Sean Baker

As the 2018 Hirshon Director-in-Residence, Sean Baker was honored for his socially engaged and stylistically brave approach to filmmaking—hallmarks of a School of Media Studies education. “Sean’s films resonate with our students and the type of filmmaking we foster at the School of Media Studies,” … Read More »

Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno

  Since 1972, Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno have worked to expand public access to electronic media through the Downtown Community Television Center in New York City. Driven by the belief that citizen access to media production strengthens democracy, the pair have provided free or low-cost production courses … Read More »

Toni Dove

Toni Dove, 2014 Dorothy H. Hirshon Artist-in-residence at the School of Media Studies at The New School, lives and works in New York. Since the early 1990s, Dove has produced unique and highly imaginative embodied hybrids of film, installation art and experimental theater. Exploring motion sensing … Read More »

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Over the last four decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson, 2013 Dorothy H. Hirshon Artist-in-residence at the School of Media Studies at The New School, has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. One of the most influential media artists, Hershman Leeson is widely … Read More »

Benh Zeitlin

The 2013 Director-in-Residence was Benh Zeitlin, the extraordinarily gifted young filmmaker whose first feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the Camera D’Or at Cannes, and received four Oscar Nominations including Best Picture and Best Director.

Ramin Bahrani

Ramin Bahrani, 2012 Director-in-Residence, is an American director and screenwriter. Film critic Roger Ebert listed Bahrani’s film Chop Shop as the 6th best film of the 2000s and hailed Bahrani as “the director of the decade.”[1] Bahrani was the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, and was the subject of several international retrospectives … Read More »

Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin is a Canadian filmmaker with numerous shorts and 11 feature films to his credit, including the Emmy Award-winning ballet film Dracula — Pages From A Virgin’s Diary (2002); The Saddest Music in the World (2003); My Winnipeg (2007); and US National Society of Film Critics Best Experimental Film Prize-winners Archangel (1990) and The Heart of … Read More »

Haile Gerima

Haile Gerima is an Ethiopian film director, screenwriter, writer, producer, and philosopher. He has been a professor of film at Howard University in Washington, DC, since 1975. After the award-winning Ashes & Embers (1982) and the documentaries Wilmington 10—U.S.A 10,000 (1978) and After Winter: Sterling Brown (1985), Gerima filmed his epic, Sankofa (1993). This … Read More »

Jim Stark

Jim Stark, 2009 Director-in-Residence, is a seminal independent film producer, whose career spans over thirty years. He produced Jim Jarmush’s Down by Law, Coffee and Cigarettes, Mystery Train and Night on Earth; Alexandre Rockwell’s In the Soup, which launched Steve Buscemi’s career; Greg Araki’s The … Read More »

Cynthia Wade

Cynthia Wade, 2008 Director-in-Residence who taught cinematography in the graduate certificate program in Documentary Media Studies, was nominated for her second Academy Award with her film Mondays at Racine. She previously won the same category, Best Documentary (short subject) in 2008 for Freeheld. With over 20 years of filmmaking … Read More »

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned – and daring – creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Recognized worldwide as a groundbreaking … Read More »

John Waters

John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. Aside from filmmaking, John is also an accomplished writer, photographer and visual artist. He has published multiple collections … Read More »


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The MA in Media Studies gives students experience in creative media making, critical analysis, and entrepreneurialism. The Media Management MS offers the practical experience you need to succeed in today's media industries. The Documentary Studies Certificate program provides an opportunity to study documentary filmmaking in a small, tightly focused program. The Media Management Certificate Program provides a strong foundation of management principles and leadership skills to find work in the ever-changing global media landscape.