Sandscribe has had the privilege to work with these guest faculty and filmmakers.
STEPHEN GREENWALD has worked in the motion picture and related media industries for over 30 years as attorney, financier, corporate executive, producer and valuation consultant. He served as chairman, president and CEO of Delaurentis Entertainment Group, and CEO of Odyssey Pictures and Vision International. He has consulted for banks and film libraries around the world. Stephen lectures on film financing, distribution and the media and entertainment industry. (Cardozo School of Law, Metropolitan College of New York, the College of Management Law School in Israel.) Since 2012 Stephen has served as the Director of Film and Media at Wagner College in Staten Island. Greenwald took part in Sandscribe’s December 2013 symposium. Since then, he has consulted for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism about its emergent film industry. Greenwald and Paula Landry co-authored This Business of Film (Random House, February, 2009).
DR. STEVEN THOMAS is a professor of English at Wagner College, New York. He has published scholarly work on diverse topics including eighteenth-century poetry, contemporary film, and globalization theory. (Eg.: CineAction, Ogina, et al) His conference presentation, “The Circum-Atlantic Surrogation of Ethiopia in the London Public Sphere” won an award from the Society of Early Americanists in 2015. He has consulted for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism about its emergent film industry. His Wagner class, “Pirates, Puritans and the Revolutionary Atlantic World” won an award for “innovative course design” from the American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. His work with Sandscribe has led to partnerships with Wagner College on film and media that connect students in New York to students in Addis Ababa and facilitate the international exchange of ideas.
JENNIFER DWORKIN is a documentary director and producer whose first feature, Love & Diane, screened at festivals around the world including New York Film Festival, Sundance, IDFA, San Francisco, Full Frame and Locarno festival. The film was awarded the Golden Leopard at Locarno, Truer Than Fiction Indie Spirit Award, Best Film, One World Festival and other awards. In December 2013, Jennifer traveled to Ethiopia with Wagner College professors, Steven Thomas and Stephen Greenwald, to instruct Sandscribe students on documentary filmmaking at the Rift Valley University campus.
LUCY GEBRE-EGZIABHER is an award-winning filmmaker and educator who lectures on film studies and delivers film-production workshops in the US and abroad. Born in Cairo and raised in Ethiopia, she came to America and earned her MFA from Howard University. She teaches at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus. Lucy was selected for a Fulbright Specialist Program and taught our Sandscribe students at Rift Valley University in the fall of 2015. Lucy is the founder of Teret Productions. Her films and videos have won several awards, including UNESCO’s Prix de Tolerance for At The Second Traffic Light.
BURNS FORSYTHE has worked domestically and internationally as a cinematographer and gaffer. He has done projects ranging from dramatic narratives to documentaries on homelessness, political dissidence and immigration reform. Burns earned his MFA in film from Howard University and has taught classes in cinematography and lighting design. Mr. Forsythe currently resides in New York City and is actively involved in arts advocacy. He has worked with Sandscribe on its curriculum guide and matriculation model, as well as small production projects both in Ethiopia and Washington DC.
ALESSANDRO JEDLOWSKI, PhD, is a researcher and a consultant in contemporary African media and cinema. He holds a post-doctoral research position at the Institute for Human and Social Sciences of the University of Liege (Belgium) and is a member of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Africa at the University of Naples L’Orientale (Italy). He has worked with the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and the University of Paris: Saint Denis. Alessandro has produced and directed documentaries and published widely on issues related to film production in Africa and among Africans in the diaspora. He has also consulted for the UNESCO/UNDP 2013 report on Creative Economies and the African Documentary Film Foundation Report. Alessandro took part in Sandscribe’s December 2013 symposium in Addis Ababa.
DAVID KIANG is a director, cinematographer, and editor. He received his MFA in film production from USC where his thesis film, Tunnel Vision, won a Student Film Award from the Directors Guild of America. After USC, David has shot, written, produced, edited, and directed short films as well as in the industry as a 2nd unit cinematographer, grip / electric, and assistant cameraman. Part of the generation that saw thel transition from film to digital, David has shot on 35mm film, Super 16mm and segued into the digital HD / 4K (and beyond) acquisition formats on the RED and ARRI Alexa cameras. He taught sound as a faculty member at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. In addition, he helped form a film finance company, Momentum Entertainment Inc. as well as a non-profit faith-based production company, Red Field Media, developing a slate of films with both. In 2012, David went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a team of filmmakers to instruct students at a workshop organized by Sandscribe Communications and the newly founded media production program on the Mekane Yesus Seminary campus. Currently, David has been working with a startup internet network shooting and editing narrative shorts.
GUY MOON: Mischievous wit and wondrous wackiness, Moon distills an encyclopedic repertoire of musical knowledge into an audacious sonic palette, as evidenced in his scoring for Nickelodeon comedies such as T.U.F.F. Puppy, Big Time Rush and the Fairly Odd Parents. Moon was honored with a 2010 Annie Award for Music in a TV production). “In high school I was voted Class Clown an received the John Philip Sousa band award. This comes naturally to me, to be funny with music.” Moon has scored feature films and TV dramas. For the past 15 years, he has collaborated with Emmy-winning writer/producer/director Butch Hartman on Danny Phantom, Jimmy Neutron, Cow & Chicken and Johnny Bravo. “When you absorb music at an early age it implants into your brain. By the time I left college there was nothing I missed. That’s why it is easy to take direction, a mood and a reference point, and turn it into music. Everything is permanently engrained.”
DERRICK WARFEL is the award-winning, writer-director-producer of the feature Midnight Reckoning. He is currently co-producing a racing feature film shooting in the Middle East. He worked in development on a film soon to be distributed by Paramount Pictures. He’s writing a feature that he will direct and produce next year, working as a developing producer for Ken Wales (Amazing Grace, Christy, Pink Panther), and Bruce D. Johnson (Porchlight Pictures). Warfel sat on the board of the 168 Film Festival and has taught producing and screenwriting in the Los Angeles area. He is a graduate of the Warner Brothers’ Writer’s Workshop, University of Southern California Film School, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Princeton University.