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MFA Film program adds new faculty in second year

Alan Flurry

The state’s first Master of Fine Arts degree in Film, Television, and Digital Media (MFA) arrives to its second year, as the program's first cohort of students make their way to sound stages and scenes around the state. The program also welcomes new faculty members to help guide our students in their pursuit to become filmmakers ready to give voice to stories that matter in today’s competitive global marketplace:

UGA’s MFA in Film program combines classroom instruction, professional training, and hands-on filmmaking opportunities. It’s focused on writing, directing, producing, and post-production. The degree — a two year, six semester program — is taught on the UGA campus in Athens, through the Georgia Film Academy at Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Atlanta Studios), and at OFS Studios in Gwinnett County. 

UGA has assembled an outstanding faculty team to teach the curriculum, all with extensive experience in television and film production.

- Associate Professor Neil Landau, Director of Screenwriting, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Melrose Place, Doogie Howser, M.D., and The Magnificent Seven.

- Professor Nate Kohn, Director of the Roger Ebert Film Festival; Executive Producer, Bayou Maharaja, Zulu Dawn, Executive Producer, Somebodies (TV series)

- Assistant Professor Shandra MacDonald, Executive Producer, East Point, JINN

- Assistant Professor Booker T. Mattison, Director, “The Gilded Six Bits,” Ungubani (Who Are You?)

- Associate Professor Bryan Cole, Editor, Who Killed Malcolm X?, The C Word; Co-Editor, The Pursuit: 50 Years in LGBT Civil Rights

- Associate Professor Julie Ray, Set Designer, Mindhunter, Neighbors 2, Love and Other Drugs

Welcome to one of our newest colleagues, Shandra McDonald. Our students are in great hands as they prepare for success in one of the toughest businesses around. Keep up the good work – make something great!

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