Film/Video Faculty

FTC Film/Video Division Faculty

Erika Houle

Film/Video Division Chair, Professor
B.F.A., New York University, M.A., New York University

erika houleErika Houle is a cinematographer, director, and documentary filmmaker based in New York. She has worked around the world on feature films, documentaries, commercials, and episodic television shows. Her early work as a documentary cinematographer took her across the country and internationally to India and Haiti. Most recently, she shot for Equal Means Equal, the feature documentary film cornerstone of the movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Houle lived in Morocco while working on cable network Spike’s 2015 mini-series Tut and continues working in the camera department on for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. In 2016 she received her master’s in Art, Education, & Community Practice from Steinhardt, NYU. She remains creatively connected in experimental work, most recently directing a music video for Joan Baez’s 2019 Grammy nominated album Whistle Down the Wind.

Justin Andrews

Head of Post Production, Professor – Acting & Editing
B.A., Framingham State University, M.F.A., Savannah College of Art & Design

Justin Andrews has been making video art and films since 1998 when he had a cable access show called Pssst!. He created the show as a means of fun and collaboration with other artists while providing laughs for the locals. The show was comprised of oddball sketches, practical jokes, street interviews and stunts.

After earning his Bachelors In 2010, Andrews left Massachusetts to earn an MFA in Film/Television in Savannah, GA. It was here that he honed his skills in directing and found joy in collaborating with actors. His MFA thesis film, DIRT  went on to earn the Filmmaker Magazine Award at the 2013 Savannah Film Festival.

Andrews has been a teaching artist since 2013 when he taught a young filmmakers workshop at the Savannah College of Art and Design and became hooked. He combined his new joy for teaching with the art of filmmaking and has mentored and taught new filmmakers ever since.

As a full time Professor at Five Towns College, Andrews teaches courses relating to acting and directing, and cinema post production. He feels that the act of teaching is as exciting & important as what he is teaching.

Andrews is passionate about teaching as a Davinci Resolve Certified Trainer in Advanced Motion Picture Editing and Color Grading courses. Justin takes great joy in providing courses where students can grow artistically and build their skills to become certified users with Davinci Resolve.

Robert DiGiacomo

Head of Cinematography, Professor – Cinematography
B.F.A., Cornell University

Robert DiGiacomoRobert DiGiacomo has spent over thirty years working professionally in both photography and cinematography. He has worked on a diverse range of projects with world renowned Directors, Directors of Photography and Photographers. Feature film credits include: Shine A Light (featuring The Rolling Stones) directed by Martin Scorsese, and filmed by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, ASC; Big Fish filmed by Oscar winner, Phillipe Rousselot, and Directed by Tim Burton. Additionally he was worked on over 600 television commercial productions, documentaries, and a variety of music videos with: Diddy, Bon Jovi, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Carole King, U2, and Britney Spears (featuring Madonna). Robert is an active member of the International Cinematographers Guild, on the Industry Roster, and CSATF Safety Passport certified.

Daniel Galiardi

Adjunct Professor – Television
B.S., SUNY Buffalo, B.A., SUNY Buffalo, M.S., Hofstra University

Daniel GaliardiDaniel Galiardi is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild/Local 600 IATSE. He has worked as a camera assistant in the film industry and is proficient in the use of various motion picture cameras (both 16mm and 35mm: Panavision, Arriflex, Aaton, Moviecam, and Photosonics. He has administered the Local 600 entrance exam on several occasions. Daniel has worked on many major motion pictures including: Batman Forever, Major Payne, Conspiracy Theory, Independence Day, The Truman Show, and Jungle 2 Jungle. His network television credits include: Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and Time of Your Life. His national commercial campaign credits include: AT&T, Smith Barney, Avon, and more.

David Grotell

Adjunct Professor – Writing & Directing
B.A., Wesleyan University, M.F.A., Columbia University

Kenneth Kelsch, ASC

Adjunct Professor – Cinematography
B.A., Montclair State University, M.F.A., New York University

Kenneth KelschKen Kelsch is a former Green Beret and Vietnam veteran. He received his MFA in Film from NYU in 1978. Ken is a cinematographer and has shot 35 features and 100 hours of network TV, numerous documentaries, music videos and commercials. CNN Special Assignment (contras in Nicaragua, Army Rangers complete with camera during parachute jump, Mercenaries in Suriname, etc). Ken is a member of the American Society of Cinematography. Most recently his work was celebrated in a retrospective at MOMA in May 2019, featuring a screening of Bad Lieutenant.

