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John J. Koshel

Associate Professor of Theatre and Film

B.A., Hamilton CollegeM.F.A., Tisch School of the Arts, New York University


John Koshel completed a B.A. and a senior fellowship in writing and directing from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y. He earned an M.F.A., from the Graduate Institute of Film & Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

John began his teaching career in motion picture editing at NYU while also working in film for NBC News specializing in archives. John’s credits also include directing industrial television for JC Penney, Co., and working for director Bob Downey as assistant editor on "Flashdance," which was nominated for an Academy Award for editing.

For NBC, John has produced archival restorations of original broadcasts of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Watergate hearings television coverage. Over the years, John has helped research and select archival imagery for many documentaries including the "Eyes on the Prize" civil rights series for PBS and the award-winning documentary, "Dear America, Letters Home from Vietnam." In addition, through NBC, John has supported program development for the "Biography" series and has managed research of archival imagery to support NBC’s "Nightly News," specials and "Saturday Night Live" broadcasts. John’s archival film work on feature films includes work for Oliver Stone and Francis Ford Coppola.

Today’s digital technologies have moved moving image editing and archiving from a backroom process with card files and film cans, to the center of the digital media production and distribution process, with product converging in movie theaters and on television, the Web and personal hand-held devices. Moving image production and archiving today requires digital media asset management-- reviewing and evaluating images and sound captured on servers and making critical decisions affecting retention, editing, distribution and preservation.

It has been said that archivists have the final say writing history. John enjoys teaching cinema history and production at C.W. Post and preserving it at NBC-Universal.


Motion Picture History and Production, Moving Image Archives


  • Author, “Review: 'The Prize,'” published in The Amicus Journal (1993)


  • Researcher and Archivist, NBC News Film & Video Archives
  • Research, review, select and restore historical film and tape for daily broadcast on programs including "NBC Nightly News," "Today" and "Dateline." Consulted on new computer software development and operational deployment for image, sound and text input and retrieval for NBC programming & digital projects.
  • Archivist, feature motion pictures including Oliver Stone's films, "Nixon" and "Born on the 4th of July"
  • Associate Producer: "As it Happened: The JFK Assassination," NBC News Productions, broadcast on PBS (1993)
  • Program Development, NBC News Productions (1991-1993)
  • Developed new archives-based programming including Biography, Mobsters and Famous Hollywood Mysteries
  • Director, "The Still Alarm," Flying Pictures, Inc. (1986)
  • Awards: Centre De Creation Artistique, Mons (Belgium), and Prix du Public & Special Prize for Humour, Cine Eagle
  • Assistant Editor, "Flashdance," Paramount Productions, Inc. (1983)
  • Academy Award Nominee—Best Editing