Adjunct Faculty

Chiam Bianco
Shane Book
Michael Burri
Alison Crouse
Matthew Feltman
David Freese
Dan Friedlaender
Eugene Haynes
Jennie Hirsh
Michael Johnston
Byron Karabotsos
Byron Lee
Doris Chia-ching Lin
Brian Mann
Amy Olk
Louis Pepe
Keir Politz
Sloan Seale
Pershen Vaziri
Brandon Watz

CHIAM BIANCO is a motion graphics artist with more than 10 years of experience working for clients such as AT&T, Motorola, Lucent, Morgan Stanley, J. P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, IMS, Merck, Andover, Johns Hopkins University, Sony, Universal and the History and Discovery channels. He has worked on several films, including Lost in La Mancha, Roadside Picnic and Universal Signs. He teaches advanced screenwriting and 3D animation at Temple University.

MICHAEL BURRI studied with Andries Deinum, an early collaborator of Joris Ivens and co-founder of Film Quarterly. Burri holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, with a specialization in Central Europe, and has published scholarly articles in The German Review, The Austrian History Yearbook and New German Critique, and journalism in leading Czech dailies, and in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post Gazette. He recently contributed an essay and seven film capsules to World Film Locations: Vienna, ed. Robert von Dassonowsky (Intellect 2012).

ALISON CROUSE is a filmmaker and photographer living and working in Philadelphia. She received her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia, and her BFA in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Two of Alison’s recent photographic works will be published in the fall 2012 release of the International Photography Annual I, an international publication of contemporary photography and lens-based art. She is one of fifty-five artists representing ten countries from around the world. My Cells are Red Bananas, her current production, follows eight-year-old Sakaiyah and her struggle with sickle cell anemia. Told largely from the child’s perspective, the film aims to validate Sakaiyah’s experience and to provide her with a deeper understanding of her illness. Additionally, the feature-length documentary seeks to promote discussion, to raise awareness in those who are unfamiliar with the life-threatening disease, and to implement fun and creative strategies in an effort to educate youth and their families about sickle cell disease. Alison’s previous narrative and documentary works have been screened, broadcast and distributed nationally. Her 2009 short A Song of Fishes debuted internationally in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.
For more on Alison and her work, please visit her web site.


DAVID FREESE is the photographer/author of the book West Coast: Bering to Baja, a 5000 mile photographic journey along the West Coast of North America from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.  For over thirty years, David worked as a freelance assignment photographer shooting corporate/industrial and editorial photography on location. He also worked as a contract photographer for Gamma Liaison in New York City and for Zuma Press in San Clemente, California. Always engaged in his personal work, David now devotes his full attention to his fine art photography projects and to his teaching in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University. He has previously taught at Saint Joseph’s University, Moore College of Art, Drexel University and was the founder and director of the photography program at Burlington County College where he taught for 25 years and received the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for outstanding contributions to teaching, leadership and learning. His work has been published in Communication Arts, Photo District News, Photo Insider, View Camera, Polaroid International, Smithsonian Air and Space, MIT Technology Review and Popular Photography. His photographs are in the collections of the Allentown Art Museum, Center for the Study of Place, Cleveland Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Haggerty Museum of Art, Haverford College, Library of Congress, the Polaroid Collection and the University of Wyoming Art Museum as well as in numerous corporate art collections. David has now started work on a companion book to West Coast: Bering to Baja. The working title is East Coast: Arctic to Tropic and it will explore the threats and dangers of climate change to this region. To help realize this project David was awarded a 2013 artist grant in photography by the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation and he was awarded a 2014 grant in photography by the Puffin Foundation. David has also received both a Fellowship in the Visual Arts and a Special Opportunity Stipend from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as well as a Polaroid Artist Support Grant. He was selected as a participant in the Arctic Circle Expeditionary Residency in June, 2014. He met with twenty-six other artists of varying disciplines in Longyearbyen, Svalbard – a Norwegian archipelago – about 800 miles from the North Pole – where they worked and sailed the islands for 18 days. He is a member of SPE, Society for Photographic Education, and a member and former president of the Philadelphia Chapter of ASMP, American Society of Media Photographers.

