Dr. Pete Porter teaches film history, theory, and criticism. He also serves as director of The Spokane International Film Festival. He earned a PhD from Wayne State University by writing a dissertation arguing that the ancient literary form Menippean satire, a travesty of The Odyssey, the work of Plato, and old comedy, has taken shape in movies from Duck Soup (1934) to The Big Lebowski (1998). You can get a good idea of this work by reading his chapter in Lebowski 101.
Dr. Porter's recent work studies media representations of non-human animals from a cognitive-ethical perspective. He is the Film Review Editor for Society & Animals, an international journal of Human-Animal Studies. He has published in S & A, The Journal of Moving Image Studies, and the Michigan Academician. Dr. Porter serves as faculty advisor to the EWU Film Society and on the board of The Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
Chase Ogden teaches film production. Holding an MFA in film production from Chapman University, Ogden has been a part of 100s of different film projects over the years. In 2006 he co-created a magazine style outdoor sporting show called "Outdoor Storytellers" and continued to serve as the show's co-producer, cinematographer, and editor until 2009. He has worked on dozens of commercials for major clients such as Microsoft, Cisco, General Electric, the FDA, the National Park Service, and Mammoth Mountain. He has also had short films in over 50 festivals around the world including the world renowned Cannes Film Festival. He is currently a a board member and programmer for the Spokane International Film Festival.
Adam Boyd teaches film production, screenwriting, and film criticism. An alumnus of Eastern Washington University's Film Program, Boyd has spent the last seven years working in the feature film and commercial industry as a producer and assistant director both locally within the state of Washington, and all around the country. He also serves as assistant director for the Spokane International Film Festival (www.spokanefilmfestival.org), as well as the chair of the Spokane Arts Commission.
Boyd's current film work explores and analyzes the evolution of film finance and production in conjunction with emerging technology and new internet based distribution models. He is one of the lead organizers for the 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Competition & Festival (www.50hourslam.com) and is also a founding member of the Spokane Film Project (www.spokanefilmproject.com).
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