R to L: FAVS Advisory Board members Melissa Houghton, Clara Kelly, Kathryn Van Wyk, Jon Gann and Film and Media Studies Professor Cynthia Fuchs deliberate as the Mason Film Festival Jury during our spring festival. Photo: Giovanna Chesler
R to L: FAVS Advisory Board members Melissa Houghton, Clara Kelly, Kathryn Van Wyk, Jon Gann and Film and Media Studies Professor Cynthia Fuchs deliberate as the Mason Film Festival Jury during our spring festival. Photo: Giovanna Chesler

Members of the DC, Virginia and Maryland filmmaking community comprise the FAVS Advisory Board. Through their professional connections, experience, and general enthusiasm for film and passion for student learning, members of our Advisory Board support student filmmaking through:

 

Jurying Pitch Awards
Conducting training seminars with students
Supporting student scholarships
Supporting FAVS fundraising efforts and events
Mentoring film graduates
Advising faculty on program development
Spreading the word about FAVS and GMU!

 

Board members agree to contribute to the program by attending three board meetings a year,  jurying FAVS Senior Films and Pitch Awards (twice a year), and attending / supporting FAVS fundraising efforts (through contributions, in-kind contributions, and attendance at events). If you are interested in joining the FAVS Advisory Board or learning more about the program and ways to contribute or donate, please contact FAVS Program Director Professor Giovanna Chesler.

Active Members

Erik Muendel and University President Dr. Cabrera at Off the Wall 2017 Photo: Jim Folliard, Gearshift Studios
Erik Muendel and University President Dr. Cabrera at Off the Wall 2017 Photo: Jim Folliard, Gearshift Studios

Ex-Officio Members

Ryan Lawrence Braaten – Associate Director of Development, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Tommy Britt – Associate Professor, Film and Video Studies
Hans Charles – Assistant Professor, Film and Video Studies
Giovanna Chesler – Director / Associate Professor, Film and Video Studies
Cynthia Fuchs - Associate Professor, Department of English & Director, Film and Media Studies
Susan Graziano – Director of Development, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Amanda Kraus – Assistant Professor, Film and Video Studies
Ben Steger – Assistant Professor, Film and Video Studies
Lisa Thrasher - Assistant Professor, Film and Video Studies

Members

Don Conwell
Hal Morse
Peggy Pridemore