film studies which began as a retail video store and is now an online resource. He worked for Apple as a software trainer for four years and is an Apple Certified Pro in Final Cut Pro X. He currently teaches Final Cut Pro X v.1 and v.2.

Gregory Lewis

Gregory Lewis is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, with a B.A. in Media Arts. He works as a creative developer in the field of media production and is a freelance photographer.  He has worked on two feature films, Horton Hears a Who and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, as well as various short films. In addition to experience with Minds in Motion, he currently teaches Kidtoons and A Taste of Animation.

Aaron Mace, full-time faculty

Aaron has crewed on and produced numerous short films and has worked as a JBFC projectionist. He has taught and supervised See Hear Feel Film, the JBFC’s program for third graders, since 2004. He teaches Experiments in Media, Projects in Media, Special Effects and Make-Up, and many other JBFC classes. He is also director of the summer program, Lab Camp.

Rob Morton

Rob is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and film scholar. After majoring in film at Hobart College in Geneva, NY, he earned his MFA in writing and directing from NYU. His feature-length screenplays include the kidnapping comedy Bus 12, a ghost story entitled Dead Born, and the comic drama Side Tracks. Now based in Pleasantville, NY, Rob continues writing features and teaches screenwriting at NYU. He teaches The Art of the Short Screenplay and screenwriting courses for the Creators’ Co-Op at the Lab

Gregory Nemec

Greg is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is a freelance illustrator, author, and educator. His illustrations have appeared in educational books, magazines, newspapers, and on posters and t-shirts. He is the coauthor and illustrator of a humor book for parents. He teaches
traditional art classes for kids from preschool to college and is an instructor with Minds in Motion, KidToons, Advanced Animation, and A Taste of Animation.

Emily Ohara, full-time faculty

Emily received her BA in Cinema Studies from SUNY Purchase College with a double minor in Art History and Gender Studies. She has interned at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Discovery Channel, Clocktower Productions, and Women Make Movies. Emily teaches Lab Camp, Experiments in Media, Projects and Media, and Cinemania.

Yolanda Pividal

Yolanda Pividal is an independent documentary filmmaker, journalist, and Emmy Award–winning TV producer from Spain. As a filmmaker, she has won numerous grants and awards. She is currently working as a producer-editor for CUNY TV and as a freelance correspondent for Spanish media while she completes her first feature documentary film, Fighting Kites. A former JBFC International Filmmaker-in Residence, Yolanda teaches a range of courses for kids, teens, and adults.

Iva Radivojevic

Iva Radivojevic is a NYC-based working documentary filmmaker. Iva’s films have screened at various film festivals including SXSW Film Festival, Rotterdam IFF, Human Rights Watch, HotDocs Film Festival, PBS, The Documentary Channel as well as the New York Times Op-Docs. She is the recipient of the 2011 Princess Grace Film Fellowship, the 2012 Princess Grace Special Project Award. Iva was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013 by Filmmaker Magazine. Her first feature length documentary “Evaporating Borders,” was a selected project at IFP Film Week, Spotlight on Documentaries. She teaches Editing: Craft and Structure.

Adam Rokhsar

Adam received degrees in human development and counseling psychology from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. As a psychologist, he treated children, adolescents, and adults dealing with homelessness, child abuse, autism, and other issues. In 2009, he became Technical Director of the Manhattan-based arts nonprofit Harvestworks, where he designed and taught classes in music,
video, and computer programming to create new forms of art. He teaches Experiments in Media and is a technical consultant for the JBFC’s Interactive Learning and Teaching Platform.

Anne Marie Santoro

Anne Marie is an award-winning program designer, writer, and producer of educational media and national projects that nourish the best in the human spirit. With 30 years of experience, she has developed a national reputation as an author and educator whose curricula and professional development programs bring communities together around a common goal. Anne Marie, founder and president of From the Heart Communications, created and teaches the JBFC’s first education program, See Hear Feel Film, as well as The Power of Story I, II, and III. She created the new professional  development course, Teaching and Technology in the Digital Age.

Brandon Shenkman, full-time faculty

Brandon graduated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Electronic Media, Arts and Communication. While attending RPI he interned at IBM in the Software Division.  He has also designed and scored independent video games as well as being an accomplished freelance writer.   He currently teaches Experiments in Media and 3-D Animation.  During the summer he is the Assistant Director of Summer @ the Lab.

Brady Shoemaker, Director of Curriculum

Brady, a certified K–12 arts educator with a MA in Art Education, taught computer art on the high school level in Pennsylvania and worked on several films before joining the JBFC faculty. Brady has developed the JBFC’s Digital Storytelling programs, which encompass a course for English language learners at Westchester Community College, a course for adults and teens at the Media Arts Lab, and a collaboration with a social studies class at Fox Lane High School. In addition, he teaches Experiments in Media and Projects in Media and more.

Joseph Summerhays

Joe is an award-winning media designer whose work has been featured on television, in print, and at venues around the country. He has developed more than 40 children’s software titles, written 35 children’s books, and lectured widely on animation theory and visual intelligence. He created the JBFC’s Minds in Motion program for fourth graders and has guided the production of more than 300 animated short films in that program. He teaches A Taste of Animation at the Lab.

Darrel Swann, full-time faculty

Darrel received his BA in Poltical Science from Boston College, attended New York Film Academy for screenwriting, and is a screenwriter and filmmaker. He teaches Experiments in Media, Projects in Media, Digital Music, Interactive Art,and Screenwriting.

Sean Weiner, full-time faculty

Sean is a former house manager at the JBFC Theater, production assistant on several films, and teacher in Japan. He has taught Screen Stories, First Take, Behind the Screen, Classroom to Screening Room, Experiments in Media, and Reel Change and is the host for Friday Night Films @ the Lab and an instructor in the JBFC’s digital video program for incarcerated youth. He is completing his MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College.
 

Michael C. Williams

Mike is best known for his role in The Blair Witch Project. He can also be seen in such films as The Objective and Altered and has guest-starred on two Law and Order series as well as Without a Trace. He has been teaching acting to youth since 2004. He holds a bachelors degree in theater and has recently completed his masters in school counseling. Mike works as a guidance counselor at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School in Yorktown Heights and teaches Acting for the Camera.

Nancy Woolf

Nancy Woolf, who holds a masters degree in elementary education, volunteered with See Hear Feel Film and Minds in Motion for many years. She has taught See Hear Feel Film since 2009.