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Video and Film Production Minor

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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.

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Kristine Diekman


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

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”.


Jonathan Berman

BA, McGill University; MFA, Bard College.

After a series of colorful jobs (club musician, carnival worker, private detective, and banana picker), Jonathan Berman found his calling in film and video, first as an apprentice film editor, and then as a producer, director, writer, editor, and consultant. His documentaries reconsider subculture and identity, challenging how alternative people, groups and ideas are represented.

Calling All Earthlings (2019) explores the rise of desert UFO culture, while Commune (2006) delves into group living, finding the path to utopia strewn with challenges. My Friend Paul (2000) looks at the intersection of mental illness, friendship, and crime. The Shvitz (1994) is a loving portrait of the last traditional steambaths. 

Screenings include Cinema Village and Laemmle Theaters; MOMA; festivals (SXSW, Slamdance, Munich, Jerusalem) and on Netflix, Amazon, Showtime, PBS, and the BBC. 

In 2020 he was a Fulbright Specialist, becoming the first American to advise Burmese (Myanmar) Public Television on their proposed move from state-run to public television.

  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Independent Film and Video
  • Film and Video Editing
  • Story Structure and Writing
  • Media Distribution
  • US and International Cinema 

Rizzhel Javier

Rizzhel Javier

Rizzhel Javier (San Diego, 1983)  is a San Diego based artist and educator.  She graduated college with a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from San Diego State University in 2012.  Rizzhel is an active member of the arts community in the region. Her work explores topics in communication, identity, memory and human relationships.  Trained as a darkroom photography, in the last ten years, Rizzhel has combined her images with sculpture, installation and video.  Her pieces are playful and often require the viewer to interact physically with the work. Through sharing personal stories, Rizzhel hope to engages the viewers memories and personal experiences.

Rizzhel’s recent work is influenced by immigration and travel.  She is currently working on a documentary film, Basura Boyz, which studies the sanitary conditions of her father’s childhood town in the Philippines.  In Philippines in Tj she crossed the border to explore the meaning of home and cultural identity between San Diego and Philippines. She engages with the community with her project Bridge, which creates art to promote community dialogue.  Her goal is to provide site specific curriculums to local programs in need of alternative learning experiences.

Rizzhel has exhibited nationally (Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA) and internationally (Tijuana Institute of Technology, Baja, CA) .  In 2017, she received the Emerging Artist Award by the San Diego Visual Arts Network.

Rizzhel currently works at San Diego City College, teaching darkroom photography. She also works with Pacific Arts Movement, teaching Reel Voices, an award winning Youth Documentary Film program.


Mike Stoltz

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