Our Team

Liz MacNeill
Interim Executive Director
A former student of film and a member of a family of veterans extending back to the revolutionary war, for the past ten years, Liz has been advising nonprofits in strategic planning, general development planning, capital campaigns, and serving in nonprofit interim roles. The first decade of her career was spent in leadership roles in Development at not for profit organizations and Universities. Liz is a Graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University, with a BA in fine arts.

WORKSHOP SUPERVISORS

Kyle Kelley
Kyle is a cinematographer & colorist with extensive experience in both documentary and fiction production. He shoots regularly for Axios on HBO and has shot multiple fiction and documentary features, including Good Ol Girl (official selection, SXSW); While I Breathe, I Hope (Southeast Emmy winner, New Orleans Film Festival, Hot Springs, DocNYC, ); Maggie Black; Uncle Peckerhead; American Experience: Sealab; and forthcoming films It Cuts Deep and Train Keeps A Rolling. https://www.kylekelley.nyc/work


Traven Rice
Traven (www.travenrice.com) is a New York City-based filmmaker devoted to telling stories about the magical moments in our everyday lives. She recently completed the pilot for DIVISION STREET, a digital series focused on a shy, mixed-race young girl who is sent to live with her cranky grandmother in a magical neighborhood in NYC. The pilot has screened in festivals around the world. Rice was nominated for Best Director at Stareable Fest in New York City and Division Street was nominated for best pilot at NY WebFest. She studied at the FAMU Film Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, and at the Vancouver Film School. Her first short film, THE NIGHT TRAM, was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Rice has a foundation in theater, having directed many live productions, including a recent production of Paula Vogel’s INDECENT at Alley Repertory Theater in Boise, Idaho. She is a longtime practitioner of meditation in the Soto Zen tradition.

INSTRUCTORS


Thom Hunt
Thom is a Producer & Writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He has created work for Adult Swim, Comedy Central, IFC, among others. Most of his work is focused on Comedy and Animation Production. He is currently producing a few animated projects plus a series of his own.
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Eden Alexis Martinez
Eden Alexis Martinez (They/Them) is a New York native, Puerto Rican-American filmmaker who’s work explores the chaos, beauty, and ridiculous collision of intersectionality and identity.

Mentored by Alex Karpovsky (Girls) and Chris Chan Roberson (NYU Tisch School of the Arts), Eden spent the subsequent decade dipping her toe into – okay, diving headfirst into – production; learning the ropes by taking every available creative and/or behind-the-camera role available.

Eden’s breadth of industry knowledge and hands-on set experience has allowed her to hone a directorial style entirely her own. In her 8 years of agency experience, Eden worked on countless projects, focusing primarily on docu-style branded content. With @Spot creative, she helmed teams as senior creative producer & director, and worked with clients such as Don Mischer Productions, The 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and Verizon. In 2016 they pursued freelancing as a director and producer. They have since achieved success working on videos for clients such as Vogue, Discovery+, and HGTV.

When they are not working (ha!) you can find Eden rock climbing, hiking with her dog Osita, at Unity Jiu Jitsu School, or in a Brooklyn Kitchen debating Jurassic Park’s rightful place as a seminal classic piece of cinematic history.


Andi Obarski
Andi Obarski is a New York based cinematographer whose work includes short and long form narrative fiction, music videos, web series and commercials. She has shot in South Korea, France, Canada and and is a member of IATSE Local 600, ICFC, Film Powered and CXX Nuwave. I would also probably say that my favorite IWT project was my first one (I forget the title of it but it was my first instructor session in Bedford). Reel: https://vimeo.com/306592391

Jon Olson
Jon Olson is a versatile filmmaker who has been in the field since 2009. In 2015 he co-founded a production company that has primarily made videos for non-profit companies like Kids Against Cancer and the Actuary of New York. He began a second career as a film educator in 2016 when he began teaching for the New York Film Academy. Later that same year he began instructing for the Patton Veterans Project. Hailing from a military family, Jon is sympathetic to veteran issues, and has been continually awed by the cathartic power of filmmaking when expressing traumas of all varieties. Jon can also currently be found discussing his favorite topic, film, on his weekly podcast Views in Paradox.

Chelsey Rogers
Chelsey is a commercial freelance video editor based out of the Carolinas. An Army Brat, she grew up moving around different bases in the south and overseas, but considers Ft. Bragg, NC home. She graduated with a double degree in Photography and Digital Media Arts – Cinema from John Brown University, and enjoys shooting documentary style short films. Editing is one of her true passions, using Adobe Premiere and Final Cut.
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Dani Tenenbaum
Dani began making movies in Israel and refined his craft at Minshar film school. His short film “Guides” was accepted into a variety of international film festivals including the Jerusalem Film Festival and the San Francisco shorts festival as well as winning the grand prize at the New York Indie Works short festival. After moving to New York City, Dani continued to make compelling cinema, winning a cinematography award for the short ‘Zoe’ in the 48 Hours International Film Festival. He continues to create a buzz for himself both in New York and Israel.

Zach Timm
Zach is a NYC based filmmaker/digital media creator dedicated to using different mediums for telling stories. As well as doing work for NYPL, SXSW and a number of other companies he is a founding member of the film collective, Filmshop and manages the social media for Patton Veterans Project. https://www.zachtimm.com/
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