A program of
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Pittsburgh Center
for the Arts

media arts lab


Susan Howard - Director, Media Arts Lab (B.A. Pennsylvania State University) has taught filmmaking at Pittsburgh Filmmakers since 1988. She works as an editor on independent films, and for its last 12 seasons she was the editor of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, a nationally broadcast children’s television program on PBS. She is the co-author of the widely distributed textbook, Shot By Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking.

Gordon Nelson - Senior Instructor, Media Arts Lab An independent filmmaker whose films and videos have screened locally, regionally and as far away as New Zealand.
He is currently the Senior Instructor at Filmmakers at the Center and holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. He is also the former program Coordinator for the department of Film and Video at the Carnegie Museum of Art. BFA Film, Edinboro University.

Olivia Ciummo- Instructor Received her BFA in film and video production at Point Park College. She has exhibited her short films and videos nationally and internationally, including PDX (Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival). She has served as program assistant with EXiS (Experiemental Film and Video Fest in Seoul Korea) and has currated experimental media shows featuring media artists from Korea, Japan and the US.

Michael Johnsen - Instructor is the co-founder of the influential 1993 Orgone Cinema, he has been a consistant advocate for sincere and truly independent media culture since the late 80's. He has shown films and performed locally and internationally in backyards and museums. His current work concerns the design of electronic adio devices for live perfomance.

Andrew Pavlick - Instructor is a regional digital artist and is the founder of the In-Motion Project, which provides workshops, classes, and learning material in the digital arts.
His work focuses both on creating static imagery and time based pieces on computers. His work has exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art where he showed as a regional digital photographer. BFA, Digital Arts, Bowling Green University.

Randy Collins - InstructorRandy entered the world of photography through filmmaking.  His photography, heavily influenced by the work of cinematographers, is documentary, personal, intuitive, and intentional, with an inclination towards shooting at night.  A sample of his work can be seen at www.randyscollins.com.  Randy has been teaching both traditional and digital photography at the PCA since 2005.

Betsy van den Blink - Instructor is a graduate of George Mason University with a BA in Art & Visual Technology. She worked as a photo intern for the Smithsonian National Postal museum, and her images are published on their website, "Arago". She also worked as an intern for the photo editor of the Star-Gazette newspaper (Elmira, NY), and had several images published. She currently works as the PCA Registrar.