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Faculty & Staff

  • Marvin Smith
    Marvin Smith
    RTV 104
    Phone: 509.359.6673

    MA, University of Texas

    Teaching Areas: Writing, Law, Film Theory and Criticism.

  • Pete Porter
    Pete Porter
    Assistant Professor
    RTV 204
    Phone: 509.359.6136

    Dr. Pete Porter teaches filmic arts history and theory/criticism.  He also serves as director of The Spokane International Film Festival. Before joining the film faculty in 2004, Porter earned a PhD from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., and degrees from Indiana State and Grand Valley State. His dissertation argues 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).

    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 and The Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Chase Ogden
    Chase Ogden
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    RTV 204
    Phone: (509) 359-6135

    Chase Ogden teaches film production and film theory. Holding an MFA in film production from Chapman University, Ogden has been a part of 100s of different film productions 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, and Mammoth Mountain and he has had short films in over 50 festivals around the world including Cannes. 

    Ogden's current work analyzes Reflexivity in Cinema and how it is culturally impacted over time. He is also in the early stages of post production on a feature length documentary about taking risks in pursuit of a fuller life. 

  • Adam Boyd
    Adam Boyd
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    RTV 205
    Phone: 509-359-6134

    Adam Boyd teaches film production, screenwriting, and film analysis. 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 a programmer and board member for the Spokane International Film Festival (, 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 ( and is also a founding member of the Spokane Film Project (

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