Studio A is a GMU-TV/FAVS-produced interview show hosted by Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
The guest filmmakers come to Mason to talk to students about their professional work. Past guests include director Ron Maxwell (Gods and Generals), location manager Peggy Pridemore (Wedding Crashers and Forest Gump), creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival Jonathan Gann, and senior sound editor Mark Stoeckinger (Star Trek and Mission Impossible II and III).
Students interact with the guests during the show and at the reception. The FAVS program strongly believes meeting and working with film professionals is imperative to success in the industry.
To watch past Studio A shows, go to vimeo.com/channels/studioa.
Cheryl Furjanic - Director, Back on Board: Greg Louganis
Spotlight on the Washington West Film Festival
Lyric R. Cabral - Director, (T)Error
Lisa Thrasher, Producer
Bryan Reichhardt , Washington West Film Festival
Darius Clarke Monroe, Director/Producer
Jean-Paul Chreky– Script Supervisor, "Return to Sender" (2014), "Squirrels to the Nuts" (2014), "Are We Officially Dating?" (2014), "Every Secret Thing" (2013), "A Case of You" (2013)
Show to film September 13
Melissa Bisagni – Film and Video Center Program Manager at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
Actress, "Loves Her Gun" (2013), "Medicine for Melancholy" (2008).
Production Designer, "Alone at Last" (2006)
Show to film November 1
Shanti Thakur – Director, "Red Tulips: A Story About Forgetting" (2012), "Sky People" (2008), "Kairos" (2003), "Seven Hours to Burn" (2000)
Show to film November 22
Eduardo Sanchez – Director, "Blair Witch Project"
Otessa Ghader – Producer, director, writer "Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden" - Top 10 Webisodes
Jeffrey Cooper - Founder and President at Cut Entertainment Group - international medial sales and distribution agency
Thomas Kaufman – Cinematographer, "Fahrenheit 9/11," "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," "Countdown to Zero"
Dennis Boni – Videographer
Diane Raver – Film Producer/Festival Director
Joseph Hall – Producer, Director,Writer
Catherine Wyler – Film Festival Manager
Andrew Simpson – Silent film composer
Michael Kang – Writer/Director
Lyn Vaus – Film producer, screenwriter
Mike Walter – Producer, Breaking News, Breaking Down
Dionne Audain – Actor, The Wire and Law & Order: SVU
Eric Espejo – VP of Virginia based 19th & Wilson
Tanner Cooley – Producer/actor Ghosts Don’t Exist
Patricia Doherty Hess – Unit production manager for Night at the Museum
Ron Newcomb– Founder, Fellowship of Christian Filmmakers
Michael Gabel – Washington D.C. based actor
Roshini Thinakaran – Filmmaker, National Geographic
Craig Maniglia – Vice President, MVI Post Inc
Angel M. Sepulveda– Assistant director
Christian D’Andrea– Documentary filmmaker working with the military
Robert L. Henninger – President Henninger Media Services, Inc.
Ted Leonsis – Producer of Nanking
Aviva Kempner – Filmmaker including The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Meghan Reese - Producer, Megalomedia
Philip Strub - Director of Entertainment, Department of Defense
Giovanna Chesler - Documentary filmmaker
Andrea Keating - Owner/Founder, Crews Control and TeamPeople
Lance Kramer - Executive Director, Meridian Hill Pictures
Erin Essenmacher - President of Women in Film and Video
Daniel Patterson - Cinematographer ("Gunhill Road", "Newleyweeds", "Out in the Night", "The Sweet Blood of Jesus")
Mark Ruppert - Executive Producer and Creator of the "48 hour Film Festival"
Tai Lavin Burkholder – Producer of "That's What She Said" starring Anne Heche
Jamie Nash - Scriptwriter for "Altered"
Kathryn O’Sullivan and Paul Awad - Creators of Thurston Productions, The Western Web Series
Tim Gordon – Washington Area Film Critic Mimi
Mimi Machado-Luces – Documentary Filmmaker
Aaron Peters – Producer/Writer Tom Green Show, My Big Fat Greek Life
Mark Peterson – Director/Cinematographer
John Kelly – Production Assistant, Law and Order
Kathleen Jones – National Geographic freelance producer
Kevin McCarthy – Fox Movie critic
Michael Pack – Producer-Director
Anne Hornaday – Washington Post Film Critic
Marc Stoeckinger – Sound Editor, Star Trek
Megan Holley – Scriptwriter, Sunshine Cleaning
Estel Dillon – NBC News Videographer.
Jonathan Gann – Director, DC Shorts Film Festival
Eric Weissmann – Lawyer and Hollywood agent
Cuong LeNguyen – Freelance Producer/Director/ Senior Motion Graphics Designer
Marc Lieberman – Producer, Onion News Network
Peggy Pridemore – Location manager for films in the Washington D.C. metro area
Marshall Herskovitz – Creator of Thirty Something, and My So-Called Life
Sarah Stein – Academy Award winning documentary editor and director
Rita D. McClenny – Director, Virginia Film office
Ron F. Maxwell – Actor, writer, producer, director
Holly and Paul Fine – Husband/wife team of documentary producer/directors