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School of Motion Pictures & Television Faculty

Jana Sue Memel

Executive Director, School of Motion Pictures & Television and School of Writing for Film, Television, & Digital Media

Academy Award-winning producer and writer.

Has Produced 25+ movies and 65+ half-hour, live-action shorts that have played as television series I more than 30 countries. Films she has produced have won Writers Guild and Directors Guild Awards, Emmys, CableACE Awards and the Humanitas Prize.

Randy Levinson

Director, School of Motion Pictures & Television

Studio executive and Independent producer.

Has developed and supervised production of over 40 feature films, and TV movies for Showtime, Starz!, USA! and Lifetime. Also executive produced The Gay Riviera, a ground breaking reality series for Bravo.

Has over 15 projects in development.

Kenn Ferro

Director, School of Motion Pictures & Television

30+ years of experience in cinematography.

Film credits include The Prophecy and The Opposite of Sex. Television credits include Desperate Housewives, Cosmos and ER. Has worked with Santana, Los Lonely Boys, Cypress Hill and more.

Jess Kreusler

Online Director, School of Motion Pictures & Television

Jess Kreusler joined Wild at Heart Films as Creative Executive in 2009, developing feature screenplays and television series including projects with Martin Scorsese, three-time Oscar-winner Mark Harris, and Richard Donner. Before becoming Online Director of the School of Motion Pictures & Television, Jess served as Online Coordinator since 2012.

Elan Santiago Cuan

Technical Director, School of Motion Pictures & Television

Elan Santiago Cuan has over 35 years of experience in the Motion Pictures, Photography and Television industry.  A native of Havana, Cuba, Elan graduated with honors from the University of Havana, Cuba, and went on to receive a Professional Merit Scholarship to the Paris National Audio-Visual Institute for his Masters.  As a Director and Director of Photography, he has worked for the National Cuban Radio and Television Network, Babylon Films, Ramon Suarez, and the National Audio-Visual Institute, among others.  Some of his past photography clients include KDTV, the Miami Herald, Emerson USA, Medical Tribune Magazine, and David Starr Make-Up.  He has worked at Academy of Art University for nearly 28 years where he has taught Studio Lighting and MFA GDS in addition to guest lecturing at Kun Shan University in Taiwan.

Jack Perez

Lead Directing Faculty, School of Motion Pictures & Television

Jack Perez has directed over a dozen feature films. His latest is a World War 2 adventure-comedy being produced by Ben Stiller. His movies include the indie hits Some Guy Who Kills People (produced by John Landis), La Cucaracha (Winner Best Feature Austin Film Festival), and The Big Empty (Winner AFI Film Fest Best New Writer). He is also the writer/director of the modern cult classic Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus; directed Wild Things 2 for Sony Columbia and wrote/directed Monster Island for MTV. He is also the director/creator of the hit Adult Swim video game, Polar Bear Payback.

His television directing credits include the pilot for Xena: Warrior Princess; episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys; the hit reality series Temptation Island and Last Comic Standing; and the made-for-television movies, Unauthorized: Brady Bunch, The Final Days and The Mary Kay Letourneau Story.

A member of the DGA & WGA, he is the recipient of awards for both writing and directing and has received the critical praise of Roger Ebert, Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News, Fangoria magazine, Film Threat, The LA Weekly, the Austin Chronicle and the New York Times.


Kris Boxell

Full-Time Faculty, School of Motion Pictures & Television

As a Production Designer, Kris enjoys the process of creating settings that support cinematic storytelling. She has extensive experience as a Set Decorator on feature films, episodic television and new media. While heading the Production Design Track in the school of Motion Pictures and Television at the Academy of Art University, Kris continues to work on projects for the big and small screens, often finding positions for graduates of our academic programs. Feature film credits include “Bull Durham”, “James and the Giant Peach”, “All About Evil” and “Blue Jasmine”.

Alfred Pollard

Set Design Manager, School of Motion Pictures & Television

Since 1976, Alfred Pollard has been designing and constructing sets for stage, television, and film. Currently, Pollard is designing a set for Shorgun Player's The Miser by Moliere. Some of Pollard's career highlights include work on an independent film called The Californians, in which he helped coordinate construction of a set with a $100,000 budget. Ultimately, the film went on to earn $10,000,000. Pollard was also an Art Director at the Sundance Film festival, where he designed three main sets and graphics for locations.