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Richard N. Gladstein
Richard N. Gladstein, a filmmaker and educator, is the executive director of the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. He is two-time Academy Award–nominated film producer, founder and president of the production company FilmColony, and former dean at the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory.
Most recently, Gladstein produced Quentin Tarantino’s 70mm western The Hateful Eight, his fourth collaboration with Tarantino, after serving as executive producer of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown.
Gladstein’s two Academy Award nominations for Best Picture of the Year were for his films The Cider House Rules and Finding Neverland. He also produced The Time Being (for which he also co-wrote the screenplay), The Bourne Identity, Paper Man, Killshot, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, She’s All That, The Nanny Diaries, HurlyBurly, The Crossing Guard and 54, among others.
Prior to the formation of FilmColony, Gladstein was executive vice president and head of production at Miramax Films, and vice president of production and acquisitions at LIVE Entertainment.
Gladstein frequently leads master classes and lectures about film producing and the entertainment industry. He also served as the Marion Knott Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts.
He is the recipient of awards from the National Board of Review, Critics’ Choice Awards, Broadcast Film Critics Association, and two Boston University Distinguished Alumni Awards. In addition to his two Academy Award nominations, Gladstein has been nominated for awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes), and multiple Producers Guild of America (PGA) Best Producer of the Year awards.
Gladstein is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Producer’s Guild of America (and former of its board of directors for eight years), Leadership Committee of Creative Future, and the Board of Mentors at University of Southern California (USC) Peter Stark Producing Program.
Gladstein serves on the board of directors of the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium and Bloom’s Syndrome Association, and he is founder and president of the Bloom’s Syndrome Foundation.
Joe Amon completed his undergraduate work at Emerson College, where he majored in film production with a concentration in post-production. After his undergraduate work in Boston, Amon relocated to New York, where he has balanced a creative career as a director and editor, while also specializing in production as a production manager.
Creatively, Amon has written, directed, and edited short films, web series, and documentaries (long and short form) for film and television. He also has consulted for independent production companies overseeing story development and occasionally working as a freelance editor. He has served as director of photography for several short form documentaries and web series.
In terms of production, Amon has worked primarily in feature films, commercials, and episodic television. Before production managing, he steadily climbed the production ladder as a location scout, extras coordinator, and line producer on various projects. He is currently attending the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, working on a short film.
Dustin Chang was born in South Korea and studied painting in high school. After coming to the United States, he studied literature and film in college in the Pacific Northwest. Since then, he dabbled in micro-budget filmmaking and has been a technical support staff member for the School of Visual Arts and the film program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He has been writing film reviews and conducting filmmaker interviews as a contributing writer for Twitchfilm since 2008. He and his wife have been Brooklynites since 1999.
Angeline Dimambro is a filmmaker and educator based in New York City. She holds a B.A. in English literature and creative writing from the University of Michigan and an M.F.A. in film, specializing in screenwriting, from Columbia University.
Dimambro brings the lessons she has learned from bussing tables at her hometown diner in Michigan and deadheading petunias at the local greenhouse to her current work as a storyteller. She will be an adjunct assistant professor for the spring 2024 term at Columbia, where she will teach an undergraduate screenwriting lab.
Pontus Gunve is a New York City–based guitarist, composer, and technologist who embraces the theory that music is a multidimensional experience and an adventure in wordless storytelling that fully absorbs the audience’s mind, body, and spirit. As a child, Gunve began to explore the capabilities of computers to create different sounds and textures. His fascination with rock music led him to electric guitar, which he began to study voraciously, simultaneously imagining ways to expand its boundaries. At the same time, he experimented with sequencing and learned how to build computer and synthesizer modules that could be used practically during performances and on recordings. Now, he translates his sensual impressions of the universe into intricate, personal, and melodic musical passages that allow him to connect powerfully with his own musicians, the audience, and each space in which he performs. He has composed music and worked as a sound designer for a wide range of independent films and Web projects as well as for various large-scale art projects in Sweden. In 2007, he founded an instrumental project, PHWG, a group that combines video, electronic instruments, cello, violin, drums, and tabla/darbuka. He has released two albums—Great Wall of Sound (2006) and Movements (2008). Gunve continues to record and perform with bands throughout the New York City area. He released The Observer in 2013 and was a finalist in the Battle of the Boroughs competition in 2014.
Jung-Hun Kim has more than 20 years of experience in the world of film and television production. He has worked on numerous films, documentaries, and music videos as a director of photography, a Steadicam operator, and an editor. His recent works have been shown at DGA Theater Hollywood, Lincoln Center, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and many other festivals. As an educator, he has taught numerous classes in film/television production, ranging from beginning to advanced, at various institutes in the United States, South Korea, and India. His special interests are digital cinematography and digital post-production workflow. He is an Avid certified instructor for Media Composer and Pro Tools and an Apple certified trainer for Final Cut Pro and Final Cut X. Prior to joining the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema as technology and resources manager, he held the position of education coordinator for film technology in the Brooklyn College Department of Film, where he had worked for more than 15 years.
Kim holds a B.A. in film production and an M.F.A. in television production from Brooklyn College as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism and broadcasting from Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea, and an M.A. in media studies from The New School.
Born and bred in Brooklyn, Brooklyn College alumnus Keif Matera has more than 20 years of on-set production experience and savviness. Matera has produced a variety of projects ranging from multi-camera live events to short-form branded content for major Fortune 500 companies, which include a diverse pool of talent ranging from celebrities to everyday people. Matera spent a good portion of his early career working at MTV Networks’ Production Management Department during its “Golden Era” for some of the company’s most iconic moments ,including The Video Music Awards Live from Radio City Hall, The MTV Movie Awards, on location in Los Angeles, CA, TRL’s Live From Times Square – New Year’s Eve Broadcast, and a wide array of high-profile Promo Campaigns and Pro Social Initiatives. He has spent the last several years as both a freelance line producer and first AD, working with such clients as The Paramount Network’s Ink Master and Bar Rescue, E-Networks, The Royals with Elizabeth Hurley, NBC’s Thursday Night Football, and many more. Matera has many years of safety and on-site management experience, most recently as the site logistics manager for the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He is also an artist, as well as a professional musician, and is willing to share with you where to find Brooklyn’s best slice of pizza if you really want to know!
Matthew Moore is the academic program manager for the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. Prior to joining Feirstein, he spent nine years as the program coordinator for Brooklyn College’s undergraduate film program.
Angela Piva is an audio/mix engineer and producer, highly skilled in all aspects of music/audio production, including recording, mixing, and mastering. She has over 28 years of professional audio engineering experience and accolades, including several Grammy Award nominations as well as RIAA multi-platinum sales of recordings on which she worked.
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Piva has a bachelor’s degree in music production and engineering from the Berklee School of Music and a Master of the Arts Music (MAT) degree from Lehman College (CUNY). She is a member of AES, NARAS, and ASCAP.
In her current position, Piva brings her cutting-edge knowledge to the Feirstein School of Cinema facility, which she manages, and to the music and cinema M.F.A. student body. On any given day, one might find her at work in the Audio Control Room, the Foley studio, the ADR room, or in a 5.1 suite, working on sessions that run the gamut from dialogue replacement, acoustic and orchestral recording, to mixing audio to picture.