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Gina Kim


Gina Kim Gina Kim’s five feature-length films and works of video art have screened at more than 100 prestigious international film festivals and venues including Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Sundance and Venice, as well as such arts venues as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Her work has been theatrically released to critical acclaim in Europe, Asia and the United States. According to Variety, “Kim’s highly sensitive camera turns the film into a chamber-piece hushed eroticism and surprising narrative grip.” Le Figaro said, “Kim is a fearless feminist who conceals an extreme sensitivity.” In 2018, The Hollywood Reporter selected Kim as one of “5 South Korean Talents to Watch” noting Kim’s pioneering efforts in Asian cinema.

Invisible Light (2003), hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “deeply introspective and accomplished art film,” was selected by Film Comment as one of the 10 best films of 2003.

Never Forever (2007), starring Jung-woo Ha and Vera Farmiga, was the first co-production between the United States and South Korea. Kim was subsequently nominated in the Best New Director category at the Motion Picture Association of Korea’s Daejong Film Awards (the Korean equivalent of the Academy Awards) and was awarded the Jury prize at the 2007 Deauville American Film Festival.

Faces of Seoul (2009) premiered at the 66th annual Venice Film Festival, where Kim also served as a jury member. In 2018, Kim and L’Atelier des Cahiers published Seoul, Visages d’une Ville, a trilingual multimedia photo book essay based on the documentary.

In 2016, Final Recipe was wide-released in China in more than 3,240 theaters. The Hollywood Reporter noted how the director “conjures a non-exotic piece out of a territory-trotting narrative, where every place is made to seem like home.” Prior to its release, Final Recipe was selected as the opening film in the Culinary Cinema sections of the Berlin and San Sebastian international film festivals.

Kim’s latest work is the virtual reality short Bloodless (2017). Based on a true story, Bloodless transforms the controversial issue of crimes by U.S. military personnel stationed in South Korea into a personal and emotional experience. Bloodless received Best VR awards at Venice International Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Bogotá Short Film Festival. Filmmaker Magazine also featured Bloodless as the Best VR Storytelling of 2017.

Kim is widely recognized as an innovative instructor. She has taught at Harvard University, where in 2014 she received a Certificate of Teaching Excellence, and has conducted master classes around the world. In 2018, Variety listed Kim as one of the “Top Teachers in Film, TV” noting Kim’s “keen understanding of the future of entertainment technology.”


Home > Faculty > Eric F. Martin

Eric F. Martin


Eric MartinEric Martin is a filmmaker originally from Northern California. His work as a producer includes “Mudbloods,” a feature documentary about real-life Quidditch players, coming to theaters in Fall 2014. His short film, “Fran’s Daughter,” premiered at SXSW in 2011, going on to play numerous other festivals around the world, and can now be seen on the website Short of the Week. Together with collaborator Kyle Laursen, Martin co-directed the feature film “Acting Like Adults,” which premiered at the Cinequest film festival earlier this year, and is slated for distribution early next year. Martin received his bachelor of arts degree from UC Berkeley and his master of arts degree from the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.

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Home > Faculty > Charles Haid

Charles Haid


Charles Haid is a producer, director and actor with more than 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry.

He started his career as an actor, and has performed in such films as “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Altered States” and “The Third Miracle,” and such TV series as “Barney Miller” and “The Waltons” but is perhaps best known for his role as
Officer Andy Renko on NBC’s “Hill St. Blues,” a role he played for seven years and which earned him four Emmy nominations. Most recently, he starred in the short film “One Armed Man” based on the Horton Foote story, directed by Tim Guinee.

In 1990 he segued into directing, while still continuing to perform as an actor. His TV directing credits include 10 TV pilots and more than 50 hours of episodic television including “ER,” for which he was an Emmy nominee and a DGA winner; “NYPD Blue” and the pilot of “Murder One” (Emmy and DGA Award nominations). He also directed numerous movies-of-the-week including “The Sally Hemmings Story,” “Buffalo Soldiers” (DGA nomination), “Riders of the Purple Sage” and the Humanitas Prize-winning TV movie “Cooperstown.” More recent credits include HBO’s “Nip/Tuck”; Disney Channel’s “Life Is Ruff”; AMC’s “Breaking Bad”; CBS’ “CSI,” “Criminal Minds” and “The Defenders”; USA’s “In Plain Sight”; TNT’s “The Closer,” and NBC’s “Grimm.” He also directed the Disney feature “Iron Will” and the play Belfast Blues, for which he was an L.A. Drama Critics Award nominee.

Mr. Haid’s producer credits include the TV movie “The Nightman” and TV series “The Court” (for John Wells), “Big Apple” (for David Milch), “Buddy Faro” (for Aaron Spelling), “Threat Matrix” and “High Incident” (for Steven Spielberg), among others. Earlier in his career, he was an associate producer of the original stage production of Godspell.

His documentary producing credits include the Emmy winning “Who are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?” for ABC, “Children in the Crossfire” (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for NBC, extensive on-the-ground “Katrina (Eye of the Storm)” coverage for the American Red Cross, the short “Wheels for Vietnam” for UCP/Wheels for Humanity, and the comedy special pilot “Locked Up Stand Up.”

Mr. Haid has served on the California Arts Council, is on the board of the California State Summer School for the Arts, and has taught and lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, Stanford University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Mr. Haid is a Vietnam vet and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts.

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Home > Faculty > George Gary

George Gary


George Gary is a lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media where he teaches courses on screenwriting and directing.

He has written numerous produced screenplays including the animated Goglo 13, Wild Orchid 2, Love Is Like That, Home and Tomb.

He has received numerous awards including the AFI Video Award, the Jack Nicholson Award for Screenwriting, the Philips Award for Screenwriting and the 2011 Best Script Award from Amazon Studios.

