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  • Pete Porter
    Pete Porter
    Professor and Chair of Theatre and Film,General Manager of KEWU-FM
    RTV 107
    Phone: 509.359.6390

    Dr. Porter is on professional leave for the 2017-18 academic year at University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Please contact Annie Hudson or Interim-Chair, Sara Goff, with any questions about Theatre and Film.

    Dr. Pete Porter teaches Film Criticism and Screenwriting. Before arriving at EWU in 2004, he eaned 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. He has also served on the board of  The Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

    In 2015, Porter presented work at The International Water History Conference in Delft, Netherlands, the EWU Women and Gender Studies Center, the All Creatures Great and Small Conference (UC Davis) and at the University Film and Video Association. 

    He also serves as President of the Contemporary Arts Alliance, which oversees the Spokane International Film Festival.

  • Drew Ayers
    Drew Ayers
    Assistant Professor, Film Program Co-Director
    RTV 204
    Phone: 509.359.2535

    Dr. Drew Ayers teaches courses in film theory, film history, film crticism, narrative analysis and occasionally video games. Before arriving at EWU in 2015, Dr. Ayers received his BA in Clasical 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. Drew's research interests are focused on cinema, visual culture, digital technology, visual effects and nonhuman theory. His book, Spectacular Posthumanism: The Digital Vernacular of Visual Effects, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic. His work has been published in animation, Configurations, Film Criticism, and various edited anthologies. Drew also serves as a board member and programmer for the Spokane International Film Festival and is currently Co-Director of the EWU Film Program, Cheney, WA campus. 

  • Elisha Miranda
    Elisha Miranda
    Assistant Professor, Film Program Co-Director, KEWU-FM General Manager
    RTV 203
    Phone: 509.359.6136

    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.  

  • Chase Ogden
    Chase Ogden
    Assistant Professor
    RTV 205
    Phone: 509.359.6135

    Chase Ogden teaches film production, film theory and film history. 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.

    Ogden also serves as Director of SpIFF, the Spokane International Film Festival and is currently a commissioner for the Spokane Arts Commission

  • Soraya Sélène Burtnett
    Soraya Sélène Burtnett
    RTV 107
    Phone: 509.359.4010

    Soraya Sélène Burtnett, Lecturer in Film Studies, received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her M.F.A. in Directing/Cinematography from University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. She will be teaching courses in Film Production, Film and the Humanities, Screenwriting, Film Directing & Producing, and Film Criticism in the Department of Theatre & Film. She has been working as a professional director and cinematographer with numerous credits in short films and feature projects, narrative and documentary. Recent work includes shooting as cinematographer on documentary Half The Picture, about female directors working in Hollywood, to be released in 2018. Soraya is a New York City native and comes to Spokane from Los Angeles with her 3 year-old twin children. For more information on Ms. Burtnett's work in cinematography, visit Soraya Sélène Cinematography .

  • Adam Boyd
    Adam Boyd
    Quarterly Faculty
    RTV 220
    Phone: 509.359.6389

    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 is also the former Director of  SpIFF, the Spokane International Film Festival and 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 and is also a founding member of the Spokane Film Project.

  • Mikayla Daniels
    Mikayla Daniels
    Quarterly Faculty
    RTV 220
    Phone: 509-359-6389
  • Thomas Alderson
    Thomas Alderson
    Broadcast Technician II
    RTV 110
    Phone: 509.359.4225
    Fax: 509.359.4841
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