Production Option Students

Below is information on the first, second, and third year Production Option students:

Third Year

Christopher Collins
Alex Hackworth
Alex Hackworth

Alex is passionate about excellence in visual storytelling. Whether that means traveling the globe to film documentaries, producing narrative films, directing live broadcast programs, or leading workshops and classes at universities, Alex's skills cover a wide range of professional creative fields. Alex is a talented cinematographer, editor and broadcast director, who has lead twenty person film crews covering citywide music and art festivals, planned and hosted events for startup businesses, as well as shot and edited commercials, videos, and short films.

Currently pursuing a MFA in Film Production at Cal State LA (GPA: 4.0), Alex is a graduate of Whittier College (BA -Film Aesthetics, '16) who also studied cinematography at the FAMU Film Academy in Prague, Czech Republic. Alex recently worked as Media and Brand Coordinator for Lift Coffee Roasters and now currently works as an editor at CBS Interactive. In the last five years, he has produced over seventy five live events, short films and commercial pieces, with skills that span the filmmaking gamut. Despite the breadth of his work, the depth of his knowledge and career focus is as a cinematographer.

Alex's primary passions outside of filmmaking are scuba diving, music, and cooking.  A master diver with a rescue certification, Alex has dived in eight countries around the world. He has played the drums and guitar for over nine years, and participated in a traveling jazz ensemble. On the weekends, Alex spends his time whipping up new recipes and crafting cocktails for his friends and his girlfriend, Maya. Visit his website.

Tai-Lynia Jones
Tai-lynia Jones

Tai-Lynia M. Jones was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland. At age 17 she joined the United State Navy where she participated in three deployments to the Persian Gulf. She left the Navy in 2013 and served one and a half years in the Air Force Reserves. Tai-Lynia is a California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) alumni. In 2017 she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Television, Film and Media Studies. She is currently in her second year of graduate school studying for her MFA in Film Production at Cal State LA.

Greg Sidnam
Greg Sidnam

Greg prides himself in being a ‘Production Specialist,’ meaning he is comfortable working across the production spectrum. He is eagerly looking forward to 2020 and the boost a MFA will provide his career. In the interim, whether in theatre, film, or television, Greg will continually strive to bolster his expertise. To his classmates and future colleagues, Greg would like to say, ’Thank-you.’ He will diligently attempt to return the generosity and camaraderie they have so graciously demonstrated. They continually amaze and inspire him with their talents.

Sean Trew
Sean Trew

Sean Trew is a 3rd year MFA TVFT student in the production option here at Cal State LA. He has worked in the theatre world for well over decade in a variety of roles including directing, producing, and acting. In recent years he has shifted his attention to learning film and television, and has even produced and directed a 9 episode web series this last summer. Although his attentions have shifted away from the stage, theatre will always hold a special place in his heart. His upcoming projects include two short films that are currently in development, as well as Assistant Directing the upcoming theatre production of Antigone at Cal State LA.

Weishan (Iris) Xiao

Second Year

Perri Keyes
Perri Keyes

Perri is a first-year student in the MFA in Television, Film and Theatre Production track. She grew up in Michigan, but also lived in Minneapolis, MN and Atlanta, GA before coming to Los Angeles. She loves exploring new places and hopes to add some more cities to that roster as time goes by. In 2011, Perri received an A.S. degree in Film Editing and Post Production from Minneapolis Community & Technical College. In 2014, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in American Studies and Ethnicity. As a creative artist thus far, she has worked on writing both short and feature-length screenplays, as well as creating short films, music videos, and a documentary on anti-gang legislation in California. As she begins this MFA program, she is excited to turn her attention to exploring a new, more experimental form of storytelling – one that is grounded in the narrative feature-film format, yet interwoven with more experimental elements that pull from the worlds of theater and dance.

Matthew Marposon
Matthew Marposon

Matthew Marposon or “Marpo” is a uni-cycling actor/editor from Chicago, who loves running marathons, telling stories, and motivating others. He is a Tetris-esqe creative problem solver with a passion for the “narrative in everything”. He's fascinated by highly unique concepts, characters & ideas. He is a sucker for interactive entertainment and would love any opportunity to learn more about motion capture performance work. “Entertaining is my passion. My life revolves around entertaining others in ways that move, engage, and captivate. I thrive in an environment that is dedicated to detail, both in content and in skill. I am always looking to keep one step ahead of technology and incorporate new possibilities into fueling my ideas, my characters and the emotions they invoke. As a nine-time marathoner, I value physical and mental endurance and will work until the job is done. In addition to both editing and acting professionally, I direct, write, and shoot. I can take direction and maintain a creative personality so as to keep ideas and spirits alive both on set and off. I want to challenge what people think of the world by exploring characters and points of view that aren't “sexy”. To engage and challenge others to think beyond their physical and social borders to see from many perspectives and decide how to act and feel based on their individual truth rather than a popular bias.

Eric Eichelberger
Eric Eichelberger

New MFA/Production option student Eric S. Eichelberger’s film “Ghoul Scout Zombie Massacre” was screened last week at John Waters Camp in Kent, Connecticut, where Eric had the honor of meeting one of his great inspirations, independent filmmaker John Waters. John shared how he made his early films, his successes and his failures, and his advice on being a working film director with Eric. Eric’s film “Ghoul Scout Zombie Massacre” is the story of four women who agree to sell “ghoul scout” cookies door to door to get out of reform school early.  However, when the cookies are tainted by an evil doctor and his henchman they turn innocent sugar fiends into bloodthirsty zombies who ravage their small New Jersey town. “Ghoul Scout Zombie Massacre” has gone on so far to win five awards and be screened at 5 film festivals.  It screened in Calcutta, India and won the outstanding achievement award for feature film at the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival.  It screened at the Mac Horror Film Festival in Brazil in the amazon rainforest and won Best Cinematography.  It won the award for best comedy horror film from the Subversive Cinema Society’s Subversive Cinema Awards.  It screened at the Black Cat Picture Show in Augusta, Georgia and won the Wages of Cine Award and Eric conducted a Q and A there in person.  Recently, it was selected by the Cult Critic Film Awards in India and won a trophy and was also submitted for their prestigious Jean Luc Godard award.