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.


Spencer Mirabal (Community Coordinator) was born in Portland, Oregon, and has a BA in Film & Photography from Montana State University - Bozeman. His thesis short film la violencia en colombia. was accepted in the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest in 2015, and is currently in Post-Production for his next short film, COFFEE + TACOS. Spencer is also a member of Chicon Street Poets, a nonprofit literary arts organization, where he serves as their videographer and performs poetry at their monthly open mic night from his chapbook that he is in the pursuit of publishing.

Emily Keene (bio coming soon.)


Instructors & Artists

Carrie Cates has a Radio-TV-Film degree from Indiana State University and studied film theory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Currently, she the Community Director at Motion Media Arts Center and a local Austin indie filmmaker. She has produced 3 feature length films, Summer League, Wind & Rain, and Intrusion Disconnected and many short films since moving to Austin, Texas in 2011. She the co-founder of the Austin Youth Film Fest is always looking for new ways to use technology to bridge communication gaps in production.

Faiza Kracheni is a multimedia artist and musician living and working in Austin, Texas. Her work primarily focuses with film, in such formats as Super 8, 16mm and 35mm drawing inspiration for her work from subculture movements such as punk, fetish, and religion/ritual. Her work has screened in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Oklahoma and Austin. She is currently working on a new film to premiere in Summer 2017.

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 ( 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. 

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).

Matthew Koshmrl is a filmmaker and cinematographer born and raised in Minnesota. After graduating with a B.A. in film production from Emerson College, he moved to Daegu, South Korea where he continued his work as a filmmaker at Daegu Compass, an arts & culture magazine. Matthew has worked as a DP on short films that have screened throughout South Korea and the USA, including the Austin FF, Daegu Independent Short FF, and the Minneapolis St. Paul IFF. Spring of 2016 Matthew was commissioned by the National Science Foundation to travel to the Antarctic Peninsula to film a paleontological expedition. He is now working on a documentary to be coproduced with the Carnegie Museum about the evolution of dinosaurs in Antarctica and the paleontological process in extreme climates. As an MFA candidate at the University of Texas in Austin, Matthew focused on documentary films that explore the evolution of tradition, individual and national identity, and unseen processes. He is currently finishing his first feature documentary film, Dokdo: Lone Island which covers the disputed sovereignty over Dokdo, an island that has been one of the greatest points of contention between South Korea and Japan since the end of WWII.

 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&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:

 Cathy Welch has a Master’s Degree in Communication with a major in film production and 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 from Lurker Films and from Netflix. For the past thirteen years, Cathy has been an adjunct professor at Austin Community College, teaching radio, television, and film courses, including Writing for Radio-Television-Film, Film History, Film Appreciation, Introduction to Television Technology, and Introduction to Radio-Television-Film. Cathy is also an Instructional Associate for English and writing in the Learning Lab at ACC's Northridge Campus. Cathy truly loves working with filmmakers and students and helping them to succeed in both their artistic and their academic 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.

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.

Todd Thompson is a sound engineer and professional musician with degrees in Media Production from Florida State University and Recording Arts from the University of Southern California. He has his M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas where he is currently a lecturer of undergraduate audio production classes as well as a freelance mixer of student films. His professional credits include audio work on the recent feature films Hateship/Loveship (dir. Liza Johnson), To the Wonder (dir. Terrence Malick), The Hot Flashes and The Boynton Beach Club (dir. Susan Seidelman). He directed and edited the short documentary “A Lifetime in Repair” which played at the Austin Film Festival and took 1st place in the Graduate Student Assembly Film Showcase at UT. He owns the Austin recording studio Dharma Bomb Studios and is also a singer/songwriter in the the Austin band The Memphis Strange.

 Lara Milhazes moved to Austin, Texas from Portugal in 2014 and is currently living + working in the lone star state. In Portugal, she developed many skills in event production, film production, animation, VJ, and video mapping. Since moving to the US, she has assisted on developing and co-teaching animation and film classes at various organizations including Austin School of Film. She also has worked with such places such as Monstra Fest and Curtas Fest and producing professional workshops from artist/VJ as part of EYEON. Some of her favorite hobbies include surfing and paddle boarding on town lake.

 Illyana Bocanegra is a videomaker and content producer in Austin, Texas. Her focus is in documentary filmmaking and storytelling. Her experience working with non-profits such as E4Youth, Studium, and #bossbabesATX, guides her work to focus on community, the arts, and young people. She currently is working on a web series with poet Julian Copado about the lives of three young, latinx, adults living their parent's American dream.

E.J. Enriquez is an Austin, TX based cinematographer whose work encompasses a variety of genres and formats, giving unique perspective in his craft. His experiences behind the camera range from commercial fashion spots, international feature documentaries as well as narrative shorts and features that have screened around the world including Sundance, Berlinale, LAFF, SXSW and IFFBoston among others.

Luke Adams is a local filmmaker and Austin native. Luke graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film, where he focused on cinematography and live action 3D production. Luke currently freelances in Austin filming music videos and working on indie film sets as a DP and Gaffer.

Rhitu Basu received her MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She came to filmmaking via documentary photography, and has a continued passion for that medium. As a filmmaker, her goal is always, first and foremost, to tell a good story - but a story that also, in one way or another, centers the voice and vision of the marginalized and/or post-colonial experience. Her short films have screened at festivals from the local SXSW/Austin Filmmakers’ Showcase to the Harlem International Film Festival. Rhitu - who was once a software engineer - was born in India, raised in Zimbabwe, and now lives and works in Austin, Texas.