Board Member, BMFI
Alice Bullitt has been with Bryn Mawr Film Institute since July 2005, first as programming manager, then as a programming consultant, and currently as a member of the board. Throughout this time, she has also been an instructor in BMFI's education program. She received a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2002, and an M.A. in English Literature and Film Studies from California's Claremont Graduate University in 2005.
Alice previously curated BMFI's repertory program comprised of retrospective film series on specific subjects and directors, film festival screenings, and one-time screenings of new releases with filmmaker Q&A, and continues to develop other culturally stimulating events. Alice has also taught such classes as From Page to Screen: The Literary Adaptation, Adapting Jane: Austen on Screen, and the Summer Classics Seminar: All About Eve.
Alice's special areas of interest include melodrama, feminist criticism, and adaptation theory, and she is a great admirer of the work of Brian De Palma and Judd Apatow.
Discussion Moderator, BMFI
Lisa DeNight graduated with a B.A. in French and film studies from West Chester University and has been with Bryn Mawr Film Institute since 2008 as a moderator for special event film screenings and monthly discussion series, and as an instructor of Summer Classics Seminars on films such as The Innocents and Gaslight. Additionally, she has taught numerous film courses through the James H. Groves School in Delaware. She loves a good New Wave, especially French, American and Czech. Other areas of cinematic interest include film noir and the oeuvre of Paul Thomas Anderson. One of her most treasured recollections is a brief but memorable chat with Agnès Varda.
Director of Education, BMFI
Andrew J. Douglas is the director of education at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, having joined the organization in July 2005, four months after its opening. Since that time, the institute has offered more than 150 distinct classes, seminars, and discussion series, and the film studies curriculum has grown to offer more than thirty classes to over 1,000 students each year. In addition, Andrew shepherds BMFI's ongoing relationships with its Community Partners, oversees the third-grade visual literacy and arts education program, See Hear Feel Film, and supervises the annual Summer Filmmaking Workshop. Andrew also educates thousands of students about film each year through campus and classroom visits, and during field trips to BMFI, and presents film lectures and programs to thousands of adults at a range of institutions and organizations in the region.
Andrew earned his B.A. from Brandeis University, where he majored in American Studies and completed the Film Studies and Journalism Programs. He spent the next year in New York City, working as a film critic, before heading to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his M.A. in Communication Studies. Following a position there as a visiting lecturer, Andrew went to Northwestern University, where he received a Ph.D. from the Department of Radio/Television/Film. His areas of focus were American film history, film theory, and genre theory.
In addition to teaching at UNC and Northwestern, Andrew has been a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College in Washington and a member of the adjunct faculty at Dominican University outside of Chicago. Locally, he has been a lecturer in the Department of English at Cabrini College and in the Film Studies Program at Ursinus College. Some of the subjects he has taught include Film Criticism, Film History, Screenwriting, Media Criticism, Film and Popular Culture, Television Culture, and Gender and Media.
Andrew has presented papers at the annual conferences of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and the International Association of Media and History, and has given presentations about film education at the Art House Convergence. In addition, he has written for The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, The Business History Review, Film International, and Jump Cut, has discussed film during several radio and television appearances, and has been interviewed for articles in Film Comment, Philly Voice, and other publications.
Andrew has spoken at a number of institutions of higher education, including Bryn Mawr College, Penn State, Muhlenberg College, Johns Hopkins University, and Yale University. He has also been invited to give talks before a number of Philadelphia's artistic and cultural organizations, including the Violette de Mazia Foundation, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition, he teaches two classes each year in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Andrew greatly enjoys the films of Alfred Hitchcock, David Fincher, David Mamet, and Michael Mann, and counts among his all-time favorites The Awful Truth (1937), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Untouchables (1987), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Fugitive (1993), and The Social Network (2010). He has held a real Oscar, been used as an excuse for his grandmother to meet Robert Redford, and was dressed down by Harrison Ford, whom Andrew still thinks is America's greatest living movie star.
Instructor, Summer Filmmaking Workshop
Christian Fusco received his Bachelor of Science in Special Education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After working in the public school systems in Virginia Beach and Chicago, he returned to Philadelphia where he attended Temple University and studied Film and Media Arts at the Annenberg School of Communication. He is currently working on a Masters' degree in Educational Administration at the University of Scranton.
Christian has instructed high school students in the craft of filmmaking for over ten years, and has produced over forty short films in that time. His students' films have debuted in film festivals all over North America including Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Currently, Christian instructs high school students in the Summer Filmmaking Workshop at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. He has been with the program since its inception in 2008.
