Kevin Hanson - Program Director - Genova Film 

  • Chair, Film & Media Arts Department, University of Utah
  • Associate Professor, Film & Media Arts Department

Kevin’s teaching career includes teaching film production at Wright State University, Ohio University, and the University of Utah and teaching history and theory courses for the Masters of Professional Communication program at Westminster College. He ran the Management Communication Center for the David Eccles School of Business from 1992 through 1994. Kevin began his teaching career as an NEA Artist in the Schools. He holds a BA in Fine Arts from Westminster College and an MFA in Art (filmmaking) from the University of Utah. 

Kevin brings with him an eclectic mix of professional film credits including video production work for business and industry, promotional videos for arts, management, and high tech organizations. He has worked as a cinematographer and has produced his own narrative, documentary, and experimental film projects. Kevin continues to produce films across the fine arts disciplines with colleagues and former students.


colleen mcdannel - history professor - utah

Professor of History and Sterling M. McMurrin Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Utah, Colleen is one of the foremost experts of religion in the United States and its effect on American life. Her most recent book, published by Basic Books, is The Spirit of Vatican II, which uses her own mother’s life as a way of tracing the impact of Catholic changes on the American faithful.  Her book Material Christianity urged scholars to look at the “stuff” of religion for new evidence on how people live their faith. Picturing Faith: Photography and the Great Depression was Professor McDannell’s third book with Yale University Press. Funded with a Guggenheim Fellowship and a three-year Lilly Foundation grant, Picturing Faith discusses American religion as captured through the lenses of some of greatest photographers of the twentieth century.  Professor McDannell has also curated a four year traveling exhibition of photography related to the book and lectured extensively on religion throughout the county. Professor McDannell has also recently completed an edited volume, Catholics in the Movies published by Oxford University Press.


susan e. gunter, ph.d - english professor - westminster college 

Susan E. Gunter, Ph.D., is Professor of English Emerita at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, where she continues to teach. She is an internationally known scholar on Henry and William James. Her first book, Dear Munificent Friends; Henry James’s Letters to Four Women, will be out in its Japanese translation this year. Her second book, Dearly Beloved Friends; Henry James’s Letters to Younger Men, was a landmark in American studies as the first edition of a major writer’s erotic letters to his gay lovers. Her biography of the James family, Alice in Jamesland, was critically acclaimed in New York, London, Dublin, and Italy. She is a two-time Fulbright Scholar (Bulgaria, Montenegro) and the recipient of her institution’s teaching award. She was the keynote speaker at the William James Centennial at Harvard in 2010. She would love to share Henry James’s sensuous, aesthetic Italy with others.


Amanda Stoddard - Program Director - Film

manda has worked in as an editor, camera operator, assistant director, director and producer. Her exposure to all facets of the cinematic process is extensive, well rounded, and includes projects that have aired on national TV and theatrical release. Her film 1 Revolution was featured internationally and received honors and recognition at many film festivals including: The Film Festival of Colorado, Geneva Film Festival, The Amsterdam Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, Perspectivka (Russia), FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE CINÉMA TÉLÉVISION SPORTIFS (Italy and Bejing) and many others. The film was featured on CBS Evening news and was recently written up by Forbes, who said, “Amanda Stoddard beautifully captures the moments of joy and frustration that were part of the climb, as well as Waddell’s persistence and incredible determination.” Her work has included extensive travel and harsh shooting conditions, most recently Tanzania as she continues her career as a philanthropic documentarian. A dedicated and talented individual, Amanda has also worked an instructor at Salt Lake Community College teaching film theory and film production for many years, currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Utah Film Studies Department. She is the creative director of the One Revolution Foundation.


Connie Wilkerson - Film Professor - Utah 

Connie earned her BFA in Theatre Design from Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado and her MFA in Film Studies from the University of Utah. She teaches Graduate Film Production I and Video Editing & Certification and also co-teaches Direct & Shoot Dialogue on Location with Professor Kevin Hanson. Connie’s films include the comedies The Bracelet, Get Milk, and In Loco Parentis. She was a fellow in the Utah Digital Directors Project 2010 and is currently working on a documentary following a season of Children’s Dance Theater and an adaptation of the short story “The Family Bible."



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