STAFF & FACULTY
Austin School of Film
Office & Administrative Staff
Anne Goetzmann Kelley (Executive Director) co-founded and presided over Moment Productions, an alternative record and music production company, from 1979-1984, Relocating to New Haven Ct, with her husband and son she continued working with Indie artists on the East coast while and raising her son. Moving back to Austin In 1991, she brought her indie marketing skills to the Austin film scene and co-founded Center for Young Cinema (CYC), a place where her son and other youths could have a safe place to express themselves through film. Kelley was instrumental in fostering a unique environment where teens’ creativity flourished while learning new media skills; CYC student films have been screened all over the country and on HBO Family. In 2002, she co-founded Austin School of Film & Media Arts Center (as Motion Media Arts Center) with Erica Shamaly, which combined CYC and Austin Cinemaker Co-op. The Austin School of Film’s youth classes continue all of the incredible programming she created, but with new emphasis on all media rather than just film.
Faiza Kracheni (Education & Programming Director) born and raised Texan who currently serves as Austin School of Film's Education & Programming Director. In October 2015, Faiza founded two new programs for the Central Texas community including a sister-program to premiere under the Motion Media Arts Center umbrella, Austin Cinemaker Space in 2016. Austin Cinemaker Space will merge media arts education and community, demand fluency with ever evolving technologies, create and foster a more active learning process and directly serve as a reflection of the changing norms in educational and creative environments in digital media and film for the Austin Community. In addition to her involvement with MMAC, she is an active artist and musician within the Austin community.
Carrie Cates (Community Director)has a Radio-TV-Film degree from Indiana State University and studied film theory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Currently, she is a Technologist and film teacher at Rawson Saunders School (Austin Area School for Dyslexics), and a local Austin indie film producer. Since moving from the Hoosier state to Austin, she has produced 3 feature length films: Summer League, Wind & Rain, and Intrusion Disconnected and quite a few shorts. In the midst of all of this, she founded a youth film festival for junior high and high school students in the greater Austin area, the Austin Youth Film Fest, where she took a very active role in coordinating its inaugural year to great success and praise. She's a self-proclaimed collaboration enthusiast, and is always looking for new ways to use technology to bridge communication gaps in production. Needless to say, she is incredibly supportive and involved in the local Austin film scene.
Hamilton Early Steele (Webmaster & Design) was born in Texas and raised in Austin, where he attended St. Edwards University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Photography. He is co-founder and current head of Priz Tats Cultural Production Center—a trans-national, multifaceted output platform which connects artists from across the globe to collaborate and generate content both digital and physical, blurring the line between art collective, record label, publishing firm and other traditionally separate fields of content creation. Moving to Chicago, Hamilton worked for 5 years as head-photographer for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, the premiere auction house in the Mid-West for Fine Jewelry, Art, Decorative Art, and Asian Art. There he concentrated on shooting and preparing high quality images for catalog covers and content, photographing items such as Frank Lloyd Wright urns, sapphire rings that sold for hundreds of thousands, and millennia old bronze libation cups from China. Mr. Steele now lives with his partner Rachael Milton in Austin, Texas, where they work together to connect different creatives in the city’s thriving arts scene.
Brook Olstrom (Social Media & Community Assistant) is a graduate of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi with a degree in Communication - Media Studies. She moved to Austin to participate in festivals, gain more media production experience, and get lost in a new city. Brooke is interested in all things media and activism, with much of her work involving nonprofits and local government to get the word out on causes and activate people to make change. Brooke was the recipient of the Outstanding Scholar in Media Studies award from the School of Arts, Media, and Communication at TAMU-CC after finishing a semester at LogoTV doing digital production work for RuPaul's Drag Race. She is a DoSomething.org scholarship recipient for involvement in clothing recycling and reusing. She hopes to attend the University of Texas in the future to obtain a graduate degree in media studies.
Spencer Mirabal (Community Coordinator) was born in Portland, Oregon, and has a BA in Film and Photography from Montana State University - Bozeman. Pursuing a life in writing for stage/screen/poetry, his thesis short film la violencia en colombia., was honored with a scholarship from the Greater Montana Foundation, and was accepted into the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest. He currently acts as moderator & contributor for the Austin Cinemaker Space blog, and is working on several independent side projects ranging from a book of poetry entitled Unwarranted Quail Dreams to several short films that he hopes to direct in the near future.
