The Video/Film Production Minor is designed for students who want to focus on the production of media projects, including video, film, new media, and installation art utilizing media. It will serve as a minor degree for preparation for graduate school or a career in media production.
Jonathan Berman is an Associate Professor in the School of Arts. His non-fiction feature films explore subculture and identity, challenging how alternative people, groups and ideas are represented in media. His film, "Commune," (2006), delves into a seminal 1960’s commune who ultimately discover that each person has their own idea of utopia. The film premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, and played in movie theaters, top festivals, and on the Sundance Channel and Netflix.
Berman began his career as an assistant film editor in Manhattan working on documentaries, art films, and genre projects. His first directorial effort, "The Shvitz" (1994) is a popular exploration of the last traditional American steambaths that was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and released on DVD by New Video. "My Friend Paul" (1999), his second documentary, is an edgy look at the intersection of mental illness, friendship, and crime. It was made with ITVS, a part of PBS, and favorably reviewed by the NY Times and other publications.
Berman is a graduate of McGill University in Montréal (BA). He received a Master's degree from Bard College (MFA), and has taught filmmaking at Sarah Lawrence College. Grants include support from the NY State Council on Arts, NY Council for the Humanities, and the Jerome Foundation; screenings and festivals include the Jerusalem Film Festival, Amsterdam Documentary Festival, Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic, South By Southwest, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and ARTE and other European public TV networks.
Other producing work includes the Discovery Network series "Maternity Ward" for New York Times Television; co-producing a documentary on avant-garde jazz, "Sabbath In Paradise," and the nature documentary "Chant of Paradise." Story credits include the fiction dark comedy film "On the Run."
Berman's current project "People of Earth," explores the legacy of George Van Tassel and his fantastical Integratron dome near Joshua Tree, California. The project uses the story to consider the how 20th century technology intersected with belief in Southern California counterculture.
Kristine Diekman, Professor of Arts and Technology in the School of Art, joined California State University San Marcos in 1997. She serves as Director of Video in the Community and Co-Director of the William F. Keck Foundation funded American Indian Digital Media & Culture Project. A media artist and leader of collaborative vision and social change, Professor Diekman has more than 30 years of experience producing, directing and editing award-winning films and media projects. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work that has been shown and distributed internationally. She has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, California Arts Council, California Humanities, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Paul Robison Foundation, amongst others. She has spoken on her work in conference and invited panels in through Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North American. In 2016, Professor Kristine Diekman was awarded the prestigious California State University’s Wang Family Excellence Award. The Wang Family Excellence Award recognizes and celebrates four outstanding CSU faculty members and one outstanding staff member who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions to the CSU. Professor Diekman earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Sculpture and her Bachelor of Special Studies from Cornell College in Chinese Studies. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and is recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa award.
Tony Allard works from a trans-media perspective, which encompasses the hybridization of traditional and new mediums incorporated into static and time-based art works. Allard has presented his work internationally and it addresses such issues as the replacement of human vision with machine vision and most recently an artistic exploration of the life sciences and biotech industry’s directed evolution of the human species through genetic engineering. Allard has presented his hybrid media works at such institutions as Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Banff New Media Institute in Banff, Canada and at Grand Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. Allard has produced live radio and Internet audio broadcast performances in Japan, Europe, Canada and the United States and include performances at OK Radio 104.8 FM in Osnabruck, Germany, CIBL FM 101.5 in Montreal, Canada and at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California. In June of 2015 Allard was in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he developed a performance monologue entitled “Mutate or Die”.
Mike Stoltz is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose practice is dictated by process, working directly with the tools of cinema (moving images, sound, special effects, montage and projection) to reexamine the familiar. His works are rooted in a bodily encounter with the subject. This manifests on screen in instances of engaging with performers from behind the camera, chance-based interventions in landscape, moving the camera in concert with architectural structures, or directly addressing the audience through gesture and language.
His 16mm film and video works have screened around the world at such venues as the Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, CROSSROADS, Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independente, and The Mexicali Rose Media Arts Center.
He holds and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, a BA from the University of Florida, and is a member of the Echo Park Film Center Co-op where he programs films and teaches workshops
Jesse Keller is a writer and director. His feature film, Thane of East County (aka Blood Will Have Blood) screened at film festivals around the USA, winning Best Drama at the Poppy Jasper Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the San Diego Film Awards. His screenplay Nix, co-written with Evan Muehlbauer was a finalist at the Script Pipeline screenplay contest, and his screenplay Outlaw Country was a quarterfinalist for the Slamdance Screenplay Competition and a “Second Rounder” for the Austin Film Festival screenplay contest
Jesse is a graduate of the MFA program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Before film school, he wrote websites for plastic surgeons and personal injury lawyers, worked as a robotic monkey operator at a casino, and backpacked around the world. He published a series of stories about his travels in the San Diego Union Tribune.