Faculty

Jack Banks – Director of Cinema

Jack Banks is an Associate Professor of Communication. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts and Sociology, and from University of Oregon with an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Telecommunication and Film. He teaches courses in media, particularly popular culture, television production, and media criticism, and received the University award of Distinguished Teaching Humanist for 2004-2006. Author of Monopoly Television: MTV’s Quest to Control the Music, published by Westview Press, Dr. Banks’...

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Pedro Bermudez – Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema

Pedro Bermudez is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Revisionist, a film and music video production company whose work runs the gamut from commercials to documentaries. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hartford in 2007, Bermudez spent three years working at ESPN, where he produced original content for various digital media channels. He continued his education at one of the world’s top film schools, the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. There, Bermudez earned a...

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Lauren Cook – Associate Professor of Cinema

Lauren Cook is an artist who specializes in experimental film, documentary, animation, and video game design. Before teaching, she spent a number of years working commercially in film production in Los Angeles. She teaches a broad array of classes, including: sound design; video game theory and design; narrative filmmaking; documentary filmmaking; animation; producing and directing; experimental filmmaking; and cinematography. Her award-winning experimental and documentary films have screened internationally at venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Images Festival – Toronto, Des...

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Robert Lang – Professor of Cinema

Robert Lang is the University of Hartford’s first Professor of Cinema.  He earned his Ph.D. degree at Columbia University in 1986, and has taught film and cultural studies at a number of colleges and universities both here and abroad, including:  Columbia University, New York University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, The College of Staten Island, the University of Tunis, and the Université de Michel de Montaigne – Bordeaux III. Dr. Lang is a well regarded instructor who has taught a...

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Michael Walsh – Associate Professor of Cinema

Michael Walsh was born in London, England and educated at universities in both Britain and the United States. He has been a cinema professor since 1986, and has taught in the Cinema Department at the University of Hartford since he co-founded it with Robert Lang in 1997. Dr. Walsh was the first Chair of the Department, and served in that capacity until fall of 2009. So he has seen Cinema at Hartford mushroom from zero to more than sixty...

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Alex Symons – Cinema Instructor and Advisor

Dr. Alex Symons was born and educated in England. His teaching profile, in the UK and US, spans Film History, Aesthetics, Television studies, as well as Media and Communication studies at institutions including Sacred Heart University and the University of Nottingham. Dr. Symons has authored several publications including his book Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries: Survival and Prolonged Adaptation (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), as well as articles in the Journal of Popular Film and Television, the Journal of...

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Torsten Zenas Burns

Torsten Zenas Burns is an artist and media arts educator living in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Since 2007 he has been curating exhibitions, video screenings, magazine projects and performance art events for PARSONS HALL PROJECT SPACE based in Western Mass. He received his BFA in video art in 1990 from the New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University, and his MFA in New Genres: video and performance art from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1993. He...

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Margo Greenlaw

Margo Greenlaw recently relocated from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where for three years she taught a variety of video production and film studies courses in the Film/Video Department. Previously she has taught TV/video production, scriptwriting and theory courses at Temple University and film studies at Saint Joseph’s University, both in Philadelphia.  She is also a former board member of the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival and former co-director of Iowa City Microcinema. Professor Greenlaw’s films and...

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Nancy Fields – Office Coordinator for Department of Cinema

Nancy Fields is the Office Coordinator for the University of Hartford’s Department of Cinema. Nancy has many years of corporate experience in administrative roles, business and financial analysis, and computer program and systems design. In her role as the Cinema Department Office Coordinator, Nancy assists the Department Chair with the business and administrative operations of the department. Most specifically, she manages the department financial budget and is responsible for purchasing equipment for filmmaking classes and films for cinema analysis courses.  It...

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