Faculty and Staff

For questions regarding Film at Mason, please email us at film@gmu.edu

Program Director, Associate Professor - Cynthia Fuchs

  • Production Manager, CVPA
    Production Manager, Film and Video Studies

  • Samirah Alkassim

    Term Assistant Professor in Film Theory , CVPA
    Term Assistant Professor in Film Theory , Film and Video Studies

  • Sara Barger

    Adjunct Faculty, CVPA
    Adjunct Faculty, Film and Video Studies

    Sara Barger has traveled the world making short documentaries, producing content for the U.S. State Department, USAID, Discovery Channel, and various think tanks, non-profits, and government agencies. Her work has taken her to Iraq, Congo, India, China, Tibet, El Salvador, and Honduras. Sara was a 2019 Docs In Progress Fellow and also serves on the board of Women in Film and Video where she also organizes a monthly screening series. She is an alumna of American University and previously taught filmmaking at Old Dominion University. 
  • Monica Lee Bellais

    Adjunct Faculty, CVPA
    Adjunct Faculty, Film and Video Studies

    Monica Lee Bellais' professional memberships include the Writers Guild of America, East, the Producers Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - Documentary Programming Peer Group, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and The National Press Club, in Washington, D.C.
  • Tommy Britt

    Associate Professor, CVPA
    Associate Professor, Film and Video Studies

    Thomas Britt joined Film and Video Studies in 2007 as the first full-time faculty member hired by the program. He is the head of the screenwriting concentration and teaches several classes, including Ethics of Film and Video. Honors and Awards
  • Mannon Butt

    2011, Film and Video Studies, BA

    After graduating from Mason's Film and Video Studies program in 2011, Mannon started working as a part-time Sports ENG Camera Operator for NBA Wizards, NHL Capitals, WNBA Mystics and NCAA Georgetown Hoyas home games, as well as a contracted, full-time Assistant Editor at Discovery Channel with WilmaTV Inc. He spent his free time working as a Director of Photography on several Mason Thesis Films, which led to his first paid DP job on a small VA indie film, Admins.  
  • Hans Charles

    Assistant Professor/Assistant Professor of Cinematography, CVPA
    Assistant Professor/Assistant Professor of Cinematography, Film and Video Studies

  • Giovanna Chesler

    Full Professor, CVPA
    Full Professor, Film and Video Studies

    Professor Giovanna Chesler (they/them) directs documentary and narrative films that address sexuality, the body, and gender and racial justice. Their films have been exhibited at hundreds of film festivals worldwide and in museums and gallery spaces. They currently serve as a juror of several international artist granting programs, advise documentary filmmakers, and volunteer as a juror of film festivals. They are a 2021, 2020 and 2019 Media Arts Fellow awarded by the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
  • Damien Coor

    Adjunct Faculty, CVPA
    Adjunct Faculty, Film and Video Studies

  • Robert Farr

    Adjunct Faculty, CVPA
    Adjunct Faculty, Film and Video Studies

    Rob Farr is the executive producer for Arlington TV, Arlington County's government cable channel and website. He has authored or co-authored articles on silent film and early film comedy and is currently working on a joint biography of actor-director Sidney Drew and his wives Gladys Rankin Drew and Lucille McVey Drew. He directs and performs in old-time radio recreations for venues such as the Library of Congress. In 2003 he founded the Slapsticon, a four-day film festival celebrating silent and early sound comedies.