20 / 20 / 20 Film Program: Faculty
Producer, Co-Founder, Killer Films
Christine Vachon has produced over seventy films in less than twenty years, including Far from Heaven (four Academy Award nominations), Boys Don’t Cry (Academy Award Winner), and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Sundance Film Festival). Killer Films executive produced the Todd Haynes miniseries, Mildred Pierce (featuring Kate Winslet), for HBO. In 2011 Killer Films partnered with Moxie Pictures to create the talent management firm KillerMoxie Management. The company has offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Christine has been a Jury Member of the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), the Sundance Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, and the Sarajevo Film Festival. She has been awarded an Emmy, the National Board of Review Producers Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, and the Provincetown International Film Festival Filmmaker on the Edge Award.
Robert Reeves, Associate Provost of the Southampton Graduate Arts Campus, is overseeing the MFA in Creative Writing expansion. In addition to the new MFA in Theatre, the campus will be offering a publishing venture, TSR Books, as well as a fine arts print venture, TSR Editions. Reeves is the founding publisher of TSR: The Southampton Review, an award-winning national literary and arts journal, which regularly features original works by writers and artists such as W.S. Merwin, Alan Alda, Eric Fischl and April Gornik, alongside the work of students and alumni.
As Founding Director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, as well as Director of the esteemed Southampton Writers Conference, Reeves has recruited a large number of distinguished faculty, including former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Frank McCourt, Meg Wolitzer, Roger Rosenblatt, Julie Andrews, David Rakoff, Elizabeth Strout, Richard Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tom Wolfe.
A large number of Southampton’s MFA graduates have gone to highly successful careers in publishing and the arts. Soon-to be added will be a graduate program in digital filmmaking. Stony Brook Southampton offers courses in both Southampton and Manhattan, as well as winter courses in Florence, Italy, and Turkana Basin, Kenya. Semester by the Sea Honors Writing Program is a special addendum for undergraduates.
The author of two critically acclaimed novels, Doubting Thomas and Peeping Thomas, Reeves has also written screenplays, short fiction, essays, and literary criticism. Reeves, who has taught at Harvard and Princeton, holds a B.A. and M.A. from Harvard University.
Screenwriter and Memoirist
In the 11 years Alan Alda starred in the television series M*A*S*H, he was nominated for 21 Emmy Awards, winning five. He wrote (or co-wrote) 20 episodes and he was the first person to win Emmy Awards for acting, writing, and directing for the same series. In addition to his Emmys, Alda has won the Writer’s Guild Award twice and received the coveted Humanitas Award for writing the “Dreams” episode of M*A*S*H (from a story by Alda and James Jay Rubinfier). His first memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, was published by Random House in September 2005. His latest book is Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself.
JON ROBIN BAITZ
Playwright and Screenwriter
Jon Robin Baitz is the author of a number of plays including The Substance of Fire, A Fair Country, Ten Unknowns, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Three Hotels, and The Paris Letter. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Drama Desk winner, Humanitas winner, a Guggenheim and an NEA Fellow. Mr Baitz created the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters and has written for The West Wing. He also adapted his play The Substance of Fire for the screen, as well as the screenplay for the Al Pacino movie, People I Know. He is a founding member of Naked Angels Theatre Company, and on the faculty of the New School's graduate drama division. Most recently, Mr. Baitz has had a tremendously successful run of his play, Other Desert Cities, at Lincoln Center Theatre.
Assistant Producer, Faculty Coordinator, Stony Brook Manhattan
Magdalene Brandeis is a Producer, Novelist, Director of Manhattan Programming, and visiting assistant professor in Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA Program. She teaches writing and filmmaking, curates the Manhattan Writers Speak series with editor Daniel Menaker, and she created "Bob's Writing Shack" for the program's YouTube Channel. Formerly a development assistant at various studios, she has translated and adapted French films and produced television series for ABC, AMC, Bravo, and MTV. Her novel, Stone Fruit, has been excerpted in The East Hampton Star and TSR: The Southampton Review. Her memoir, A Reader of Signs, has been excerpted in TSR: The Southampton Review. She holds a BA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and an MFA in Writing and Literature from Stony Brook Southampton.
ANNETTE HANDLEY CHANDLER
Producer, Author and Screenwriter
Annette Handley Chandler is the Director of the Southampton Screenwriting Conference and teaches Screenwriting through the MFA Writing & Literature program of Stony Brook Southampton. She has produced films for Paramount Pictures, Disney, PBS, ABC and CBS. In 2002, she won an Emmy as Executive Producer of Ansel Adams: A Documentary, directed by Ric Burns. A former literary agent, Ms. Handley Chandler was also a programming executive for ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles, overseeing development and the production of 20 films in four years. A member of WGA West, she has taught screenwriting at UCLA and Pepperdine University. She has written, directed and produced the East End’s Plum TV documentary on vintner/sculptor Walter Channing. She is presently in development on a limited series and a documentary.
Sound Designer, Lighting Designer, Broadcast Engineer
Peter Eilenberg started as a sound designer for plays and musicals. He has worked his way from stage to screen, working and training professionals in nearly all production roles required by digital film production. A graduate of Southampton College, most recently Peter served as national Director of Broadcast Operations for Plum TV.
