Faculty

John Cantine
M.F.A. Film Production, Ohio University, B.F.A. Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University. 
John Cantine is an Associate Professor at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. He is also coauthor of the filmmaking textbook, Shot By Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking, a freelance video editor and script consultant, and an independent film and video artist. His videos and current class information can be found at johncantine.com.
 
Barry Howell
M.A., University of Pittsburgh.
Barry Howell teaches courses on film analysis, politics and film, television analysis, and writing about film at the University of Pittsburgh; is an editorial assistant for an internationally acclaimed syndicated cartoonist and participated in conceptual arts projects with the multimedia arts group Bewegung Nurr, based in Berlin and Dresden, Germany.
 
Brady Lewis
B.F.A., Film and Television, New York University.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Director of Education, Brady Lewis is a two time NEA Fellow; seven time Mid-Atlantic Fellow; panelist for several state and regional Arts Councils and the NEA; independent producer of motion picture optical effects; co-author of Shot By Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking; and internationally exhibited award-winning short and feature filmmaker.
 
Jeff Monahan
Jeff Monahan is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Actor’s Equity, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.  He is also a screenwriter (Hits with Martin Sheen and Spree with Michael Ironside) and professional actor, (Lone StarBruiserTarget Earth).  He is also an Instructor at New York University and Carnegie Mellon University.
 
Ross Nugent
MFA, Film Production, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; BA, Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Moving image artist creating experimental, observational documentary and expanded cinema works; screened at festivals nationally and internationally. Has worked extensively in independent film/video exhibition. Currently advisor for and MONO NO AWARE (NYC), a film exhibition and education group. Teaches both film/video production and history courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
 
Claude O'Steen
M.F.A Tisch School of the Arts Asia, NYU.
Claude is a Narrative Film Director who shot his first feature at the age of 25 which garnered him a seat at NYU’s MFA program. After graduating from Tisch he worked in Asia on commercials for Ogilvy and Mather.  He shot the ‘Sharing Can’ spot for Coca-Cola as a cinematographer and it won a Golden Lion at Cannes Film festival 2013.  As a Director, his latest released film ‘Nie,’ screened internationally at ICAPFF in Istanbul, Turkey 2013. 
 
Mary Rawson
M.F.A. Theatre Arts: Acting, Point Park University.
Independent filmmaker and Emmy award-winner, Mary Rawson is has been a writer/producer of dramas and documentaries shown on PBS and A&E as well as a film, television, and stage actor.  She has been an improv performer, broadcast coach, member of Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company, and Cousin Mary on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  She is the proud member of AFTRA, EQUITY and SAG.
 
Robert Rutkowski
B.S., Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 
Robert Rutkowski is a writer, producer and director who operates a Pittsburgh-based film and video production company, The Magic Lantern, which specializes in producing audio/visual programs for business, industry and museums, as well as the design, installation and production of 4D theaters that include Dolby Surround Sound, multiple projection screens and special effects such as water sprays, vibrating seating and theatrical lighting.  He began his career as a director in the U.S. Army where he served with the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam.  After spending several years producing TV commercials, he joined George Romero’s company, The Latent Image, where he was responsible for pre and postproduction on feature films such as Hungry Wives and Crazies
 
Ivette Spradlin
M.F.A., Photography, Tyler School of Art.
Ivette Spradlin has concentrated on photographing the people of different subcultures and their environs, from punks to skateboarders to Cuban exiles in the United States. She has shown her work nationally and internationally and has taught photography and digital art at colleges and universities in and around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
 
Brian Staszel
B.F.A., Film and Television, New York University. 
Independent writer/director and award-winning filmmaker, Brian Staszel is also an interactive multimedia designer and videographer for Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute.
 
Will Zavala
MA, Stanford University.
Will Zavala is a media producer & freelancer specializing in documentaries; works with business and institutional clients, has credits on productions for ITVS, PBS, MTV, and HBO.  He is also a film/video artist who has exhibited in festivals nationally, internationally and on public television.