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.
Drew Ayers, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film. Drew Ayers received his BA in Classical Languages from Carleton College in 2003, his MA in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas-Austin in 2007, and his PhD in Communication (Moving Image Studies) from Georgia State University in 2012. He will be teaching courses in Film and the Humanities, Film Theory and Criticism, and Film History. Drew's research interests are focused on cinema, visual culture, digital technology, visual effects, and nonhuman theory, and he is currently at work on a manuscript that explores the digital logic and "vernacular posthumanism" of hybrid images in contemporary film, media, and visual culture. Drew is originally from Iowa, but he has lived in just about every region of the country (and a couple outside of the country). Drew is happy to settle in Spokane with his wife, son, and two dogs, and he is looking forward to exploring all of the natural wonders of this corner of the world.
Drew Ayers, PhD
Assistant Professor of Film
Eastern Washington University
Elisha Miranda teaches screenwriting, directing and script analysis. She holds an MFA in Film (Directing and Screenwriting) from Columbia University, an MCP from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning where she was a recipient of the prestigious media lab fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA in Ethnic Studies and English from the University of California at Berkeley.
For over fifteen years, Miranda has written, directed and produced projects for multiple platforms. Her films have screened and won awards both nationally and internationally at festivals such as the Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals. Miranda directed and co-wrote the New York Times acclaimed- Pandora's, a multimedia theatre show that premiered off-Broadway at the Kirk Theater on Theatre Row in New York City. She has also directed documentaries, music videos, interstitials and commercials for brands such as Harley Davidson, Mac Cosmetics, Clinique and AT & T.
Under her pen name, E-Fierce she wrote her debut young adult novel series, The Sistahood: On the Mic, about a multi-racial, all female hip-hop crew, published by Simon & Schuster. She is also a contributing author to the anthologies Juicy Mangos (Simon & Schuster), Other Rican (Random House) and The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism (Anchor Books). For her work as published author, she was awarded an author in residence at the National Book Foundation and made the YALSA book list for her young adult fiction.
A seasoned cultural activist, she has served on the board of numerous organizations serving women, youth, and people of color, as well as co-founded three community based arts organizations - including Chica Luna Productions, a New York nonprofit that seeks to increase the number of women of color in film. She is also a member of New York Women in Film and Television, as well as Women in Media.
Currently, Sangria Street, the television show she co-created is in development. Her webseries, The Go Girl Chronicles based on her graphic novel was awarded a 2014 artist grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), A 2014 Tribeca Alumni Grant and was an official winner at the 2014 Hollywood Film Festival - CineCause Initiative. Recently, she also was hired to direct the feature documentary Power to the Pencil about the contributions of people of color and women in animation. A member of the Writers Guild of America, Miranda is writing her next feature - Stainless that explores the psychological impact of racial profiling and bullying. Visit elishamiranda.com for more information.
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.
His feature length documentary "Steadfast" about the life of a ski-BASE jumper named Matthias Giraud is currently on the film festival circuit. He serves as a commissioner for the Spokane Arts Commission, and a board member and programmer for the Spokane International Film Festival.
Adam Boyd teaches film production and screenwriting. 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 Director for the Spokane International Film Festival (www.spokanefilmfestival.org) and is the former 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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