Alumni Accomplishments

Alumni Accomplishments

“I use the filmmaking knowledge I garnered at Santa Fe every day to communicate with filmmakers, writers, producers, and other creative
executives.” —Joe Matukewicz, senior vice president, acquisitions, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

“When you have to throw out a story and come up with a new one overnight, it’s great that there are ten really smart, funny people there to help you do it. Ultimately, it’s great to be creative and funny for your job. I try not to take that for granted.” —Joe Wiseman, writer/producer for 1600 Penn

2014 Accomplishments

Brett Shapiro (‘13) was named Creative Director at Cosmic Forces and has launched a kickstarter campaign to fund Bizenghast, an RPG adventure.

Josh James (’13) was named the producer’s assistant on Manhattan, a new TV drama series produced by Tribune Studios, Skydance Television and Lionsgate Television. Production on the series, filmed adjacent to the SFUAD campus, began in January.

Aaron Natewa (’12) was hired on A&E’s Longmire.

2013 Accomplishments

Michael Tyburski (‘06), alumnus of SFUAD’s Film School (then the College of Santa Fe’s Moving Image Arts department) was named as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in a July article by Filmmaker Magazine.

Kaylee Carson (’12) is office production assistant on the new NBC sitcom pilot “The Mason Twins.” She’s been working regularly in TV series production offices since heading out to L.A. after graduation.

Daniel Woiwode (’12) has been working as colorist on the documentary “Black Beauty Breed” and DIT on “What Do Men Do 2,” directed by Sarik Andreasyan.

Raji Mandelkorn (’08, Documentary Studies) was a co-producer of the 2013 film Muscle Shoals (Magnolia Pictures), a 2013 Sundance and South by Southwest (SXSW) selection.

Paul Rogers (’06) has been working for the Alabama Public Television as their Documentary Film Editor for the past six years. During this time, he was nominated for four, and won three 2013 Southeast Emmy Awards that took place in Atlanta. Categories included Editor-Program for The Durrs of Montgomery; Documentary-Historical for The Durrs of Montgomery, and Lighting for APT Circle.

Aaron Natewa (‘13) wrote, shot, and edited the Zuni Visitor and Arts Center’s new welcome video.

Damon Toledo (‘13) is reporter, photographer and videographer for the Southern Ute Drum, operating out of Southern Colorado.

Jesse Gee (‘04) has been working on special effects on A-list movies, including Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3 and The Avengers.

Ben Callahan, (‘06), is a feature film editor who has also worked as first assistant editor on Underworld: Awakening (2012) and Swing Vote (2008), among others.

2012 Accomplishments

Kaylee Carson (’12) became an office production assistant on the ABC show The Neighbors. She is based in Los Angeles.

Danny Gura, Jr. (‘12) won an award for “Three Stools,” the short film he co-created with Christian Horning and Scott Stebbins, at the Three Minute Film Festival 2012 in May. Gura’s short film “Placed” is now making the rounds of film festivals.

Along with Gura, Vincent Gagnepain (‘11) and Eric Mondragon (‘11) also screened their short films during the Three Minute Film Fest on May 19 at the Lensic theatre in Santa Fe. Gagnepain showed “A Sad Day” and Mondragon showed “Do Not Walk Outside This Area.” Gagnepain is working with a group of filmmakers to create Region Zero, a nonprofit production company, while sending his latest film,
“Delicious Pound Cake,” out to film festivals.

John O’Connor (‘12) showed an untitled illustration at currents 2012 this summer to illustrate a real-time explosion of colors and shapes and take viewers on a visual and sonic adventure.

Daniel Woiwode (‘12) and Elena Ortiz (‘12) also showed work at currents 2012.

Nathan Hollis (‘12) is earning a master’s degree in film in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Jason Natzke (‘11) showed his film Fixative at the 2012 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). He was also a production assistant on the most recent season of Mike and Molly.

