Second Year MFA Students

After the completion of the First Year, students are given more opportunities to explore their own interests.  Second Year students can chose to direct their own films or start working on specialized tracks in cinematography, screenwriting or post-production. 


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Vinay Choudary imdb 

Vinay Choudary is a screenwriter from Mumbai, India. He graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Mumbai in 1998. Over the next 12 years, he wrote over a thousand episodes of primetime daily soaps, including the Indian version of Ugly Betty. He also co-wrote two feature films: Dubai Return (2006) (Original Story) and Johnny Gadaar (2008) (Additional Screenplay). In 2012, he traveled to New Zealand to get a Master's degree in Creative Writing and won the David-Carson Parker Prize for Scriptwriting for his thesis screenplay: The Bloody Mulligans. Vinay believes that CGI will be the end of movies as we know them and yearns for a return to the film craft of the pre-television studio era.

Education: B.A. in English Literature - Jai Hind College, Mumbai University - India
Diploma in Film & Television Production - Xavier Institute of Communication.
M.A. by Thesis in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Winner David Carson-Parker Award for Scriptwriting 2012, New Zealand


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Priyanka Das

Priyanka Das is originally from Kolkata,India. She studied Bio-technology as an undergraduate and received her post graduation in Business Administration. She worked as a freelance photographer for 5 years.She also wrote and directed several independent short films, including In Between,Your Eyes To See. Before moving to the USA, she worked as a social media content writer and co-editor.   

B.Sc- Bachelor in Bio-technology - Bangalore University

PGDM- Fashion Marketing - Pearl Academy of Fashion


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Joshua Hanesack

Joshua Hanesack is originally from Des Moines, Iowa. He studied Cinema and English at the University of Iowa. As a student there, he wrote and directed a number of short films, including The Thing From Beyond MarsTransmission, and Dirty Words. He also worked as a writer and producer on the televised horror anthology series Point of No Return. He is interested in making films that explore the boundaries of narrative cinema conventions and the limits on what can be considered a story. 

BA - Cinema, Minor: English - University of Iowa


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Matthew Herbertz

Matthew Herbertz has been writing and directing short films since his sophomore year of High School. This Indianapolis, Indiana native studied Television and Film Production at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. 

B.A. -TV/Film Production - DeSales University

Selected Work:

A Cure (2012)

-Honorable mention, Leigh Valley Filmmakers Festival 

-Official Selection, SouthSide Film Festival 

-Official Selection, DC Independent Film Festival


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Natalie Hulla 

Natalie Hulla received her B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in Film from Ohio University in 2011. There, she composed a series of fiction and non-fiction portfolios, as well as screenplays and critical film analyses. Natalie worked as a professional freelance writer after graduation, specializing in web content writing, copy writing and social media development. She was also part of the creative team that launched the bi-monthly, online publication, The Female Voice. She contributes articles on film and TV with UK-based entertainment website, WhatCulture

B.A.  - Creative Writing, Minor: Film - Ohio University


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John Kerfoot

John Kerfoot is from the metro Detroit area in Michigan where he has worked for over 15 years as a videographer and editor of commercials, industrial videos, and weddings.  He’s also created several short comedy videos, which have garnered national attention and over 15 million views on youtube.  John earned a B.A. in Film Studies and a M.A. in Media Arts from Wayne State University in Detroit, where he was teaching film and video classes for 6 years.  

John is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in either Directing or Post-Production.


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Kyle Kruse

Kyle Kruse is originally from Detroit, Michigan. After high school, Kyle enlisted in the United States Navy where he travelled all over the world and lived in Japan for three years. After leaving the Navy, Kyle studied at Valencia Community College in Orlando Florida where he received his Associate of Arts.  Kyle moved back to Detroit to study filmmaking at Wayne State University and received his Bachelor's of Arts in Film. He graduated Cum Laude.  He wrote and directed several short films while attending Wayne State.  He is interested in character driven stories that focus on the complexities of human emotion and relationships.  

BA- Film, Wayne State University


Samuel Stewart

Sam Stewart is originally from Albany, New York.  He received his B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Rochester where he minored in Women’s Studies.  In 2013 he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.  He has produced several short films over the course of his undergraduate career, and has received first and third prize in the Gollin Film Festival.  Sam is interested in exploring issues of gender, language, and culture through the blending of classical and experimental filmmaking techniques. 

B.A. - Film Studies, Minor: Women’s Studies - University of Rochester

Selected Works:

            -Rhythm and Rhyme of a Young Male Mind (First Place, Gollin Film Festival)

            -Two Soldiers (Third Place, Gollin Film Festival)


Ha Vu

Ha Kin is originally from Hanoi, Vietnam. She graduated from The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam with B.A in International Law.  She worked for the foreign ministry of Vietnam for one year, leaving the position to pursue a career in still photography. After working in this field for five years, traveling the world, and publishing a bestselling Vietnamese book of creative nonfiction, she decided to use her artistic background towards the goal of becoming a professional cinematographer by studying Film at Ohio University.

B.A. – International Law – The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam