Alumni

The following is a list of just some of the talented alumni of Pittsburgh Filmmakers.


Jenn Bastian: Production Designer, Animator, Scenic Artist, Set Dresser

“Pittsburgh Filmmakers teaches the multi-faceted craft of filmmaking. The knowledge gained from their eclectic curriculum, ranging from animation techniques to experimental film theory continues to inspire my work.”

Television:

  • Nickelodeon’s Kablam
  • The Amanda Show
  • Discovery Channel
  • MTV
  • Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Films:

  • Daddy Cool 

 

Vanessa Dominico: Film Distributor

“The faculty and staff [of Pittsburgh Filmmakers] are smart, engaged, creative and very supportive.  Their expertise gave me a thorough knowledge of producing films and was an invaluable professional experience.”

President, Outcast Films

Member, Board of Directors Pittsburgh and NYC LGBT Film Festival


 

Greg Funk: Make-Up and Make-Up FX

“I was fortunate to get involved in the Pittsburgh film circle. There’s a family of film people in Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Filmmakers was my key to that world.”

Films:

Django Unchained, Oz the Great and Powerful, Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter, The Way Back (Academy Award Nominee), Transformers 3, Predators, Star Trek, Frost/Nixon, Transformers 2, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Transformers, Déjà Vu, Poseidon, The Island, The Terminal, The Alamo, Master and Commander, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Blade II, Spawn, The Dark Half, Night of the Living Dead ’90, Two Evil Eyes, Day of the Dead

Television:

Teen Wolf (Season 1), 24 (Final Episode), Rose Red, Six Feet Under (Season 1), The X-Files (Seasons 6 & 7) (Emmy Award Winner – both seasons), Babylon 5 (Seasons 1, 2, and 3) (Emmy Award Winner)


 

Betsy Klompus: Art Director, Designer, and Set Decorator

“The classes that I took at Pittsburgh Filmmakers turned a mild interest in filmmaking into a burning desire to be a part of the world of film. I was taught all the skills that form a base for understanding how a film is put together, so that I could work on a small or large film and know what was going on.”

Films:

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Riding in Cars with Boys
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Kill Your Darlings
  • Paperman
  • The Departed

Television:

  • CSI
  • Law & Order
  • Falcone
  • New York Undercover
  • 100+ television commercials

 

Stashu Kybartas: Video Artist, Director

“My experiences at [Pittsburgh] Filmmakers have had a deep influence on all of my subsequent professional work.”

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Recipient, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholar, University of Michigan Lecturer – Film and Video Studies


 

Greg Mottola: Writer, Director, Actor

“Attending campus movie screenings as a freshman, I became electrified by a kind of cinema that was very different than what I’d seen in my youth. I am forever grateful for the years I spent at Pittsburgh Filmmakers… Pittsburgh Filmmakers impressed upon me the possibility of film as both a tool for personal expression and social consciousness. After graduating I went on to graduate school at Columbia University – which was an excellent program – but in many ways it is my time at Pittsburgh Filmmakers that I think of whenever I’m attempting to push the boundaries of my imagination.”

Films:

  • Daytrippers, Director
  • Official Selection in Critics’ Week/1996 Cannes Festival
  • Award, Toronto Film Festival
  • Grand Prize/Audience Prize, Deauville International Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize, Slam Dance International Film Festival
  • Celebrity (Woody Allen film), Actor
  • Hollywood Ending (Woody Allen film), Actor
  • Adventureland, Writer/Director
  • Superbad, Director

Television:

  • Undeclared
  • Arrested Development
  • Cracking Up
  • The Comeback
  • The Newsroom

 

Matthew Myers: Producer

“Pittsburgh Filmmakers played a very important role in my development as an artist and a professional. The level of commitment to the media arts from faculty and staff could not be higher. This fine organization has a reputation and an established history of support for artists."

Films:

  • Henry Fool
  • The Book of Life
  • Owner of P-Kino Films, NYU Adjunct Professor

 

Jacinta Orlando: Editor, Producer

“I had always loved to watch films, but at Pittsburgh Filmmakers I discovered the fun and challenge of making them.”

Executive Vice President of Creative Advertising at The Weinstein Company

Senior Vice President of Creative Advertising, Miramax Films

Trailers/Commercials:

  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Trainspotting
  • The English Patient
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Frida
  • Chicago
  • Jersey Girl

 

Lucie Rouche: Co-creator, FX Elements, LLC

“As an international student, I found Pittsburgh Filmmakers very welcoming; I loved the atmosphere. I was dreaming of "making movies" but I didn't know how to go about it. At Pittsburgh Filmmakers, for the first time, I could not only learn all about lighting and editing but I could also finally put my hands on a real film camera. Thanks to the support of really knowledgeable, passionate and encouraging teachers, the help of the equipment room guys and my awesome classmates, I made my first short films and that was absolutely thrilling. This experience gave me the confidence to pursue film production studies in the U.S. at the graduate level (FSU), and to work in the industry in Los Angeles. Pittsburgh Filmmakers opened the world of filmmaking to me and I will always be grateful."

Television:

  • The Apprentice
  • Shark Tank
  • The Voice
  • Facebook

 

Paula Connelly Skorka: Executive Producer

“Pittsburgh Filmmakers is where I learned to view life through the lens of a camera and to see a story in almost every situation, enabling me to enter into the film industry. They also ignited my passion for film preservation which I continue to champion.”

Vice President, Viacom D’Antoni Productions

Vice President, AMC Original Programming

Television:

  • Remember WENN
  • The Lot

 

Eric Stein: Film Distribution Executive

"Pittsburgh Filmmakers is where I really began to better understand what was tangibly involved in making a film.  This had incredible impact for me in terms of finding my career path in the film business."

  • Trimark Pictures (Business & Legal Affairs)
  • CinemaNow (Launched online VOD start up)
  • Hewlett Packard - Digital Entertainment Servicing (Licensing, Bus. Dev)
  • Warner Bros. (Former Head of Digital Distribution, Programming & Acquisitions)
  • Guest Lecturer at UCLA and USC Film programs
  • Speaker at Sundance, TIFF, and SXSW festivals
  • Board Member:  Tugg, Cinehost, International Film Festival Summit (IFFS)

 

Enie Vaisburd: Filmmaker

“In many ways Pittsburgh Filmmakers was my first home in the U.S. When I first started taking classes I was an avid film viewer, but Pittsburgh Filmmakers opened the world of filmmaking to me… There was a vigor and enthusiasm among the students and faculty that I still draw inspiration from when I teach my own classes. Most of all, there was a sense of community. Filmmakers was a place where we wanted to be: editing, talking, watching films.”

Instructor, Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon, and Pacific University Adjunct Professor

Films:

  • Walk
  • Agua
  • Unwinding the Thread