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Kanbar Institute of Film & TV, Graduate Division Class Notes

The following is a list of what just some of our graduates have been doing.  If you would like to let your fellow alumni know what you've been up to, be sure to submit your own class note to be published on the web and in the Tisch Newsletter.


Peter Aaron  1971 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Peter Aaron is an architectural photographer. He has worked for Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Charles Gwathmey, Michael Graves and Robert A.M. Stern. In April 2009, he received a Collaborative Achievement award from the American Institute of Architects. His "1858 Italianate house" in Hudson, New York is the focus of a profile in the New York Times.
Mitchell W. Block 1973 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Web Site: www.directcinema.com
Mitchell Block was an executive producer of STEALING AMERICA: VOTE BY VOTE, (www.stealingamericavotebyvote.org). STEALING AMERICA is being released in over 50 markets by Direct Cinema. It opened in NY on August 1st.
Steve Brand 1974 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Web Site: www.prayingwithmylegs.com
Produced "Driven to Despair" for Now on PBS, the premiere episode of "Blueprint America," a public television series on infrastructure, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.(http://www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/driven-to-despair/overview/6/)Producing "Praying With My Legs," a feature-length documentary on the life, thought and transformative impact of the great theologian and human rights activist Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Enrico Coletti 1982 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

Latest Film Production is Abel Ferrara "Go Go Tales", Cannes film festival  2007.

topJoseph Bierman 1985 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Joseph Bierman is now the chair of the Radio, Television and Film Department at Rowan University.  His most recent film "The Open Window" was featured in the 2008 New Jersey International Film Festival at Rutgers University.
Martin Jay Weiss 1987 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Marty Weiss became known for comedic and highly visual storytelling, directing hundreds of national and international television commercials, network image campaigns and promos before segueing into longer form projects. 
Mary Ann Lynch 1987 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
As an independent writer/photographer/media consultant Mary Ann writes for publications including Color Magazine and B&W Magazine; reviews for PhotoLucida/Critical Mass, SPE and other places; and organizes presentations and exhibits for Not for Profit Photography Network, which she founded in 1998. She's one of 3 featured photographers in the anthology "Big Island Journey" (Mutual Publishing Oct 2009); has photographs and text in "Formats of Transformation/Identity", at the Brno House of Arts, Czech Republic (Nov 17-January 10 2010), traveling to Museum auf Abruf, Vienna. She recently won 9 honors in the 2009 Lucie/International Photography Awards.
Amy Lerner-Maddox 1992 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Web Site: www.pudc.tv
Former Chair of the Film and Television Department, Savannah College of Art and DesignWeb-TV Series, "Pineapple Upside-Down Cake" at www.pudc.tv
Jim Jarmusch  1992 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Jim Jarmusch's tenth feature film, The Limits of Control, opens on Friday, May 1 in New York and Los Angeles. The New York Times writes, "In keeping with his fondness for repetition and episodic structures, The Limits of Control takes shape as a series of interactions and transactions. The lone man runs into a series of colorful types (Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Gael García Bernal, Bill Murray, and others, making the most of minimal screen time), most of them envoys of a sort, who dispense gnomic instructions and presumably less pertinent ruminations."
topTobe Roberts 1996 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Web Site: www.cinemawithoutborders.com
East Coast Editor for Cinema Without Borders Webzine
Brin Hill 2000 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Brin wrote and Directed the coming-of-age basketball drama “Ball Don’t Lie” releasing in theaters June 5th, 2009. It stars Grayson "The Professor" Boucher, Nick Cannon, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Melissa Leo, Rosanna Arquette, Harold Perrineau, Emilie de Raven and others.
Sam Zalutsky 2000 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Sam recently created a video for fashion designer Lewis Cho, directed a comedy, THE JUNGLE FUN ROOM, at the New York Fringe Festival, and completed a full-length play, 40 WEEKS. His first feature film, YOU BELONG TO ME, is now out on PPV, DVD, and Logo, as well as out on DVD in France, Germany, Australia, and the UK.
Mark Jackson 2006 Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Clive J. Davis Foundation Award - 2005 Winner of 5 NYU Craft Awards - First Run 2008. NIGHT FALLS FAST (Directing, Cinematography, Original Score, Producing, Acting) 2007 Winner Best Short Film, NIGHT FALLS FAST - Philadelphia Internatlonal Film Festival.