CNA Executive Council

 
  BRUCE SHERIDAN - CHAIR

BRUCE SHERIDAN - CHAIR

Professor, Columbia College Chicago. Chair, CCC Cinema Art + Science 2001-2017. 30 years experience as screen producer, director and writer. Winner of 1999 New Zealand Best Drama Award for tele-feature Lawless. Producer of award winning feature documentaries, including Head Games (2012), and Our Blood Is Wine (2018). Member of the University of Auckland Creative Research Initiative, and a PhD candidate in philosophy researching relationships between creativity and learning. Author of "Creativity Embodied and Extended" (2016) and "Play, Learning, and Creativity" (2017), both book chapters published by Cambridge Scholars. Author of "Screen Producing & Education in the 21st Century" (CILECT, 2016). 

  PAUL SCHNEIDER - VICE CHAIR

PAUL SCHNEIDER - VICE CHAIR

Chair, Department of Film and Television, Boston University. Director of television, film and theater. Paul has directed more than 30 movies for television and numerous television episodes. His work has been broadcast on CBS, ABC, NBC, the Fox network, the Disney Channel, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, PBS and the Animal Planet. Theater: NY Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, Playwright’s Horizons, Folger Shakespeare Library. Professor Schneider received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in Theater Directing, and an MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute. 

  JEAN DESORMEAUX

JEAN DESORMEAUX

Professor, Past Program Coordinator in Sheridan College's Post-Graduate Advanced Television and Film Program. Holds degrees in communications, civil law and common law, MFA in film, specialty credentials in business and social media practice, and is a member of the Ontario Bar. Experienced independent producer and corporate executive with prominent Canadian media companies who has produced both narrative and documentary work for major American and Canadian television broadcasters. Jean recently co-authored Transmedia Storytelling, the Next Step in Directing” for the Anthology series Perform: Succeeding as a Professional –Directing for the Screen, Routledge Taylor and Francis Press 2017.

 

  MICHAEL KOWALSKI

MICHAEL KOWALSKI

Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chapman University. Michael has taught at Chapman University since 2000 and served as an Associate Dean at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts since 2011. He has a B.A. in Semiotics from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California. His areas of specialization are sound design and documentary film. He continues to work as a freelance sound designer and has done the complete post-production sound work on a number of award-winning documentaries such as, “Lost in La Mancha”, “Dirt: The Movie” and “The Bad Kids”. He enjoys cats and bicycling.

  FRANCISCO MENENDEZ

FRANCISCO MENENDEZ

An American filmmaker born in El Salvador, Francisco serves as Artistic Director of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Department of Film, where he is also a professor. In 2017, he received a Regents’ Creative Activities Award Medal from the State of Nevada for his feature-length film Stealing Las Vegas starring Eric Roberts. He holds prestigious teaching awards from UNLV, along with two Charles Vanda awards for excellence in the arts, and won 1st place for two University Film and Video Association juried screening awards. Francisco served as UNLV Film Department Chair for almost two decades and raised over a million dollars for the program. Aside from filmmaking, his areas of research are: virtual reality, stereoscopy, and emerging technologies.