EUGENE HAYNES, throughout his career in film and video production, has assumed the role of conduit. Providing access to the process of filmmaking is the through-line, which has guided both his career choices and professional development. Empowering storytellers with the skills, tools and resources to create and tell their own stories is vital in giving voice to artist and communities, which often find themselves disenfranchised by not being represented fairly or accurately in popular media. As the Film & Media Arts Internship Program Director, he works closely with undergraduate students to identify strategic, meaningful hands-on work experiences with both regional and national media professionals and outlets each semester. Students participating in the program develop career-launching tools for competitively packaging their skills and experiences for future industry employment. In addition to facilitating the internship program, he teaches the Topics in Film Studies course, Fade to Black, an examination of African American cinematic images, music and fashion in narrative Independent/ Hollywood cinema. Prior to coming to Temple, Eugene was the Director of Production and Acquisitions at USA Films (now known as Focus Features) and partnered with both emerging and established filmmakers to prepare script packages for acquisition and completed works for distribution. Films he prepared include The Addiction by Abel Ferrar, Girls Town by Jim McKay, Kicked in the Head by Matthew Harrison, Trippin by David Raynr and Boricua’s Bond by Val Lik. While at USA Films he represented the company at film festivals all over the world, including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. Eugene also served as Festival Artistic Director of the International Jamerican Film and Music Festival, with actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. This festival was voted by E! Entertainment Television as “One of the 10 Best” International Film Festivals. Celebrity participants include Howard Fine, Alfre Woodard, Lynn Whitfield, Vivica A. Fox, Kristin Scott Thomas, Roger Moore, Richard Roundtree, Patti Labelle and many more. His most recent project, The Adventures of Teddy P. Brains is an award winning 3D animated feature film for kids that been featured at film festivals and on television. Eugene currently serves COO of Fourth and One Productions Inc. and as an advisory board member on the Kensington CAPA Occupational Advisory Board for the School District of Philadelphia.

DORIS CHIA-CHING LIN  is a filmmaker, multimedia artist, and set designer from Taiwan. After she finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts at National Sen-Yat Sun University in Taiwan, she received her Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. Her work explores the interdisciplinary aspects of cinema, theater, and design and investigates time-based media, live performance and installation arts. Her thesis short film, Maquette 1:1000 won the Best Graduate Film Award at Temple University. Her screen adaptation, Drop Dead Gorgeous, was selected for several national film festivals including the Philadelphia Asian Film Festival 2012 and First Glance Film Festival 2012 (Best Special Effects). Her collaborative large-scale video installation, Troupe de Fetishe, was shown in The Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia, PA, and received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fund. Her first short, Missing Peaces, a 16mm experimental narrative, was selected for the 2010 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the International Sexy Film Festival in Australia. She was also invited to be an International Student Judge for the 6th First Youth Film Festival in China in 2012. She was selected to participate in Ming-Cho Lee’s set design Master Class Workshop in Taiwan. Her set design project won first place in the Prague Quadrennial Taiwan Exhibition Competition and she was chosen to represent Taiwan at PQ’07 Scenofest in Prague, Czech Republic.

JENNIE HIRSH is an art historian who received a BA in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Italian from Middlebury College, and MA and PhD degrees in the history of art from Bryn Mawr College. A full-time faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she specializes in modern and contemporary art and architecture, as well as film studies. Her research and writing focus on material culture produced under totalitarian regimes, visual culture and the holocaust, postwar European cinema, contemporary photography, self-portraiture and museum studies. She has also taught courses in curatorial studies, which culminated in the exhibitions “s(how)” at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in 2003 and, most recently, “Bearing Witness: Work by Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry” at the Contemporary Museum and six other venues throughout Baltimore, Maryland, in 2010, which received the “Best of Baltimore” award for Best Big Show. Her first book, Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate), co-edited with Isabelle Wallace, was published in January 2011. Other publications include “The Faces of Fascism: Re-Reading Giorgio de Chirico’s Self- Portraiture,” in The Making of National Art (Hamburg: Warburg-Haus, 2010); “Odysseys of Life and Death in the Bay of Naples: Roberto Rossellini’s Voyage in Italy and Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt,” in Antiquity Recovered, edited by Jon Seydl and Victoria Coates (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007: 271–289); and “Representing Repetition: Appropriation in de Chirico and After,” in Italian Modernism: Italian Culture between Decadentism and Avant-Garde, edited by Luca Somigli and Mario Moroni (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004: 403–449). She is currently completing a book-length study on the painting and writing of Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, KEIR POLITZ completed an MFA at Columbia University where he was a recipient of the John and Jane Smith Fellowship for excellence in screenwriting and one of five film department fellowships. His short film, A Piece Of America, won the Audience Choice award at the 2007 Columbia University Film Festival and was selected as one of only four U.S. films to be screened at the prestigious 2008 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France. His feature film, Detonator, will screen as a special “Sneak Preview” at the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, and he is currently developing his second feature film.

SLOAN SEALE has taught screenwriting and film classes in the Department of Film and Media Arts and Tyler School of Art for over a decade. Her short films include This Happened on my Street, Kelly Drive, Recovery Mural and Recovery Portrait. Her current projects are The Diagnosis (screenplay) and a stage play based on Edith Wharton and her novel, Summer. Besides teaching, Sloan is a frequent uncredited writer on both film and print projects. Before coming to Temple to pursue her MFA, Sloan obtained her MA in film studies from Ohio State University, writing her thesis on the topic of performance in film. Her recent essays can be found at her web site.