Adela Chavez (‘10) is an editor for The After After Party, a late-night television show featuring host Steven Michael Quezada in Albuquerque, N.M.

James Jenkins (‘10) has been creating titles and design work for corporate clients in New York City.

Tristan Love (‘09) and James Longmire (‘09), as part of the production company Color Chart, are making music videos, commercials, and corporate spots.

Jason Jaacks (‘09) received a National Geographic Explorers grant in 2012.

Cory Metcalf (‘09) co-founded the interactive media group NoiseFold with David Stout. The pair works at the intersection of moving image, music, and visual arts to create live cinema performances, interactive video installations, animated films, and electroacoustic music scores. NoiseFold has performed at the UNESCO Creative Cities Summit, the New York Electronic Arts Festival, Interactive Futures in Victoria, the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles, and TEDx at the Denver Art Museum.

Spencer Neale (‘09) has served as Adjunct Professor of Cinema for Virginia Commonweath University, after earning his MFA at VCU.

Emily Barker (‘09) is an art educator for non-profit groups in San Antonio.

Peter Grendle (‘08), manager of The Screen, released his latest film, Blood Soaked, in May. He wrote and directed the film, while Tyler King (‘08) served as cinematographer and editor. The cast includes actors John O’Connor (‘12), Harmony McGivney (‘11), Tiernan O’Rourke (‘11), Paige Reilly (‘11), Garth Fitzpatrick (‘10), Joe LeConte (‘08), and Laina Smith (‘07). Joe LeConte worked as a grip for the movie. (LeConte also worked on special effects for the 2010 movie MacGruber.)

Xaq Webb’s (‘08) Mortality Play, the book/musical he co-authored, was developed in an intensive lab setting in June at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre in New Haven, Conn. The book is inspired by theatre that interacts with audiences in strange and exciting ways. Webb has worked as a producer and theatrical administrator across the United States

Kent Bridgeman (‘07) is the assistant technical manager at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

Anna (Ramey) Borden (‘06), Colin Borden, and Ben Callahan (‘07) are making short films, trailers, and commercials under the banner of Red Cube Pictures in Los Angeles. Neil Lee Thompsett (‘06) is a stereoscopic compositor at Prime Focus in Los Angeles.

Matthew Herbert (‘06) is a master’s student at The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Medford,Mass. His current research focuses on the nature and development of violence related to drug trafficking violence in Mexico. He previously worked as a threats analyst, dealing with transnational armed groups, drug rafficking, and human trafficking issues. He has also contributed to The Huffington Post.

Anna Grace Carpenter (‘05) has been publishing short fiction after working as a graphic designer and Web designer.

Jacob Snovel (‘05) is coordinator of online learning for Oklahoma’s Department of Career and Technology Education.

Zach Tow (‘05) is the creative director of Howlin’ Wolf Records.

Jessica Ramos (‘05) has worked as second assistant camera for Celeste and Jesse Forever, Breaking Bad, and other film and TV titles.

Jonathan Deiner (‘01) is the production coordinator on the television series GCB. The show features a recently widowed mother of two who moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up to find herself in the midst of salacious gossip and fraud. Deiner worked as a production coordinator for more than 80 episodes of ABC’s television show Brothers and Sisters from 2007 through 2011.

Sean Rourke (‘96) works as a visual effects editor for the company Digiscope. His past projects include the feature films Green Lantern (2011) and The Book of Eli (2010).

Natalia Almeda (’95) was named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow in September. She is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of Altamura Films, which is based in New York and Mexico City. She recently completed El Velador (The Night Watchman) about a protagonist who watches over the mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords.

Matt McCormick (‘95) released The Great Northwest in 2012, an experimental documentary that recreates a 3,200 mile road trip made in 1958 by four Seattle women who documented their journey through an elaborate scrapbook of photos, postcards, and brochures. The Great Northwest explores how the landscape, architecture, and culture of the Pacific Northwest have changed over the past 50 years.

