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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. Spring 2020 Faculty are listed below...

Julie Casper RothJulie Casper Roth is a documentary filmmaker and storyteller interested in the unseen and ignored. Her work has been screened nationally and internationally at film festivals, on television, and in galleries. She's a two-time finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Video, and a recipient of the College Art Association's Professional Development Award. She's a graduate of Smith College and holds an MFA from the University at Albany. (Fa19 courses: Documentary Storytelling; Doc Film Prod: Form and Content)

Jordana DymJordana Dym is Professor of History with research and teaching interests including Latin America, the history of cartography, book history and public history. She joined the Skidmore faculty in 2000 after undergraduate studies in History that took her to Russia and France, a stint in the Foreign Service that expanded her horizons to Central America and North Africa, and graduate studies at New York University. She teaches a Latin American survey, regional courses on Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, and topics courses on the history of travel and travel writing, war and peace, maps, and publics. Engaging with written, visual and aural sources, her classes encourage students to present findings in papers, newspaper article, sound stories, websites and exhibits. She supervises International Affairs majors, offers a first-year seminar on maps in the world, and enjoys sharing her love of travel with students on campus and on travel programs in France, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. She directs the Latin American Studies minor program, and was the inaugural director of the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) (2014-2018), developing the DocLab, Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project and Storytellers' Institute. (Fa19 DS course: Oral History)

Sarah Friedland

Sarah 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. See full bio.

Liv McKee

Olivia McKee is a performing artist based in Troy, NY, and a core organizer of Albany's CapCity Slam. As a lifelong poet, musician, and dancer, she is passionate about the ways art and somatic healing can improve our lives-- the body as both a site of trauma, change, and our greatest joys. She currently works at the Art Center of the Capital Region as a movement instructor for autistic adults. In the past two years her poetry has established her as both a National Poetry Slam Team Piece Finalist and a Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam Finalist. Her work is published or forthcoming in/on Write About Now!, A Whore's Manifesto, and Winter Tangerine.

Catherine TatgeCatherine Tatge is an Emmy award-winning producer and director of film and television and the CEO/Co-Founder of Tatge/Lasseur Productions and the not-for-profit, Global Village Media and the Civic Life Project. She has produced national programs for PBS, CBS and Europe’s ARTE for more than thirty years. Her diverse body of work covers a wide spectrum of topics and themes: biographical portraits, music, performance and dance, and documentary films on the world of ideas and the human condition – including films on myth, love and hate, domestic violence and sex trafficking, faith in the modern world, and the meaning of modern art.

She has received numerous awards including Emmys, Columbia DuPont, Humanitas Prize, Cine Gold Eagles, several Golden Hugos, Gracie Award, and Aurora Awards. See full bio.

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 TinkleAdam Tinklecreates, 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. See full bio.

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.