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Full-Time Television/Film Production Faculty

Chey Acuña
Chey Acuña focuses on traditional animation and television studio production. She has produced, directed and edited music videos, public service announcements, industrials and documentaries. Her music videos, "Hologram" and "Passion," were distributed both overseas and domestically as part of "Underground USA," a music video compilation program series. Her educational PSA for Cal State L.A., urged young people to stay in school. The industrial she edited for the immigrant rights organization Hermandad Mexicana Nacional was distributed nationally to all its regional offices. She has received the NCB Entertainment Group and Motion Picture Association of America awards.

Jon Beaupré
MFA, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Jon Beaupré is a voice and performance consultant for radio and television performers, and teaches in the Communications Department at Cal State L.A. Beaupré, a radio producer and reporter and frequent contributor to local and internationally-syndicated programming from his home in Los Angeles, also conducts workshops and seminars with the Associated Press Radio and Television Association. He has been a fixture on the convention circuit, teaching workshops at a wide range of specialty journalism and broadcast conventions and stations on both coasts of the U.S. He is available to speak on the topic of media in a time of war, including the “blurred line between propaganda and reliable news.”

Enrique Berumen
M.F.A., Cinema-Television School, University of Southern California

Enrique Berumen specializes in feature-filmwriting; and Latin American Cinema, with an emphasis in Cuban Cinema. He was a member of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s writing workshop at the Sundance Institute. He was a Gary Hendler Screenwriting Fellow at the American Film Institute. For three years, he served as an Artist-in-Residence for the California Arts Council. His screenplay Killing Time was selected to participate in the 1997 International Film Financing Conference. He represented Cal State LA at the 1999 CSU Faculty Exchange Program. His documentary-in-progress, Cubana 455, was awarded a Paul Robeson Independent Media Grant. Currently, he is working on a feature-length screenplay; and two documentaries: Cubana 455, a story about the victims of terrorism; and Fantasmas, a look into the effect of mass rural emigration in the Mexican state of Zacatecas.

Alan Bloom
M.F.A., California College of Arts and Crafts

Alan Bloom has been the program director of the Video Center at the American Film Institute, and has directed more than 200 music videos, documentaries, experimental films, TV programs and spots. He initiated the first music video courses to be taught on a college campus at Cal State L.A. in 1985. His educational music video, All You Can Dream, starring Nia Peeples, was awarded the Silver Angel and Buccaneer awards in 1986, and its Spanish language version, Y Porque No Sonar, became a number one hit video and a number one single in Mexico. He received three Telly awards for spots, including one that encourages people to become teachers. His three PBS specials on computer animation have received several awards, including the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle. His highly acclaimed rap video, Let the Bells Ring, encouraging students to stay in school and go on to college, was produced for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the California State Universities and Geffen Records. Professor Bloom regularly serves as a consultant on the uses of media to affect public perception of issues and served on a congressional task force on this subject.

Tony Cox
M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Cox, a nationally recognized, veteran broadcast journalist, is the recipient of many local and national awards for his work in broadcast news. A current and long-time on-air personality with National Public Radio (NPR), Professor Cox brings a wealth of real world experience to his students in courses including Announcing, News Writing and Reporting, and in his unique Special Topics course which partners student producers with Cable Television Station LA36 to create innovative content and programs for Television audiences all over the L.A. Basin.

Kristiina Hackel
M.F.A., University of Southern California, Ph.D. University of Southern California
Professor Hackel is active in the industry as both a writer and filmmaker. She directed and co-wrote the feature film, Northern Lights, which is currently in post-production. She is in pre-production on her next writing/directing project, Flags. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Professor Hackel maintains currency in her academic field through her work in scholarly research, mentoring, and instruction.
At the 2005 University Film and Video Conference, Professor Hackel presented one scholarly paper, one of her short scripts, was a respondent to two dramatic scripts and one documentary script, and had her film, The Trojan Newsreels showcased. Since 2005, she has served as a faculty mentor for the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival’s Pavillion student internship program.

Blake Jackson
M.F.A., University of Southern California
Blake Jackson, currently Head of Production, has considerable experience in motion picture production in various roles such as camera operator, grip, and art director, but is most well recognized by his outstanding skills as cinematographer. Professor Jackson served as the Director of Photography on the 2002 Academy Award winning film The Accountant. Professor Jackson brings his own ongoing industry experience to the classroom, and teaches a variety of courses including Cinematography, Advanced Cinematography, Motion Picture Production, and Scene Study Workshops.

Jane McKeever
Jane McKeever has spent her career focusing on Audio Production and Sound Design for Theater, Film and Multimedia. Professor McKeever is a Co-Owner of the Post-Production Company Happy Feet Foley and remains active in both the Theater and Film communities of Los Angeles. Past projects include work on the Academy Award Nominated film Wanted, W., Tyler Perry’s The Family that Preys, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and Why Did I Get Married Too? In addition to her film work, Professor McKeever has worked on the sound for theatrical productions of Tommy, Man of La Mancha, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Professor McKeever’s current academic work focuses on the role of women and minorities in the Post-Production process.

Bridget Murnane
Bridget Murnane is known for her creative treatments of dance film and video. Her work has screened in over sixty international festivals and received numerous awards including two CINE Eagles. Her first feature film, Odile and Yvette at the Edge of The World, premiered at the prestigious Edinburgh Film Festival and received special recognition from the Film Advisory Board and Brussels Diamond Film Festival. The PBS series, New Television and The Territory, have presented her work, as well as the cable channel, Classic Arts Showcase. Ms. Murnane’s latest endeavor is her podcast, Dance Vids, the first dance for the camera show on iTunes.

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