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John Murphy

Founder and Professor

John Murphy graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. As a New York based cinematographer Murphy has worked extensively on documentary projects for The Discovery Channel, A+E, The History Channel, and NatGeo. He has lectured at Pratt Institute as a professor in the Film/Video Department for over 13 years. Courses he has taught include: Audio for Film, 16mm Film Production, Beginning and Advanced Video Production, Documentary Production, Audio for Video, and History of Italian Cinema. His latest book: “Production Sound Mixing”.

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Lina Palotta

Professor

Lina’s photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the United States. She has been published in Marie Claire, The Guardian, Das Magazin, D-Woman and Katalog Magazin. As a member of Fotoleggendo’s Scientific Committee she has curated numerous exhibitions within the annual event. She has been a member of juries in various photographic competitions. She has been the recipient of many grants and residencies including New York Foundation of the Arts, Fellowship L’Atelier de VIsu, Marseille, France, CASE Media Fellowship, University of Texas/El Paso, and the Fund for Creative Communities, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She teaches in Rome and at the International Center of Photography in NYC. Since 2013 she has taught an annual masterclass: “Shooting from Inside” at Offcine Fotografiche, in Rome.

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Gordon Arkenberg

Professor

Gordon Arkenberg works as a cinematographer and teacher. His cinematography work ranges from the lyrical documentary The Meaning of Tea to the psychedelic thriller I Can See You. He is always working on the cusp of art and technology such as building the 3D camera rig he used to shoot The Viewer, which won Best Short at the first International 3D Film Festival. Since 2010 he has taught the popular Science of Cinematography class at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. When not occupied with the complexities of camera technology he likes to think a great deal about thinking.

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Ross McLaren

Professor

Artist-in-Residence, Visual Arts, Fordham University College at Lincoln Center

Professor McLaren graduated with honors from Canada’s Ontario College of Art (OCA). McLaren has taught film and video courses at Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and at Fordham University for the past thirty years. He has lectured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has conducted courses on film and video in Italy with Fordham University and Pratt Institute.
For over 30 years, Mr. McLaren has worked as a filmmaker, scholar, teacher, curator, critic, and community organizer. He founded and was first director of the Funnel Film Centre in Toronto, an institution devoted to the production, exhibition, and distribution of film. Images Festival, in Toronto, has recently published “An Interview with Ross McLaren” in conjunction with their 25th anniversary.
His films include: Wave, Weather Building, Crash ‘n’ Burn: the “self-destructive document of Toronto’s eponymous punk club,” Dance of the Sacred Foundation Application (feat. Jack Smith), Muted Horn, Squeaky Stool, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival award-winning sensation Summer Camp.

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