Award-Winning Faculty

Nikyatu Jusu at Sundance Film festival

Two Mason Film professors enjoyed world premiere screenings of their work in 2019.

Mason Film Professor Hans Charles


Cinematography Professor Hans Charles earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Cinematography in a Nonfiction Program for Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th

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.

Bringing Hollywood Experience to Set
Producing Professor Lisa Thrasher directs behind-the-scenes filming on the set of the Mason Film Lab.

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.

“I take it as sacred…My sense of energy is going to impact the way the actors or subjects are captured. As Director of Photography, I am responsible for everything you see through the lens – the mood, the tone, the lighting, and the composition.”

Hans Charles, Professor, Film at Mason

In addition to Mason faculty, we work with Film and Media Studies (FAMS) to present the Mason Visiting Filmmakers Series, in which industry professionals screen and discuss their work and participate in master classes each semester. 


Professors Ben Steger and Lisa Thrasher worked with four film students in Asia on the series Vibrations.