Gary received his B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Vanderbilt University and his M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.


Home > Faculty > James Franco

James Franco


James FrancoJames Franco is a renowned actor, published author, producer, director and educator.

In 2001, he won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of James Dean in the TV biographical film of the same name. He was Academy Award nominated for his role in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours (2010).

As an author, Franco has published numerous articles, poems and books. In 2014, he was nominated for a Best Spoken Word Grammy Award for the reading of his novel Actors Anonymous.

As a producer and a director, Franco has credits on dozens of titles. His films As I Lay Dying (2013) and Child of God (2013) are currently available on several on-demand platforms.

Franco received his M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2010, and is currently working on his Ph.D. at Yale University. He has been teaching film classes at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television since 2012.

Franco volunteers for the nonprofit Art of Elysium, which helps children with serious medical conditions. In January 2011, at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in Los Angeles, Franco was honored for his work and received the Spirit of Elysium award.


Home > Faculty > Patricia Cardoso

Patricia Cardoso


Patricia CardosoPatricia Cardoso is an award-winning writer, director and producer who teaches film directing, writing and production at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her credits include the Sundance Audience Award-winning feature film, “Real Women Have Curves,” the television movies “Meddling Mom” and “Lies in Plain Sight,” and the web-series “Ro,” for WIGS. Her short films include “The Water Carrier of Cucunuba,” which won a Student Academy Award; “The Air Globes”; and “La Clave,” for a National Institute of Health-funded USC-UCLA research project.

Her films have played and won awards at national and international festivals including Telluride, Toronto, Rotterdam, London and San Sebastian, and have been distributed theatrically, in television, and on the web. Her films have been funded through a combination of sources including the Hubert Bals Fund, the McArthur Foundation, the National Institute of Health, Focine, HBO, and sales to Channel Four England, SBS Australia, Showtime Networks and Sony, among others.

Formerly an archaeologist in her native Colombia, Ms. Cardoso is a Fulbright Scholar and served as director of Sundance’s Latin American program for five years. She is also the recipient of a Smithsonian Institute Recognition Award. She is routinely invited to deliver lectures on her work throughout the world, most recently for the Bank of InterAmerican Development in Washington, D.C. and the United Nation’s International Labor Organization in Madrid.

Prior to working at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, she taught at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for seven years. She received her master of fine art from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and her bachelor of arts from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Columbia. Ms. Cardoso is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Film Independent, Sundance Alumni and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is an active member of the Independent Directors Committee at the Directors Guild of America.


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Three from TFT Win DGA Student Film Awards

King, Onah and Ramos Triumph in African-American, Latino Categories

Two current TFT students, 
Dallas King and Anthony Onah, and a recent graduate, Julio O. Ramos
 MFA ’12 will be in the spotlight on Thursday, November 8, when the DGA Student Film Awards for 2012 are presented at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood.

King was the winner in the African American Category for his film “Most Wanted,” while Onah took the Jury Prize for “Dara Ju,” which was nominated for the Golden Egg Award at the 2012 Reykjavik International Film Festival. Ramos won the Jury Prize in the Latino Category with his Showcase and Palm Springs Shortfest winner “Detrás del Espejo” (“Behind the Mirrors”)

The DGA Student Film Awards are presented annually to encourage and bring attention to outstanding minority and women film students in California and select universities across the nation. The Directors Guild will present $2,500 to each Award Winner and $1,000 to each Jury Award (runner-up).

Students are invited to attend the award ceremony on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 P.M., at the Directors Guild of America Theater, 2
7920 Sunset Boulevard.

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Home > Faculty > Rod Holcomb

Rod Holcomb

Visiting Assistant Professor

Rod HolcombRod Holcomb is an Emmy Award winner for his direction of the ER finale in 2009 and received the Director’s Guild of America Award for the original ER pilot. He has received numerous other Emmy and DGA Award nominations and has directed and executive produced 22 network and cable pilots, 15 of which went on to series.

Recent television series directing credits include Elementary, Justified, The Good Wife, Numb3rs and Lost.

Additionally, Holcomb has directed many prestigious made-for-television movies including The Pentagon Papers with James Spader and Paul Giamatti; Convict Cowboy with Jon Voight and Marcia Gay Harden; Code Breakers with Scott Glen; Songs in Ordinary Times with Sissy Spacek; and Finding the Way Home with George C. Scott.

Holcomb is currently the co-chair of the Directors Guild of America’s Creative Rights Committee, serves on the DGA-PAC, and is a member of the guild’s Western and National Boards.

He recently designed the Advanced Dramatic Television Workshop for the School of Theater, Film and Television.


Home > Faculty > Wes Kenney

Wes Kenney

Wes Kenney graduated from Carnegie Tech (Mellon) and was hired by Dumont TV Network in New York as a Director in an era where everything was live and shot with multiple camerashe directed all genres, including dramas, kids shows, game shows, sports, and variety for ten years. The next twenty years were spent directing for film and television, including “Giget,” “My Favorite Martian,” “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” etc. Executive Producer of “Days of Our Lives,” “Young and the Restless,” and “General Hospital,” earning 19 Emmy nominations and winning 7 Emmys.


Home > Faculty > Sanford Berman

Sanford Berman

Sound Designer. Collaborations with directors include Bruce Beresford, Harold Ramis, Jonathan Kaplan, Rob Reiner, William Friedkin, Jim Abrams, Oliver Stone and Jean-Jaques Annoud. An advocate of the use of sound as art-direction, he is well-known for lush and moody atmospheres as well as his more visceral types of ‘whiz-bang’ theatrical effects. He co-developed the standard 6-track digital sound format with Douglas Trumbull in the late seventies. He was honored with the Golden Reel Awards for Oliver and Company and Aladdin and received the British Academy Award for his work on JFK.