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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 2021 Faculty are listed below...


Jocelyn Arem

Jocelyn Arem '04 is an internationally recognized GRAMMY Award-nominated multimedia storytelling producer, artist, activist, strategist, and educator working across audio, video, print, and live activation. She works from 20 years of experience building and managing cross-functional teams and developing projects at the intersection of multimedia production and archival storytelling - creating new value from buried treasure. Her GRAMMY, Library of Congress and ASCAP Deems Taylor Award-nominated projects have helped raise over $2M for arts and cultural organizations and estates, led to collections being placed at the Library of Congress, colleges and universities, and raised her clients profiles in publications including the New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, and Vogue. She is a frequently sought-after speaker with engagements at the School of the New York Times, Creative Capital, The EMP Pop Music Conference, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, The San Francisco GRAMMY Chapter, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the NYU Music Technology Colloquium, and The Monterey Jazz Festival. She is the founder of Arbo Radiko and recipient of the Skidmore College Creative Thought Matters Award of Distinction.


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.


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. (DS 210: Intro to Audio Doc; AS 251C: Pandemic Bardo)


Emily Vallee is a visual artist and photographic educator. Her work explores and challenges the separation and convergence between humankind and the natural word. Emily’s most recent exhibitions include Uncovered at the Arts Center Gallery (Saratoga Springs, NY), Dust Collective & Cold Season at Aviary Gallery (Boston, MA), and The Telephone Booth Exhibit, Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass, CO). In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photographic Exhibition in London, England. Emily has been featured in various publications such as Phases Magazine, Mubridge’s Horse, Booooom and Don’t Take Pictures. Emily released her most recent body of work Years With Wings at the Boston Art Book Fair in 2019, an ongoing project influenced by the publication of the 2019 Audubon Study: Survival By Degrees. She received her MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Vermont. (DS 119B: Explorations in Doc Photo)


Nicole Van SlykeNicole Van Slyke is a practiced Media/Digital Arts, Documentary Production and Educational professional. She has experience working in the film industry, behind the camera, in art studios and academic environments. Currently, she is a Producer/Director/Editor for WMHT-PBS and has worked on several 60 Minute documentaries and web series on relevant current topics. She is a storyteller at heart and is passionate about giving voice to the untold story. (DS 251D: Documentary Film Editing)