A Faculty of Professionals


Program Producer, Sarah Lawrence Filmmaking Faculty

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Program Producers

Jay Craven

Jay CravenMA Goddard College. Undergraduate study: Boston University and School of Visual Arts. Writer, director, producer: High Water (w/Greg Germann, Jane MacFie); Where the Rivers Flow North (w/Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Michael J. Fox); A Stranger in the Kingdom (w/ Ernie Hudson, Martin Sheen, David Lansbury); In Jest (w/Bill Raymond, Tantoo Cardinal, Rusty DeWees); Windy Acres (w/ Ariel Kiley, Bill Raymond, Seana Kofoed, Rusty DeWees); Disappearances (w/ Kris Kristofferson, Gary Famer, Charlie McDermott, Genevieve Bujold); Northern Borders (w/ Bruce Dern, Genevieve Bujold, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Jessica Hecht); Peter and John (w/ Jacqueline Bisset, Christian Coulson, Diane Guerrero); Wetware (w/ Jerry O’Connell, Cameron Scoggins, Morgan Wolk). Writer, director: The Year That Trembled (w/ Jonathan Brandis, Marin Hinkle, Fred Willard, Martin Mull). Documentaries include After the Fog, Dawn of the PeopleGayleen, and Approaching the Elephant (producer). Festivals and special screenings include: Sundance, SXSW, AFI Fest, Vienna, Vancouver, Avignon, Havana, Lincoln Center, Smithsonian, Harvard Film Archives, Cinematheque Francaise, Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, and Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela. Awards and recognition: Producers Guild of America NOVA Award; Gotham Award nomination; two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) film production grants; finalist, Critics Week, Cannes Film Festival; selection to the Sundance Collection at UCLA; NEA’s American Masterpieces Program; American Film Institute’s initial “AFI: Project 20/20 International Cultural Exchange.” Founding director and producer of the Movies From Marlboro film-intensive program, where 24 professionals mentor and collaborate with 32 students from a dozen colleges, including Sarah Lawrence. SLC, 2017–

Frederick Michael Strype

Frederick Michael Strype

Chair of the Sarah Lawrence Filmmaking and Moving Image Arts Program
BA, Fairfield University. MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts. Postgraduate study: American Film Institute, New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Screenwriter, producer, director. Recent awards, grants, festivals: Grand Prize, Nantucket Film Festival, Tony Cox Award in Screenwriting; Nantucket Screenwriters Colony; World Jewish Film Festival, Askelon, Israel; Tehran International Film Festival; Berlin Film Festival Shorts; Uppsala Sweden Film Festival; USA Film Festival; Washington (DC) Jewish Film Festival; Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival; Temecula Valley International Film Festival “Best of the Fest”; Portugal Film Festival Press Award; Fade In MagazineAward/Best Short Screenplay; Angelus Film Festival Triumph Award; Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Award; Heartland Film Festival Crystal Heart Award; New Line Cinema Filmmaker Development Award; Hamptons International Film Festival; Schomburg Cultural Grants. Raindance Pictures: projects developed for Columbia/Tristar/Sony, Lifetime, MTM Productions, Family Channel, FX, Alliance/ Atlantis, Capella Films, Turman-Foster Productions, James Manos Productions, FX, Avenue Pictures. SLC, 2003–

Program Professionals

The following professionals are slated to join us in Spring 2019, with additional names to come. Faculty roster is subject to change.

Brad Heck (cinematographer and camera/lighting mentor). BA, Marlboro College. MFA candidate, Vermont College of Fine Arts. Credits include Northern Borders, Peter and John, Wetware, Shout it Out, After the Fog.

Michael Toscano (line producer, assistant director, and production management mentor). MFA, Columbia University. Undergraduate study: Ithaca College. Film credits include Peter and John, Wetware, First Match (Netflix), Tramps (Animal Kingdom), Cargo (BEF Productions).

Alina Smirnova (production pesigner and art department mentor). MFA New York University. Undergraduate study: Cornell University. Credits include Wetware, Jim: The James Foley Story (HBO/Sundance), Keep the Change (Tangerine Entertainment), 2018 Academy Award nominated film, Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig.

Sarah Beers (costume designer and mentor). BFA, Connecticut College. Winner of the Emmy for costume design: The Men Who Built America. Other credits include Academy Award-nominated film, Maria Full of Grace, Outsiders, Rescue Me, Peter and John, Wetware, and In Treatment

Visiting Artists

During the semester, visiting artists will join the program for master classes, special events, screenings, and field trips. Check back soon for a list of visiting artists!