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MDOCS draws from Skidmore's faculty and staff along with documentary practitioners to deliver courses in documentary traditions, theory and methods.

Cecilia Aldarondo (MDOCS/English): Documentary film 

Cecilia AldarondoCecilia Aldarondo obtained her M.A. in contemporary art theory from Goldsmiths College and her Ph.D. in comparative studies in discourse and society from the University of Minnesota. Her personal documentary Memories of a Penitent Heart has been supported by grants and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Sundance Institute, Time Warner Foundation, Firelight Media and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. In 2015 Memories was selected for IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs as well as Sundance Institute’s Edit and Story Lab. She recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Skidmore College and has been named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of 2015’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

Ian Berry (Dayton Director, Tang Teaching Museum): Gallery curation and museum exhibition

Ian BerryIan Berry is Dayton Director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Berry has organized more than 90 museum exhibitions, including interdisciplinary collaborations on subjects from the Hudson River to Shaker furniture, and monographic exhibitions with artists such as Terry Adkins, Nicole Eisenman, Nancy Grossman, Jim Hodges, Nina Katchadourian, Corita Kent, Nicholas Krushenick, Shahzia Sikander, Amy Sillman, Fred Tomaselli and Kara Walker.

Berry received his M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 1998 and served as assistant curator at the Williams College Museum of Art before coming to Skidmore in 2000. In his role as professor of liberal arts, he teaches the art history seminar "Inside the Museum" and is a frequent guest speaker for a wide variety of academic departments. Berry is also the author and editor of many volumes devoted to contemporary art practice.

From 2006 to 2012 Berry served as consulting director of the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College and in 2009–10 was the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay University. He serves on the Saratoga Springs Arts Commission, has chaired the Visual Arts Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts and serves on several advisory committees for regional and national arts organizations.

Nicole Coady: Screenwriting

With more than 20 years of screenwriting experience, Nicole Coady has written for such companies as MTV, Nicole CoadyNew Line Cinema and 20th Century Fox. In addition, she authored two video games for the top-selling toy company MGA. Currently she is in preproduction on the feature film The Twelve Dancing Princesses. She is very excited to pass on her years of industry knowledge on how to write successfully for the screen.


Jordana Dym (History): Principles of documentary and archival storytelling

Jordana DymJordana Dym is the inaugural director of MDOCS and the Storytellers' Institute (2015–16)  and a professor of history whose research and teaching interests include Latin America, the history of cartography and public history, with an interest in archival storytelling. She has organized archive-based exhibits and websites working with student collaborators, including an exhibit of declarations of independence in Mexico's national archives (2010) and a Saratoga Springs map exhibit in partnership with the Saratoga Springs History Museum, Public Library and City Historian's Office (2015). In addition to spearheading a public history initiative in Skidmore's History Department, she shepherded the creation of the Latin American Studies Minor program (2002, director 2007–11) and helped organize the 2004 Skidmore-Saratoga Springs Film Forum Haiti film festival, which hosted leading writers and filmmakers on campus. Her publications include From Sovereign Villages to National States: City, State and Federation in Central America, 1759–1839 (2006), an exhibit catalog, Declarando Independencias (Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico, 2010) and five edited volumes, including Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader (with K. Offen, 2011) and organized a 2012 virtual "cartographic conversation" for the John Carter Brown Library (2012). A recipient of several major research grants, including from the NEH (2003–04) and John Carter Brown Library (2012), she spent 2013–14 as a Humanities Writ Large Fellow at Duke University, working on The World Displayed: Western Travelers' Cartography, 1450–1930 and exploring digital humanities and documentary studies initiatives.

Sarah Friedland (Storytellers' Institute Director, MDOCS): Documentary film and installation

Sarah FriedlandSarah Friedland received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and the International School of Film and Television in Cuba and her M.F.A. from the Integrated Media Art Program at Hunter College. Her documentary films and installations are concerned with personal stories that reveal larger histories and intricacies about place and society. Friedland’s works with Esy Casey have screened widely in the U.S. and abroad and have been supported by grants from the Jerome Foundation, Paul Newman Foundation, William H. Prusoff Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation, Ford Foundation and Center for Asian American Media. In 2009, after the debut of her feature documentary Thing With No Name, she was named one of the “Top 10 Independent Filmmakers to Watch” by Independent Magazine. She is a recipient of the 2014 Paul Robeson award from the Newark Museum for her feature documentary The Rink, which is slated to air on PBS (WNET/NJTV) in fall 2016. Her recent documentary Jeepney (2015), which she produced with its director Esy Casey, was broadcast on PBS (World Channel). She is currently co-directing the feature documentary Lyd in Exile with Rami Younis. She has received residencies and fellowships from the Center of Contemporary Art in Pont-Aven, LABA House of Study, MacDowell Colony and Meerkat Media.