Morgan McCoy (Community Coordinator) moved to Austin from Corpus Christi, Texas to study archaeology at the University of Texas, but decided to change her career trajectory toward filmmaking when she got out of college. When she is not working at the Austin School of Film, she is either playing shows with her band or doing freelance work for local productions. Currently, she is working toward being a camera operator through taking classes at the Austin School of Film and on-set experience.
Melvin Ferebee (Outreach Progamming Assistant Director) is committed to philanthropy and inspired by Austin School of Film’s beneficence, Melvin is proud to assist in broadening their youth outreach programs. A 3L at the University of Texas School of Law, Melvin was born and raised in Southeast, Virginia. He met his wife, Mimi, while they were pursuing their undergraduate degrees at the College of William and Mary. After graduation, he and Mimi traversed Central America, Canada, and Mexico, donating books to orphanages. Domestically, they helped underprivileged youth prepare for the ACT and SAT. Three beautiful children later, Melvin is pursuing careers in entertainment law and film production.
Robert Ansley (IT & Lab) is a long time Austin resident who has been volunteering for the Austin School of Film for over four years. He is a former Austin Police Sgt who left the force to provide executive protection for a Fortune 50 executive and his family, and for 17 years traveled the world over. Robert retired after suffering a serious spinal injury, and became interested in filmmaking when his son Adam said he wanted to become a film director. Adam competed in the school's MAFIA day competitions for three years while Robert began volunteering for the school. After taking one of the adult film classes, Robert began competing in film festivals himself. In 2012, Robert and his wife Angela started a production company and now help other new filmmakers get their films produced and into film festivals. You can find Robert down at the school on a regular basis helping with the computer lab, or working with students on a variety of projects. He speaks Spanish & Japanese and is proficient with editing software.
Instructors & Artists
Edward Santiago is an award winning screenwriter of the 2015 Shriekfest Independent Horror Film Festival and also a Finalist for the 2014 Shriekfest and the 2015 Oaxaca Film Festival. Edward holds a Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV Communications from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Full Sail University.
Gary Gibich is a graduate of the University of Texas Film School and an instructor of Adobe After Effects CC (Creative Cloud) and Adobe Premiere Pro CC courses at the Austin School of Film. Gary has worked professionally in Film and Broadcast Television. He has also written a book based on a true WWII story entitled Patton’s Lost Platoon, which was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist in 2010. Gary continues to write novels, scripts and short form projects, and remains actively engaged in production and post-production.
Nathan Bayless has a Radio-TV-Film degree from Indiana State University and has been working in Austin film and video production since 2008. He has worked on films, commercials, and television series as an animator, director, editor, writer, production assistant, and just about everything in between. His most recent film work was as a colorist on TOWER, a rotoscope animated feature film that premiered and won multiple awards at SXSW 2016.
Cordelaine (Corey) Kline is an Austin based filmmaker and digital arts teacher. Kline is currently making a romantic comedy web series called Jim the Jerk (www.jimbrazina.com). Kline also operates a digital arts summer camp where he instructs 9-18 year olds about iPhoto, Garageband, iMovie, Scratch, and MS Office. Kline has worked as an Assistant Camera/2nd AC on 3 feature films. Kline graduated from the University of Iowa Cinema Program where he produced and DP'd a feature film called Diary of a Superhero which won the Award of Excellence from Iowa Motion Picture Association. www.cordelaine.com
Jon Merrifield has a substantial and active career in the film, advertising and creative media industries. He is an award award winning Visual Effects, Finish and Beauty Artist. In his 30 year career he has worked on over a thousand commercials including many Super Bowl spots, over one hundred music videos including MTV's Music Video of The Year in 2002 and a plethora of big name artists from Beyonce to Smashmouth. In addition, his talents have graced many feature films and television shows as VFX Designer including INNOCENCE released in 2014 and the X-Files from the late 1990’s. Mr. Merrifield currently holds the VFX Supervisor position the VFX/Finish boutique, Peli Studio, based in Austin and connected globally. “Although mastery of the tools helps, the craft is in the person, not in the tools… Let’s get it to blossom”, he likes to say.
