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Susan Zeig, Program Director, Film Program

Professor Susan Zeig is a documentary filmmaker focusing on issues of social concern. She has received grants for these projects from the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the Barr Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, National Latino Communications Center, Independent Television Service (I.T.V.S.) New York Foundation on the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Humanities, New York State Council for the Arts, the Film Fund, and the Research Committee of Long Island University. Her films are in national distribution in educational, community and labor union circuits as well as being broadcast over PBS, transmitted on cable and the Internet.

John Koshel, Film Professor

John Koshel’s professional work spans digital, film and video media and includes network television and feature films. His background includes digital-asset and archives management, and historical media research for NBC-Universal, in addition to several producing and directing credits, editing experience, and contract negotiations with corporations and entertainment labor unions. Professor Koshel’s interests include motion picture history and production, preservation and restoration. Academic credits include the M.F.A. from the NYU Graduate Institute of Film and Television, concentration in writing and directing, and a Senior Fellowship in screenwriting from Hamilton, College, Clinton, N.Y.

Lisa Robinson, Film Professor

Lisa Robinson works as a screenwriter and director. She is currently writing a film project for The Blue Man Group. Her feature project SYNAPSE received the Sloan Foundation Feature Production Award and is in development with company Salty Features. She also is the co-creator of SPARKS, a web-based serial about humans and technology. She has written and directed three short films that have screened at film festivals around the world including Cannes-Directors Fortnight, Telluride, Edinburgh and Clermont Ferrand. She is the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Prize, the Digital Media Lab Award for Excellence, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She received an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Film Directing Program.

Soopum Sohn, Professor of Film

Soopum Sohn recently completed his first feature film as director/writer “Make Yourself at Home,” and it premiered at the 2008 Pusan International Film Festival, Gala Presentation. His short films include “Island to Island,” winner of a 2002 Student Academy Award, and “Fish in the Sea is Not Thirsty,” an official selection of the 2002 Cannes Film Festival (Directors’ Fortnight). Professor Soopum’s work as a cinematographer includes “Michellville” (dir: John Harkrider), which screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2005 (American Spectrum); and SA-KWA (dir: Yi-Kwan Kang), winner of the International Critics Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2005. Professor Soopum holds an M.F.A. from both the American Film Institute (cinematography) and New York University (film directing).

John Maniente, Adjunct Professor and Technical Director

John Maniente directed an independent feature film titled “Bright Ideas.” The Long Island Voice lauded it as one of 1998’s “Best of the Year” and Newsday’s John Anderson applauded it, calling it a “Laurel and Hardy film for the ‘90’s.” Professor Koshel has also directed two nationally shown television commercials, eight short subject films, was the chief editor on a computer graphic anti-drug PSA music video, was the supervising editor to a Silver Anvil nominated video for Creamer Dickson Basford and has written five feature length scripts. John earned his B.F.A. from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University, where he studied with academy award winner Milos Forman.

Mike Atkinson, Adjunct Professor

Mike Atkinson is the author of six books, including one volume of poetry and an upcoming novel from St. Martin's Press. He has written about film for The Guardian, SPiN, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, The Village Voice, Chicago Reader, Details, IFC.com, and many others. His TV pilot BABYLON FIELDS was produced by CBS TV and his pilot “All Things Awakened” is currently in production. His books include: “Blue Velvet” (British Film Institute), “Ghosts in the Machine: Speculating on the Dark Heart of Pop Cinema,” (Limelight Eds.), and “Exile Cinema: Filmmakers at Work Beyond Hollywood” (SUNY Press). Professor Atkinson has been teaching at C.W. Post for more than 11 years.

Timothy Peterson, Adjunct Professor

Timothy Peterson works as an animator, editor, new media developer and illustrator. He has produced numerous industrials for clients such as The Bronx Zoo, Canon, NYU, NY Knicks, Cameron Advertising, Computer Associates, Doubleday, Avery, Tilles Investment Group, CMP Media, BMG, and IBM. His current short, "Parameters" is entering the festival circuit and his feature "Life Coach" is in post production. He received his B.F.A. and M.A. from the School of Visual Arts.