2011 Accomplishments

Jason Jaacks (‘09) and Clare Rok (‘09) were awarded a $6,000 grant from the SPREAD 2.0 competition at SITE Santa Fe in October 2011 for their Reel Youth Stories Project at De Vargas Middle School. The project empowered youth to tell their stories through “tabletop
filmmaking,” an innovative approach that adapts the filmmaking process to fit the size of a table. He also received a Review Santa Fe Award in 2011. Rok is the deputy campus director for Citizen Schools at De Vargas Middle School in Santa Fe.

Ari Aster (‘08)
earned his MFA in Directing at the prestigious American Film Institute in Hollywood; his thesis film, The Strange Thing About the Johnsons, premiered at Slamdance and has screened at various film festivals. Aster is now putting together his first feature.

Liza Bambenek (‘99) was a camera operator on Longmire,

Bassist Paul Collins (‘08), along with his fellow Beirut band members Zach Condon, Ben Lanz, Nick Petree, and Kelly Pratt, released the album The Rip Tide Aug. 30, 2011, on Condon’s Pompeii Records.

Brad Klopman (‘08), producer of the documentary Best Worst Movie, was part of the production crew on the horror film Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws.

Lydia Sudall (‘08) worked as a gaffer on the set of the Oscar-winning short film God of Love in 2010. In 2011, she worked as an electrician for the production of the feature film Leaving Circadia.

Abbey Luck (‘07) is an animator and director working in New York City; her animated films have won awards at film festivals and in other competitions.

Ryan Mack (‘07) is an associate producer at MTV Networks and at Psyop, a New York– and Los Angeles–based advertising agency firm that creates print, animation, and multimedia campaigns.

Shane Duckworth (‘05) directed a music video for “Do Right,” a song by Duality, a hip-hop group of which Paul Rivers Bailey (‘05) is a member.

Matt Page (‘05) won an audience award for Guy Walks into a Bar, his entry in the 2011 Albuquerque 48 Hour Film Project. He has completed the first season of Enter the Dojo, a Web series garnering worldwide acclaim. Page founded Riffraff New Media in 2006, a video production company that works on a range of projects from commercials to independent films.

Angel Sierra (‘04) has been writing for and CBS Interactive since earning his MA in Screenwriting at UCLA.

Jesse Gee (‘03), a sculptor, photographer, musician, and special effects make-up artist, was a model maker for the movies Cowboys & Aliens and Real Steel.

Lacy Boggs (‘03) is an editor for Colorado’s Yellow Scene magazine.

Joseph Matukewicz (‘97), formerly the vice president of acquisitions and co-productions at Paramount Vantage and senior vice president of worldwide acquisitions at Relativity Media, was named Senior Vice President of film acquisitions for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

Trey Burvant (‘95) and Colin Walker (‘95) were featured in the season two finale of HBO’s Treme, which takes place in New Orleans, La.

Graham Robertson (‘95) worked as a set dresser on the 2011 film The Resident, starring Hilary Swank. He also worked on the movies Old School and Punch-Drunk Love.

2010 Accomplishments

Chris Ray (‘01) was a post-producer/supervising editor on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Simple Life, and The Real World.

William Alton (‘95) is the director of design at Paramount Pictures Recreation.

Keri Bruno (‘95) was second assistant director on Shallow Hal, Lady in the Water, and Funny People.

Kent Kubena (‘94) is the senior vice president of development and production at Thunder Road Pictures and a co-producer of Project Greenlight.

2009 Accomplishments

Liza Bambenek (‘99) was a camera operator on the film Brothers. Previously, she was also was a camera operator on No Country for Old Men and Employee of the Month, and Longmire.

Stephanie Rogers-Murphy (‘93) served as a digital artist on the 2009 movies G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra and Star Trek. Her previous work includes Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Golden Compass, and Speed Racer.