Mahnoor Khan

Adjunct Professor – Photography
B.S., Iqra University, M.F.A., LIU Post

Mahnoor KhanOriginally from Karachi, Pakistan – Mahnoor believes in capturing the essence of the moment and her photographs act as a medium of communication for those unheard, metaphors of reality and expression to emotions that are well kept hidden. She looks to create artwork that resonates with people to embody the soul and message.

Mahnoor Khan holds a BS in Advertising, and a MFA in Photography. She has exhibited her work in solo and groups exhibitions internationally including New York and Spain. The artist is currently living and working in New York.

David Kirsch

Adjunct Professor – Film History
B.A., Dickinson College, M.A. Harvard University

David Kirsch has M.A.s in Classics and Comparative Literature from Harvard University. He has taught at Farmingdale State College for 20 years. He teaches French and International Cinema courses.

Christopher Liang

Adjunct Professor – Audio
B.M., Berklee College of Music

Audio Dojo LLC was established in 2010 in Queens, NYC by Promax award winning audio mixer, sound designer, composer, sound recordist Christopher Liang AKA Ninjaboy, who brings extensive experience in both film and television. The journey started when he was part of the team which mixed and sound designed promos for HBO‘s hit show Sopranos and since then he has mixed thousands of spots and shows for Syfy, USA, TBS, Nickelodeon, Spike, A&E, CNN, Tru, Vh1, Discovery and Netflix.

Known for his attention to details and versatility, Christopher is high in demand in the industry. He is a re-recording mixer and sound fx designer for Independent feature films and documentaries. His collaborations include What She Said, Fire In Water, Dead Pigs, Hold The Dark, 93Queen, In Case of Emergency, Over Oceans, Myanmar: Bridges to Change, Suicide Killers, The Wall, Kiss Me Again, Outlands, Behind The Shadows and much more. Such works were featured at SundanceTribecaBushwickTellurideBANFF and Queens World Film Festivals.

Christopher also freelances as a music composer and sound designer for Viacom, in New York City. As a production sound recordist, his portfolio include recordings for Sprint, Reebok, Shiseido, Empire Market, Busby Family Eye Care and Aubin Pictures.

Harold Naideau

Adjunct Professor – Photography
B.A., Antioch College, B.F.A., Brooks Institute of Photography, M.F.A., LIU Post

Harold Naideau Harold Naideau teaches Digital Imaging, Film Aesthetics, Film Classics, Film History, Art History, Photojournalism and Documentary Film/Television. Harold Naideau is an accomplished portraiture photographer who has photographed: David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Catherine Deneuve, Gina Davis, Robin Williams, KISS, the Mayors of New York, the NY GIANTS and the NY JETS, as well as the citizens and inhabitants of the boroughs of New York.

Harold Naideau’s fashion and beauty photography has appeared in the world’s top fashion, style and beauty publications including VOGUE, TOWN & COUNTRY, MARIE CLAIRE, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Harold Naideau has published two books: Women on the Wall: Graffiti’s Urban Mythology (2015) and The Still Life (2016). His Portrait photograph of the Chef Felipe Rojas-Lombardi was used by the U.S. Postal Service last year for a Forever stamp as part of their series on Celebrity chefs. Harold Naideau’s fine art photography has been published in ARTFORUM and STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY magazines. His commercial work is represented worldwide by CORBIS / NYC and ADOBE STOCK.

Michael Prywes

Adjunct Professor – Writing & Producing
B.S., Northwestern University, J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

Michael PrywesMichael Prywes, a Long Island native, is a writer, producer, teacher, and attorney for artists and entrepreneurs. His bestselling business book “The Gasp: How to Seize that A-Ha! Moment and Turn It Into a Winning Business” teaches creatives how to launch and grow a creative enterprise.

Over the past two decades, Michael has taught at CUNY Queens College, LIU Brooklyn, St. John’s, and has guest lectured at NYU and UCLA. He has also been a producer on a number of feature films, including his award-winning theatrically-released comedy “Returning Mickey Stern,” starring Joseph Bologna, Tom Bosley, and Connie Stevens.

As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, Michael was one of twelve students selected for the two-year intensive Creative Writing for the Media Program, alongside some of today’s most renowned Hollywood writers and producers. He also completed UCLA’s yearlong professional screenwriting program.

Michael is primary counsel to the Long Island Film and Television Foundation, and continues to serve New York City and Long Island small business owners, filmmakers, performers, recording artists, writers, and innovators.