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Silvia Kratzer

Visiting Associate Professor

Silvia Kratzer’s publications in the academic field focus on the issues of exile and transnational cinemas as well as documentary film. She frequently serves as a jury member and film programmer for numerous international film festivals including the Monte Carlo Film Festival, SENE New York Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival, Method Film Festival, and the Burbank International Film Festival.

She has worked as a screenwriter, webisode developer and professional script consultant in Hollywood for Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Avenue Entertainment, Spirit, ITC, and the Walt Disney Co. As a producer she created the webisode “Behind the Scenes at Chapman Film School,” and co-produced the documentary “The Last Shtetl” and the short film “Before it’s too Late,” starring Robert Loggia.

Kratzer recently founded the New Hollywood Film School, to offer a variety of film-related courses and networking opportunities to students and to help them gain a deeper understanding of the cinema, acquire crucial professional and writing skills, and to expand their business connections within the film industry.

Kratzer received her master's degree in mass communication and theater arts at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. She has a second master's degree in critical theory from the University of Iowa’s Department of Film and a Television; and a Ph.D. in critical theory from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Kratzer also teaches at Chapman University and Pepperdine University.