FDUFilm Faculty

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Our faculty members are actively involved in the art of filmmaking and production. The body of their work spans from feature films and documentaries to innovative interactive DVD games for home distribution. Students often get the opportunity to work with our faculty on professional and interesting projects.

 

howard libovHoward Libov,   Film Program Director; Chair, Visual & Performing Arts Dept. holds two master degrees and is an award-winning film director, producer and screenwriter whose work has been distributed theatrically, on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and PBS. He has also worked as a writer and producer of newscasts and documentaries for the CNN cable network. Howard attended the film programs at New York University and The American Film Institute. His films include the feature Favorite Son (Director/Co-writer) with Pablo Schreiber (HBO’s The Wire) and Connor Paolo (World Trade Center) and is presently in distribution with Panorama Entertainment. The film won "Best Director" at the Hoboken Film Festival and the "Gold Remi Award" at the Worldfest International Independent Film Festival , besides being a selected feature at numerous other film festivals. Howard's most recent film, the documentary short, AGLOW takes a look at the art of Paul Chojnowski, who draws with fire. AGLOW is the second film in the Under the Radar series, which takes a look at modern, working artists. AGLOW won Best Short at The Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival, and was selected by DocMiami, The Red Rocks Film Festival (Utah), Movies at the Mill (Pennsylvania), The Stony Brook Visual Arts Conference, The New Jersey Film Festival, and the Boston Independent Film Festival. Little Man (Director/Co-writer) a short featuring Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) played at more than twenty-five festivals, including the Crested Butte Reelfest where it won the Silver Illumination Award, and The International Festival of Sportfilm (Italy) where it won Best Drama; the film is in distribution with The Cinema Guild. Midnight Edition (Director/Co-writer) is a feature film starring Will Patton (Remember the Titans) and won Best First Feature at The Festival of Fantastic Film in Spain. It played in a number of festivals, including The Hamptons, Cork (Ireland), and London. The film was theatrically released, distributed to home video by MCA/Universal, and broadcast on HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax. Men Will Be Boys (Director/Writer) is a comedic short which starred members of Chicago’s Second City and Steppenwolf Theaters, and was syndicated nationally on PBS stations as a modern day companion piece to Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar winning Marty. The documentary Fourteen Stations, the first film in the Under the Radar series, is in distribution with The Cinema Guild. His IMDB page. Howard teaches Directing, Filmmaking III, Senior Thesis, Screenwriting I & II.

 

david landauDavid Landau,  Cinema Technology Director,  Cinematography Concentration program director;  joined the FDU faculty after 25 years working professionally as a crew member in the film industry on TV shows, commercials, corporate videos and feature films. David is a union gaffer (IATSE Local 52), lighting director and six time Telly Award winning  digital cinematographer. Most recently he worked as the Lighting Director for Sky News' live broadcast of the US election from Times Square and was lead gaffer on "Project Runway Allstars, season 6" for Lifetime. We was Director of Photography on the Fox Meadow Films webseries "The Other F Word" (for which he won a Telly Award) on amazon, the indie feature film "Stray" for Eskridge prods and on the feature "Dark Tarot" (for which he won a Cindy Award) for DGW Films (both available on Amazon Prime) as well as cinematographer for various projects for such clients as The Weather Channel, Verizon and Bank of America video networks. Other credits include gaffer on Lifetime's "Project Accessory", a spin-off from "Project Runway" on which David has worked as part of the lighting crew for the past eight seasons and Director of Photography on the festival short "Stable" (for which he won a Telly Award for Lighting). As a screenwriter David has suffered through many pitch meetings, has had a few screenplays optioned, won several screenwriting awards, had a dozen articles published in Script Magazine and Screenwriter’s Monthly and received his MFA in screenwriting from Goddard College.   David is the author of "Lighting for Cinematography" from Bloomsbury Press, as well as the content editor of their series TheCinetech Guides to the Film Crafts, and the author of "Film Noir Production" from Focal/Routledge Press and has had several articles on lighting published in StudentFlmmakers magazine and HD Pro Guide. David was honored to have been awarded the 2016 Teaching Award from the University Film and Video Association.   His IMBD page. David teaches Lighting, Cinematography, Filmmaking II, Reality TV Production, Client Video Production, Cinematic Storytelling, Film Noir and Screenwriting I & II.

