Guest Filmmakers

We Bring Leaders in Film to You

Each semester, you'll learn from top filmmakers and industry leaders.

Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason

Each semester, the Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason, curated by Professor Cynthia Fuchs, brings award-winning independent films and directors to campus. Since 1995, this series has invited some of the most compelling and celebrated independent filmmakers to George Mason University to exhibit their films, teach a master class, and meet with students, faculty, staff, and community members during day-long visits. Students events include programs across the University, connecting us through film.

Guests have included RaMell Ross (Hale County This Morning, This Evening 2019), Melissa Haizlip (Mr. SOUL! 2020), Sacha Jenkins (Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men 2019), Cheryl Dunye (Lovecraft CountryQueen Sugar, Watermelon Woman), Christine Vachon (Carol, Boys Don't Cry, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Khalik Allah (director, Black Mother, and cinematographer, Beyonce's Lemonade), and Lyric R. Cabral ((T)Error)Nanfu Wang (In the Same Breath [2021], One Child Nation [2019], Hooligan Sparrow), Kimberly Reed (Dark Money), Bernardo Ruiz (Harvest Season, Reportero), and  Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson, Dick Johnson is Dead). We select artists based on the strength of their stories and innovative filmmaking. See other past visiting filmmakers.

Visiting Filmmakers Series Online presents: Black Lives Matter Spring 2021

Our events include: 

Feb 26, 2021 6pm ET Luchina Fisher with Mama Gloria  

Mama Gloria celebrates a Black transgender elder's resilience and joy. Fisher began her career as a journalist for People, the Miami Herald, The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine.

Mar 11, 2021 7:30p ET Hank Jones: Hollywood TV Writing

With experience on shows like Dear White People, The New Edition Story, and blackish, Jones also wrote episodes of Motown Magic, the short film “Masculine/Masculine." He is currently a staff writer on the Netflix comedy series Family Reunion.

Mar 16, 2021 1:30pm ET Stefon Bristol with See You Yesterday

A graduate of NYU's Graduate Film School, where he studied with Spike Lee, Bristol's first feature film, See You Yesterday (currently on Netflix), won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

Mar 26, 2021 6pm ET Joyce Sherrí with Beauty 

Award-winning Filmmaker and Virginia native Joyce Sherrí earned her MFA in Filmmaking from the Tisch Graduate Film program at New York University in 2016. Mentored by Kasi Lemmons, she made “Beauty,” a Southern gothic reimagining of “The Beauty and The Beast.”

Apr 7, 2021 6pm ET Ekwa Msangi with Farewell Amor

Ekwa Msangi is a Tanzanian American filmmaker whose award-winning and critically acclaimed feature film Farewell Amor premiered in competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She won the Best Screenplay Award and star Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine won Best Actor at the Durban International Film Festival 2020.

Mason Film Lab

Film at Mason brings guest writers and directors to work directly with students to create a short film. Recent guest artists include writer, director, producer Colette Burson (HBO's Hung, FX's The Riches) and Nefertite Nguvu (In the Morning).

Learn more about the Mason Film Lab

Master Classes

Working artists lead master classes with film students that enhance their studies and give students an opportunity to ask questions of a professional in the field. Recent participants include Dan Mirvish, director and co-founder of Slamdance, Roberta Marie Monroe (Producer, Director, and author of How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From a Sundance Programmer), and Christine Vachon (Artistic Director of the Stony Brook University MFA in Film program and co-founder of Killer Films, named one of the 50 Most Powerful LGBTQ Players in Hollywood by The Hollywood Reporter in 2020), as well as film financiers, SAG business representatives, seasoned cinematographers, interactive documentary producers, and more.

Dan Mirvish giving lecture at Mason's Visiting Filmmakers
Dan Mirvish teaching his Masterclass at Mason in September, 2018. Mirvish, author of The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking, co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival. Photo by Ashley Adams