Kevin Hanson

PresidentChair, 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.

Amanda Stoddard

Film Director & Producer

Amanda 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.

Coleen McDannell

History Professor, writer

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.

Alysia Klein

Assistant Professor, Film & Media Arts

Alysia Klein is the Assistant Professor of the Film and Media Arts Department at the Utah Asia Campus. She is also honored to be the Faculty Director of the Film and Media Arts Learning Abroad program in Genoa, Italy. Klein has taught a number of courses including Film Production, Editing, Intro to Film, Film History, and Dance for the Camera. She has been involved in and has produced a number of films since 2013 and has been credited as writer, director, cinematographer, camera operator, colorist, editor, VFX artist, costume designer and set designer. Professor Klein received her Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts from the University of Utah. In addition to film, Professor Klein is also an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and Screendance producer. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Dance and between 2003 and 2010, she received numerous outstanding/best choreography awards via national and regional competitions.

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