 

dana glazerDana Glazer - Dana’s NYU Tisch Graduate thesis film “Intermezzo”, a romantic ghost story, won a student Academy Award in 1998. In 2002, Dana sold his original screenplay “Rise sons of Bowdoin”, an epic civil war story about Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, to Warner Brothers for director Mimi Leder (“Deep Impact”) and producer John Wells (“ER”, “The West Wing”, “Far from heaven”). Dana became a member of the Writers Guild of America. Through his production company Dane-Gramp Productions, Dana has produced and directed several documentaries including “The Evolution of Dad” and “Parents of the Revolution” which follow activist parents inside the occupy Wall Street movement. His IMBD page.  Dana teaches Filmmaking I and Cinematic Storytelling.

 

craig weiszCraig Weisz - a graduate of USC, Craig has worked as a producer, screenwriter, and consultant in the areas of entertainment, advertising, and new media. In the film area he has worked with companies including HBO, New Regency, Phoenix Pictures, and Spelling Entertainment. He serves regularly as a consultant to other producers in matters of creative development, physical production, strategic planning, and distribution. Feature film credits include Co-Producer on MGM's "Her Best Move"​, Associate Producer on Sony Pictures'​ "Soul Assassin"​ and Co-Producer/Editor on AIM Group's "Secret Sins." While he started out in the world of music videos, as an award-winning television commercial producer, Craig's credits span over fifty commercial campaigns for clients including Amgen, Citreon, Clorox, Legal Rights Defenders, Mercedes-Benz, MET-Rx, Nabisco, Pro Sieben, SSM Healthcare, and Reebok. His IMDB page. Craig teaches Screenwriting I and film studies courses.

 

Don Riemer

Don Riemer,  a professional video editor and skilled video writer/producer/director for over 20 years and on some 300 projects, a mixed bag of entertainment, documentary, motivational, public relations, training and marketing pieces for such clients as AT&T, Foster Wheeler, Ricoh, The Seeing Eye, IBM, Pfizer, Roche, Becton Dickinson and others. Don is the creative force behind Airworthy Productions. Don teaches Post Production I.

 

Bruce FrigeriBruce Frigeri - A graduate of the American Film Institute, Bruce is the president of Lifesize Entertainment, which is a full service distributor, producer and international sales agent. Bruce produced three animal friendly reality series,  RESCUE VET (Anima Planet) and GIVE ME SHELTER, (National geographic)  and the just competed THE WILD BUNCH, about African species preservation He was also the producer of the feature film "Fear House". His IMDB page . Bruce teachers Film Producing, Film Distribution, Filmmaking I and Filmmaking III.

 

elliot hElliot Hoffman  holds a master of science degree from Boston University. A documentary filmmaker, his work has been broadcast on PBS. National awards include a Cindy, Aurora and Telly, and an American Film Festival Blue Ribbon. Elliot's films include; “Glowing Embers”, which screened at the 2006 Independent Film Project Market in NYC as a work in progress (presently in post-production), “Teacher’s Stories, Children’s Lives” which won a Gold Cindy at the 38th Annual International Cindy Competition and was broadcast on numerous PBS stations across the country, and “A Good Example: Bertolt Brecht before the House Un-American Activities Committee”, which won a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival. Elliot teaches Filmmaking I, History of Film, Documentary Film and Cinematic Storyteling

 

Vince G

Vincent Guagenti has worked in music videos and done sound work for video and live band performances. Besides teaching he is also the department's equipment manager. He is also an actor and musician and member of Robot Hands Productions which has prodced a variety of award winning festival shorts. His IMDB page. Vince teaches Filmmaking I,  Audio, and film studies courses.

 

 

Vincent Celii, After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts,  Mr Celii worked as a freelance production assistant for various independent film productions then went on to work for the Mayor’s Office of Film and Television. Vincent teaches History of TV and film studies courses at FDU.

 

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