Paul Hembree: Interactive media and experimental music

Paul HembreePaul Hembree is active as a composer, creative technologist and educator, working in the borderlands between experimental music and interactive media. His recent projects include the score and sound design for Goodnight Traffic City (2017), a game by developer Loren Schmidt and artist Kia Labeija, and Cerebral Hyphomycosis (2016), a duo for real and virtual cellists, premiered by T.J. Borden. His audiovisual improvisation environment, Apocryphal Chrysopoeia (2016), was featured at National Sawdust on the 2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival as part of the New York Philharmonic's biennial celebrations. As a computer musician he has collaborated with many prominent performers of new music, including the JACK Quartet, Irvine Arditti, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, and the Callithumpian Consort, on compositions by Pauline Oliveros, Brian Ferneyhough, Kaija Saariaho and Roger Reynolds, among others. He has a Ph.D. in music, specializing in composition and computer music, from the University of California.

Vickie Riley (Videography and Digital Resources, Communications): Filmmaking

Vickie RileyVickie Riley is a storyteller at heart. An Emmy-nominated producer, she found her way to filmmaking through photography, where she was inspired to put sound to visual imagery. She has been making films ever since. After receiving her master's degree in film and video from Columbia College in Chicago, she began her career editing in Chicago's advertising industry. She was soon producing and directing award-winning documentaries for television. A part of the Skidmore Office of Communications and Marketing, Vickie currently has the pleasure of producing videos telling Skidmore's story.

Ron Taylor (Operations Coordinator, Media Services): Film and Photography

Ron TaylorRon Taylor is a filmmaker and photographer who has worked in the commercial film and documentary industry with many different production houses, including the Maysles in New York City. A graduate of and former teaching assistant at Syracuse University's Newhouse TV and film program, Ron's work includes commercial films and short films appearing in various festivals and gallery shows. Galleries and festivals in New York include Cheim & Read, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., CRG Gallery, Upstate Independents, Lake Placid Film Festival and Tribecca Film Festival. For a number of years he taught digital filmmaking in the Skidmore Summer Art Program and is currently with Media Services. 

Adam Tinkle (MDOCS/Media & Film Studies): Audio documentary and sound creation

Adam TinkleAdam Tinkle creates, teaches and writes about music, sound, media and performance. At the center of Adam's work are strategies for artistic engagement, interactivity and pedagogy that draw on experimental music. In 2010, he co-founded the Universal Language Orchestra, a group of elementary-aged novice musicians that composed, improvised and built their own instruments. He subsequently created several similarly path-breaking arts education programs across San Diego County, where his collaborations with his students and his audience-participatory works were shown at the Birch Aquarium, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Old Globe Theatre and Institute of Perception. Before moving to Skidmore in 2014 he was a founding broadcaster on KNSJ 89.1 FM, San Diego's first community radio station, where he led community workshops on radio-making and produced a weekly crowdsourced music and documentary program. His award-winning solo performance A Mess of Things merges radio documentary with songs and video art. In May 2014 his interactive sound sculpture the Shantytown Scrapblaster was permanently installed at the Media Arts Center San Diego. For More:,

Marc Woodworth (MDOCS/English):Writing and interview

Marc WoodworthMarc Woodworth is the associate editor of Salmagundi Magazine, assistant director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute and author of a book of poems titled Arcade. His other books include Guided By Voices’ Bee Thousand, a volume in the 33 1/3 series on seminal albums, and Solo: Women Singer-Songwriters. How To Write About Music, a textbook and anthology he co-edited, was recently published by Bloomsbury. He teaches in the English Department and for the MDOCs Program at Skidmore College.