Our faculty teach while continuing to work in the industry, earning international recognition and awards. Faculty connect their classrooms at Mason to their work on set, sharing knowledge and skills with students who apprentice as they learn.
Our instructors are directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers, working throughout our industry from independent productions to studios in Los Angeles. Their films are exhibited worldwide at juried festivals, on television, and streaming services. Our faculty are also published scholars with essays published in popular film magazines, journals and edited books.
Recent Faculty Accomplishments and Highlights
Visiting Filmmakers Series
Since 1995, the Visiting Filmmakers Series, curated by Professor and Interim Director Cynthia Fuchs, has brought a variety of films and guests to George Mason University. The Series is committed to supporting social justice, diverse and inclusive filmmaking, and innovative artists. Film at Mason students have the opportunity to meet with guest artists through masterclasses, film screenings, Q&As, luncheons, and more.
Professors Benjamin Steger and Lisa Thrasher traveled to Asia with four students to film episodes for Vibrations. Produced and directed by Benjamin Steger and produced by Lisa Thrasher, Vibrations is a documentary series profiling contemporary singer-songwriters and practitioners of traditional musical forms in regional music scenes around the world. The project was awarded a Summer Impact Grant and received additional support from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Global Education Office. The four Film and Video Studies majors on the crew were Blaire Collingwood, Zeyn Faddoul, Brittney Flores, and Sanders Evans. They traveled over 22,700 miles in 25 days to 3 countries and 7 cities. While abroad, they recorded interviews and live performances with musicians in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia to create a character driven series designed to emphasize the power of music to create positive individual and social change and examine the impacts of globalization on local music cultures around the world.