Associate Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Intellectual Heritage,
Maurizio Giammarco received his M.A. in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English from Temple University and has taught at the university for eighteen years. From 2005-2007 he taught drama, acting, rehearsal and production, and writing at Rosemont College, where he was also the theater program director. During his tenure there, he produced the one-act play festival and directed the school's annual spring production. From 2007-2009, in addition to teaching at Temple University as a full-time lecturer in the Intellectual Heritage Program, he was a visiting professor at Haverford College, where he taught introductory and advanced courses in fiction writing, as well as classes in screenwriting, terrorism in international film, and food and society.
His articles, theater and film reviews have appeared in The Temple News, Reel Visions, City Weekly Paper, and The Journal of Modern Literature. He has been a judge for the Philadelphia Writers' Conference for the last seven years, in which he has evaluated manuscripts for the Playwriting and Screen/Scriptwriting, Novel, and Non-Fiction categories.
Maurizio has written and directed short films, both fiction and documentary, which have been shown at university festivals, as well as in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Italy, and Sicily. In 1994, he received an award from the Hunger Task Force of the Diocese of New Jersey for his documentary on hunger, a work distributed and shown throughout the Garden State. Maurizio has also composed music for a number of his films.
Producer, 30th Street Entertainment
Andrew M. Karasik is an award-winning producer of independent films and television. In 2008, he founded 30th Street Entertainment, Inc. Under his leadership 30th Street Entertainment has grown into a regional powerhouse for independent cinema and television. Andrew remains a unique kind of producer, often taking an active role in advising the creative process, while allowing the creative team the freedom to tell a story in their own unique way. A graduate of Penn State University's film & video program, Andrew has worked in almost every position in film and television in practically every region of the country.
Film Critic and Author
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Author and Screenwriter
Martin Leicht currently leads the introductory and intermediate screenwriting workshops offered at the BMFI. He received his B.A. in Film from Vassar College in 2001 and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU in 2008. He has published three novels, Mothership, A Stranger Thing, and The World Forgot, which he co-wrote with his wife. Martin's favorite movies were made in the 70s and his least favorite were made by the same filmmakers 20-30 years later. He has a fondness for John Ford, but like most people readily acknowledges that The Searchers would be better if there were vampires in it.
Author and Film Critic
Christopher Long received his M.F.A. in Screenwriting and M.A. in Film Studies at Chapman University in Orange, CA. He works as a freelance film critic and has written for Cineaste magazine, the former DVDTown.com, and anyone else who will pay or, in most cases, not pay. He has a keen interest in the New German Cinema, Stanley Kubrick, documentary theory, and structuralist cinema. He has watched 2001: A Space Odyssey more than 50 times and almost has it figured out now.
Master Teacher, See · Hear · Feel · Film
Carol Macatee received her B.S. in Secondary English and her Master of Education degree from West Chester University, and taught in area public and private schools for nearly twenty years. In addition, she was awarded two grants to study at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and an Eisenhower grant to study the watershed area along Valley Creek in Valley Forge Park. She has also been involved in judging high school literary magazines for the National Council of Teachers of English. More recently, she has turned to her more creative side working with her husband in their small business, J & C Renovations and Decorating. In addition, she greatly values her ongoing opportunity to direct Vacation Bible School for her church.
Carol has enjoyed her work with See · Hear · Feel · Film since it began at BMFI in 2005 because, as she explains, "the program is exciting and rewarding to teach. Not only is it an innovative educational experience for the children, but each class brings with it its own dynamics, keeping all of the adults involved on their toes."
Associate Professor of Media & Communication and Director of Film Studies, Muhlenberg College
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Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology, Cabrini University.
Andrew Owen received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Bangor University, Great Britain, and is a fulltime
faculty member of the Sociology and Criminology Department at Cabrini University.
Andrew's main areas of interest relate to the social history of censorship within popular culture; analyzing areas related to propaganda, horror, and the societal and cultural dynamics of censorship discourse and practice. Andrew is also interested in the study of humor, especially as it pertains to its usage by subordinated social groups to attack, challenge, or draw attention to the oppressive ideologies and practices of the dominant social group.
Andrew has presented on the topic of film in a number of conferences in countries such as Great Britain, Norway, and China, as well as throughout the United States.
Director of Programming, BMFI
Valerie Temple, Director of Programming, has been with BMFI since December 2008. In 2003, she received a B.A. in Studio Art and Drama from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and in 2008, an M.F.A. in Film Production from Boston University.
Among her many duties at BMFI, Valerie programs the Institute's Cinema Select screening series, a mid-week film program comprised of retrospective film series on specific subjects and directors, film festival screenings, film lectures, one-time screenings of new releases with filmmaker Q&As, and many other culturally stimulating events. In addition, Valerie serves as a guest moderator for BMFI's Film History Discussion series.
Valerie's special areas of interest are as eclectic as she is, and include documentaries, musicals, screwball comedies, lowbrow comedies, and science fiction films. She is also a fan of the films of David Cronenberg, Billy Wilder, and the Maysles Brothers.
Modern Languages Department, Widener University
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Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Honors Program, Cabrini University
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