Justine Spinoza is an editor and freelance filmmaker in Austin, Texas. Before moving to Austin she spent time in Orlando, FL where she taught editing and motion graphics at Full Sail University. She has worked as a freelance editor and camera op for various local television networks and clients. Justine holds a B.S. in Broadcasting from Southeastern University in Florida. She is an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro instructor in 7 & X (10).
Jeanne Stern is a creative professional and multi-platform artist in digital media, animation, film, video and editing currently working and living in Austin, Texas. Her past work has screened at a variety of festivals and galleries around global including: PBS, The Smithsonian, South by Southwest and Heather Henson's traveling Film Festival. She holds an MFA in Film from the University of Texas and a BA in Studio Art from Connecticut College. She has been teaching both youth and adults within digital art creation and instruction for the past 5+ years including teaching at the University of Texas (Austin).
Christie Dawson has over fifteen years experience as a professional Recruiting Manager for Fortune 100/500 companies and currently works as a Recruiter for Google. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is currently a self-published author and contributing author to an award winning anthology, The Motherhood Diaries. In 2016, Christie’s screenplay placed in the top 15% for Original Dramatic Screenplay in the Nicholls Fellowship and second round in the Austin Film Festival.
Steve Connor graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, where he studied with second generation Abstract Expressionists. For a brief period he created original designs on fabric in the garment district of Manhattan. In Palo Alto California he worked as a graphic designer and art director in an ad agency, and in his own design firms. He was the art director for an online training startup in Austin, TX, and went on to teach at ITT and at local arts non-profits and training centers. He creates and exhibits his abstract paintings locally and online with the Trade Only Design Library. He holds credentials as an instructor for Photoshop and 3ds Max, and is currently teaching digital media, including the Adobe Creative Suite products (After Effects, Premiere and Photoshop), 3D modeling and animation.
Caegan Meagher is a multi-platform artist in motion graphics, visual effects, photography, videography, audio/video editing and workflow management. His client work includes Verizon Wireless, Barnes and Noble, AT&ammp;T, Dell and T-Mobile among others. Additional skills and interests blanket the spectrum in 3D, projection mapping, photogrammetry and VR. His website can be found at: http://www.neondopemachine.com
Cathy Welch has a Master’s Degree in Film Production with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her thesis film, Pickman’s Model, has played at Dobie Mall Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse, and the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, and is currently available on DVD, distributed by Lurker Films. Cathy spent six years in Los Angeles in the 1980s working on feature films, including the Academy Award-winning Kiss of the Spider Woman. She also worked for Hughes Aircraft Company as a post-production supervisor for training films, press releases, and other video product-marketing materials. In addition, Cathy wrote, produced, and directed episodes of a cable television show about personal computers. Cathy’s undergraduate degree is from UT’s prestigious honors program, Plan II. Cathy’s concentration in Plan II was in Zoology. She received special honors for her research on cystic fibrosis. Cathy home schooled her two sons. For the past six years, Cathy has been an adjunct professor at Austin Community College, teaching radio, television, and film courses, including Introduction to TV Technology, Introduction to Radio and Television, Film History, and Film Appreciation. Cathy is also a writing, English, and biology tutor in the Learning Lab at ACC's Northridge Campus. Cathy truly loves working with students and helping them to succeed in both their academic and their artistic endeavors.
Don Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, a Master of Science in Management of Technology College of Business and a PhD in Interdiscipilnary Teaching and Learning. He is currently one of two ASoF's Apple Cerified Final Cut Pro X (Intro, 101 and Advanced) courses.
Virginia Brodie has been in the graphic arts since graduating from Ferris State University with a degrees in Printing and Education. She has been an Adobe Certified trainer for the last 15 years and has regularly placed in the top 5 highest rated Adobe trainers in the world. She loves taking pictures and expresses herself artistically through compositing images using Photoshop as her medium.
Kirk Hunter has 26 years of experience and knowledge of film and video. Kirk has a technical expertise of Digital, Super 8, 16 mm, and 35 mm film formats and his work has been screened in multiple festivals, museums, and galleries.
Interns & Volunteers
Carolanna Bravenec is a born and raised Austinite! She is currently a senior at Texas State University, pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Public Relations. With a strong tie to the Austin community and an innate fondness for the art of film, Carolanna is thrilled to be a part of the ASoF team.