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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 2019 Faculty are listed below...

Julie Casper Roth (Producer/Director)

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. (Sp19 courses: Storytelling: Interviewing)

Sarah FriedlandSarah Friedland (Storytellers' Institute Director, MDOCS)

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. 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. (Sp19 courses: Storytellers' Prep; Intro to Documentary Studies; Doc Film Prod'n: Form/Content)

Thomas Hart

Tom Hart (MDOCS/Environmental Studies)

Specializing in environmental planning, water resources, GIS, and remote sensing, he research the geomorphology of the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and coastal processes governing inlet formation and management. (Sp19 courses: Storytelling: Mapping)

Greg Lyons (Writer/Game Design)

Greg LyonsGreg Lyons is an internationally experienced professor encouraging immersive creative classroom experiences by employing emergent learning principles positioned around procedural rhetoric, multi-literacy, divergent thinking, and innovative educational paradigms through collaborative student-designed multi-modal compositions that foster personal growth, literacy, and confidence for 21st century citizenship and critical inquiry. (Sp19 courses: 3D Interactive Storytelling)

Ron TaylorRon Taylor (Operations Coordinator, Media Services)

Ron 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. (Sp19 courses: Storytelling: Video)

Adam Tinkle (MDOCS Director)

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:, (Sp19 courses: Sounding the Museum)

Marc WoodworthMarc Woodworth (Assoc. Editor Salmagundi Magazine)

Marc 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-SongwritersHow 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. (Sp19 courses: Multi-Media/Literary Archive)