This summer's film production program includes a speaker series featuring professionals from a variety of areas within the entertainment industry. Please click through the topic tabs below to learn more about the line-up of professionals who will join us on campus this summer.
Jonathan Fernandez, Writer and Member of the Board of the Writers Guild of America
Jonathan Fernandez is a writer, producer and Writers Guild of America board member. He is currently writing a thriller for Universal Pictures, a limited series for Lifetime and a television pilot for A+E Networks. He began his career running the production companies of legendary filmmakers Roger Corman and Dino De Laurentiis.
Heidi Levitt, Casting Director
Heidi Levitt has cast films from Best Picture Oscar® winner THE ARTIST to a broad range of indie and studio films including JFK, NIXON, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, THE ROCK and THE JOY LUCK CLUB. Currently, she is executive-producing, alongside Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, a new series of one-hour dramas that deal with culture clash and the American immigrant experience called EXILES ON MAIN STREET. Levitt is a graduate of Barnard College and the AFI Conservatory.
Pieter Jan Bruege, Producer/Director
Pieter Brugge is a producer and director, born and raised in the Netherlands, and is a graduate of both De Nederlandse Filmacademie and the AFI Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies in Los Angeles. He produced the international box-office hit THE PELICAN BRIEF in 1993 with the late Alan J. Pakula. In 1998, with writer/producer/director Warren Beatty, he produced the political satire BULWORTH. Currently, Brugge serves as the executive producer on BOSCH, the Amazon Studios series based on the bestselling crime novels by Michael Connelly. Brugge is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America.
Neema Barnette, African American Writer/Director
Emmy®-winning producer/director Neema Barnette has engaged audiences with a body of socially and politically charged work that defies African American stereotypes in both television and film. She holds the honor of being the first African American woman to receive a three-picture deal from a major studio — Columbia Pictures — and to direct a television sitcom. She also directed two episodes of BET's hit series BEING MARY JANE. She has directed more than 40 hours of network television, ten TV movies and four feature films including CIVIL BRAND and WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED: ON THE 7TH DAY, which won Best Foreign Director from the African Film Critics Association, and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Barnette's other accolades include a DGA Award nomination, the Sojourner Truth Award at Cannes and a Peabody Award.
Kees van Oostrum, Cinematographer and President of American Society of Cinematographers
As a cinematographer Kees Van Oostrum has compiled an eclectic range of some 80 credits, including Emmy® award winning movies for television, cinema and occasional documentaries. His diverse body of work includes classic feature films such as Gettysburg and Gods and Generals. He is currently president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) in Los Angeles. For the ASC he initiated and has overseen the Masterclass program since 2014, which has educated over 2000 students in the USA and across the globe.