Cartoonist, Playwright and Screenwriter
Jules Feiffer’s Pulitzer-winning and internationally syndicated cartoon ran for 42 years in the Village Voice. His sensibility permeates a wide range of creative work: from his Obie-winning play Little Murders, to his screenplay for Carnal Knowledge, to his Oscar-winning anti-military short subject animation Munro. Other works include the Tony nominee Knock Knock, and the Pulitzer nominee Grown-Ups, as well as his screenplays for Popeye and I Want to Go Home, best screenplay winner at the Venice Film Festival. Taking inspiration from his three daughters, he has reinvented himself as a children’s book author with the award-winning books, Bark George, I Lost My Bear, and The Man in the Ceiling.
Film Critic, Biographer, Essayist
Neal Gabler is the author of four books: An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, and Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Vanity Fair, Esquire, Playboy, Newsweek, and Vogue, and he has been the recipient of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Time magazine's nonfiction book of the year, USA Today's biography of the year, a National Book Critics Circle nomination, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Public Policy Scholarship at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Shorenstein Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Patrick Henry Fellowship at Washington College's C.V. Starr Center. He has also served as the chief nonfiction judge of the National Book Awards.
A winner of the Director's Guild Award and four Emmy Awards for Directing and the Webby. Mitchell Kriegman began his diverse career as a fiction writer and independent filmmaker. He has written screenplays for Columbia, Rogue Universal, Disney and the Jim Henson Company. In the 1980s, he joined the team of Saturday Night Live as a writer and their first digital short filmmaker. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, the Kitchen Center, The London Institute of Contemporary Art, MOMA and others. He has received grants for his work from American Film Institute, NEA and the MacDowell Colony. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, the National Lampoon, New York Press, Army Man, Glamour and Harper's Bazaar. Kreigman is the creator of Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All and was the executive head writer for Ren and Stimpy, Rugrats and Doug. He has written primetime sitcom pilots at CBS, FOX, ABC.
Simone Pero is a corporate communications executive and founder of For Impact Productions, a strategy firm specializing in outreach and marketing campaigns for media and entertainment companies, independent films, and ground-breaking nonprofit and government initiatives. Simone’s executive positions have included Vice President for Corporate Communications at MTV, Director of Communication and Marketing at Rainbow Media/Cablevision, and Vice President, External Affairs for the Taproot Foundation. Simone began her career in public policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and also served on the advance team for the Clinton/Gore ’96 Presidential campaign. On the film front, Simone has worked with acclaimed filmmakers including Jennifer Fox, Judith Helfand, and Alice Elliott and she is currently working on the outreach campaign for the Sundance hit Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. Ms. Pero co-produced the award-winning Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy broadcast on PBS, which was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination. Ms. Pero serves on the Board of Directors for New York Women in Film and Television and is an alumna of the Sundance Institute Producers Conference. She holds a BA from Stony Brook and an MA from the University at Albany.
Playwright and Screenwriter
Partial list of credits: For the stage: Aven’u Boys (The Houseman, Obie Award); Hope Is The Thing With Feathers (The Drama Dept); The King Of Connecticut, The Talk, The Alarm, The Democracy Project (all with Naked Angels); Kaos (New York Stage and Film.) Regional: The Crazy Girl, Matty’s Place (NY Stage and Film, Gloucester Stage). Film: Born to Run (Fox); Undefeated (Hart-Sharp, HBO); Shot in the Heart (directed by Agineszka Holland, produced by Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana). Television: Night of the Living Dead, Homicide (WGA Award); Love and Blood, Fallen Angels (Cable Ace Nomination), Street-time, The Beat, Law and Order, Borgias and Copper. Frank teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Columbia University, Yale, and at The New School. He is on the nominating committee for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project. He was the former Artistic Director and is a current member of Naked Angels. He is also a member of The Drama Dept., and The Writer’s Group.
Art Director, Screenwriter, Consultant, Producer
Dane Pizzuti Krogman was the CEO of Artdemo Inc., a special effects company with offices in Chicago and Minneapolis. The company designed and constructed sets, props, and mechanical effects for over 1,000 television commercials and numerous feature films. The company won three Clio awards for set design. He has won screenwriting awards for his spec scripts, two of which have been optioned and one that was adapted into the Australian film titled, Australia. His current company, UNU LLC. (United Noodles Unlimited) is writing and producing shows for television. He has taught theater, filmmaking, set design, Asian cinema history, and art direction at the College of Charleston, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was founding Dean of Broadview Entertainment Arts University in Salt
Lake City. In 2002 he won the Grand Prize for the best graphic novel at the Hiroshima manga competition. He also works part time as a crew member on a NASCAR Grand-Am Rolex series race team.
Kathleen Russo is a producer of film, theater and radio. Currently she is Executive Director of HERE'S THE THING with Alec Baldwin for WNYC, a ntionally syndicated radio show and podcast. She is the Special projects Coordinator for SUNY Stony Brook, Southampton campus. Film credits include Executive producer for AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE and GRAY'S ANATOMY, both directed by academy award winning director Steven Soderbergh. Russo's theater credits include co-directing SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL (a play based on her husband's work) which ran for six months off broadway and toured across the country and the U.K. She is a key note speaker for suicide prevention conferences around the country. From 1990-2004, Kathleen was an artist manager at various agencies from Columbia Artists to Washington Square Films. She graduated from RIT with a BFA in Photo Illustration in 1986. She resides in Sag Harbor and is the mother of three children.