Faculty and Staff

Monique Anair
Assistant Professor, Film Production and Media Studies; Coordinator, Grants and Contract Training: Program Director, New Mexico Filmmakers Academy

Monique holds a B.S. degree in mass communications and film from Emerson College and an M.A. degree in educational leadership from the University of New Mexico. She started at SFCC as an adjunct faculty member with the Film Technician Training Program in 2005 and has been an assistant professor since 2008. Monique is a member of the University Film and Video Association and New Mexico Film Resource. She has served on multiple state and national committees addressing women in technology-based careers.

Monique's pedagogical practice is embedded in the theories of Emilia Reggio and Turning Points, which focuses on democratic learning to create classrooms that help people and communities empower themselves to greater potential. At SFCC Monique teaches cinematography, Women Make Media and environmental communications.

Brett Becker
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Brett has been helping movies sound better since around 2000. He spent several years learning and using Pro Tools to produce finished sound on a few feature length documentaries. In 2006 he graduated from Fairhaven College with a self-designed, interdisciplinary degree entitled Electroacoustic Ecology, exploring a broad range of approaches to the study and use of sound. In 2008 he moved to New Mexico and spent the next eight years working in the production sound deparment on film sets. His IMDB credits are http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3265145/ here.

The Spring 2016 semester will be Brett’s fourth time teaching the Sound for Film class at SFCC. He really enjoys teaching and sharing the sound-guy perspective with filmmakers of all types.

Morse Bicknell
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Morse teaches acting for film and television at SFCC and at Sol Acting Academy in Albuquerque. Morse is a working actor and a member of Actors’ Equity and the Screen Actors Guild, and has B.A.s in Theater/Music Minor and Philosophy/English. He has performed in a wide variety of classical and contemporary theatrical productions and worked extensively in film and television. Please see film/tv credits and reel on IMDb

Shelene Bridge
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program
Throughout the past 17 years, Ms. Bridge has pursued a film career in a variety of roles including Writer, Producer, Director, Camera Operator, Motion Graphics Designer, and Editor. An award-winning filmmaker, she has proven her effectiveness at organizing and coordinating shoots, using production equipment and writing and editing scenes, treatments and scripts. She has also edited short and feature films (both narrative and documentary), as well as commercials, corporate and promotional videos.

Her recent Projects include: Motion Graphics Designer for Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lighting, which premiered on PBS American Masters in August, 2014; Camera Operator & Editor for A Horseback Ride to the Soul, which won Best Documentary at the New Mexico Filmmaker’s Showcase 2015; and Producer, Camera Operator & Editor for Zydeco Breakfast, which was an official selection at the 2015 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.

Ms. Bridge has taught film making at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and at the Santa Fe Community College, as well as after school Film Workshops for Middle School kids. She also serves as Vice President for New Mexico Women in Film and is a member Women In Film And Television International and the New Mexico Post Alliance.

Katie Douthit
Adjunct Faculty, Film and Media Arts Program

Since 1982 Katie has been working as a licensed hair and makeup artist in New Mexico, moving to Los Angeles in 1984 she received her Film and Television makeup training from Elegance Academy of Professional Make-Up. At that time she began to work in the film industry After Katie had her son she felt the need to come back home to New Mexico. In 1994 she joined IASTE local 480, and in 1996 local 706 in Los Angeles. Katie has worked on over 50 films and television productions here in New Mexico, as well as television commercials and print ads, shot here in New Mexico and California. Seeing the need in New Mexico for more trained film crews, she implemented and wrote the curriculum for the first New Mexico film training program, and continues to train students today in makeup and hair styling for film through Santa Fe Community College film program. Katie also volunteers her time mentoring middle and high school students from Monte del Sol charter school in Santa Fe in make-up and hair.
Peter Kershaw
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Peter is an international award winning film maker with over 100 film and television screen credits, played in 250 national and international film festivals, (including Cannes, London, Berlin and Montreal), 20 years as a producer/director in television, 30 awards including 2 prestigious (RTS) Royal Television Society Awards in the UK. Credits include the long running television program HIGHWAY, for which an audience of 8.5 to 13 million viewers watched weekly. Recent film credits include the short films Night’s Dark Agents, Henry and the Animals, The Astronomer’s Sun, 20 Ways, Psyche Ascending and Wilfred. Peter teaches directing on the film program at Santa Fe Community College and on the BFA degree program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Cinematic Arts program. He is currently studying for a MFA in Creative Writing at IAIA. https://vimeo.com/127829156

Gene Mederos
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Gene was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a BFA in theater design from the University of Miami in 1987. Gene has designed sets for theater and film in New York City, Miami and Santa Fe and has done graphic design for clients across the US. Films he has made in New Mexico have shown at the Santa Fe and the Toronto Short Film festival. Learn more about Gene at http://www.newmexicofilmresource.org/.

Scott Milder
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Scott Milder was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He began writing at an early age, publishing short fiction in various indie horror magazines while attending college in Alamosa, CO. He graduated in 2000, after which he spent a semester teaching college English and then a year working as a technical writer at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

He went back to school in 2002, where he switched his focus from prose fiction to screenwriting and film production. He has a B.A. in English from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, as well as a B.A. in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico (2004) and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Boston University (2007).

Milton Riess
Professor of Film Production and Work Force Training

Milton Riess is currently Professor of Film Production and Work Force Training at Santa Fe Community College. His 30 years of production experience include Producer, Writer, Director, Lighting Director, Technical Director, Photo Journalist and Actor. He recently moved to Santa Fe from Los Angeles where he worked for NBC/Universal, E! Network, Style Network among other companies. Mostly recently he was creator, writer and executive producer of a pilot for a science fiction TV series, “The Kammler Code.” 

Patrick Reid
Film Equipment Technician

Patrick is the a film technician and rental manager at SFCC. He maintains and operates all equipment, grip trucks and studios. He has helped grow SFCC's equipment from a few cameras and light kits to over a million dollars worth of industry standard camera, lighting and grip gear. He also works as a freelance gaffer and grip. tacticalvideoworks.com
Jilann Spitzmiller
Adjunct Faculty, Media Arts

Jilann Spitzmiller received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and has been working as a documentary filmmaker for 20 years. Her award-winning work has twice been shown at the Sundance Film Festival and has been broadcast on PBS, Sundance Channel, BBC, Starz/Encore, and around the world.

Jilann began teaching at SFCC in 2008, with prior teaching positions at the College of Santa Fe, University of Redlands and SACI in Florence, Italy. She enjoys working with emerging filmmakers, helping them to find their own artistic voices and stories. She is currently teaching Documentary 1 and private documentary workshops. http://www.documentaryhowto.com/

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