Dr. Pari Sara Shirazi Biography

Pari Sara Shirazi is a passionate professional educator who creates “life-changing” programs for high school and college students worldwide. Her innovative approach to education earns her international accolades as she continues to give rise to new solutions to age-old educational challenges.

As an inspiring educator, she embraces the dynamic demands of roles of both teacher and learning leader. Ms. Shirazi is a published writer, speaker and filmmaker. She creates meaningful learning experiences through an innovative blend of the arts and education to excite students and foster personal growth.

Ms. Shirazi’s holds a PhD from New York University in Literature and Near Eastern Studies as well as a Master of Arts in Literature and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and Near Eastern Studies. She was a faculty member and Vice Dean for Tisch School of the Art, New York University when she founded the Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore, the first-degree granting campus outside of New York City.

Under her leadership, students went on to claim prestigious awards in international film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Palm Springs, Sundance and Tribeca. Ms. Shirazi’s also initiated a collaborative arts program to encourage robust interdisciplinary training for next generation artists to prepare them for the global convergence of media, performance, and technology underway today.

In her most recent years, Ms. Shirazi committed to inventive education and initiated, designed and administered international and interdisciplinary programs and curricula as Vice Dean at Tisch. She also initiated programs with the BBC, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, FAMU in Prague, the Ludwig Foundation in Cuba, Shanghai Academy of Arts, and The Abby Theater.

She shares her vision for education and forges strong ties with diverse institutions and governments around the globe. Her signature course is “Topic Courses.” Each semester she selected a country with special history, or amidst a political and economic change. During the course students had lectures in history, politics, economics, arts, and culture of the specific country. The class included a two-weeks travel to the country to attend lectures by the faculty of a local university and immerse in the culture by forging relationship with the university students. In addition to Topic courses, Dr. Shirazi taught other courses such as Script analysis, Traditions in Narrative and Iranian Cinema.

Ms. Shirazi was on the Board of Directors of MediaCorp of Singapore and American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. She is also the founder of The Institute for Artists and Global Change and a key member of the Association of Iranian Studies in the U.S., the International Women’s Writing Guild and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. She is in the midst of writing a historical novel. She lives in New York City.


David K. Irving Biography

David Irving formal education in the arts began with a BFA in theatre from a liberal arts college near Columbus, Ohio. He went on to earn his MFA in film from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), a leading U.S. visual and performing arts college. In 1974, he received an American Institute intern grant to work with Robert Wise on The Hindenburg (Universal Pictures).

Mr. Irving went on to explore live theater on the west coast and to direct feature films. His professional film credits include Goodbye, Cruel World (1983) with Dick Shawn and Cynthia Sikes; The Emperor's New Clothes (1987) with Sid Caesar and Robert Morse; Sleeping Beauty (1987) with Morgan Fairchild, Tawnee Welch, and Sylvia Miles; Rumpelstiltskin (1987) with Amy Irving and Billy Barty; C.H.U.D. II (1988) with Robert Vaughn and Gerrit Graham and Night of the Cyclone (1990) with Kris Kristofferson and Marisa Berenson. During the latter part of the nineties, Kenneth Irving turned his attention towards writing and directing documentary shorts.

Through his career he amassed many awards including the Bronze Chris Award three times; the Cine Golden Eagle three times, and both the USA Festival and the New York Festival, World Medal, twice. In 2014, the Smithsonian chose to preserve his African American Artist Series through 2006 series.

David Irving is known for his creative excellence, critical reflection, and developing new forms and expressions.He shares his experience and knowledge with others as an educator, lecturer and writer.

Mr. Irving is an Associate Professor in Film and Television at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and has chaired both the graduate and undergraduate departments. He is a dedicated educator with three published texts to his credit on teaching, film directing fundamentals and producing short film and video. He won the David Payne Carter Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007.

Mr. Irving believes in the value of collaborative work in the arts and travels the world to share his vision of filmmaking. His lectures have taken him across the US and abroad to China, the Czech Republic, France, South Africa and Israel. His inspiration and dedication have been instrumental to the success of his students who have gone to earn accolades and win awards
for their own work.


Boris Frumin Biography

Boris Frumin is a screenwriter, director and film producer with roots in the early development of the Russian film industry. Educated at the State Institute of Cinema (VGIK) in the USSR during the late sixties, Boris’ enthusiasm and dedication were quickly recognized. He did his internship and was first assistant director on a full-length feature film by 1970.

Since that time, Boris has written, directed and produced many independent films and won countless prizes at prestigious film festivals worldwide including the Vybourg and Kinotavr film festivals in Russia, the Locarno film festival in Switzerland and the Toronto film festival in Canada. He also earned critical acclaim in the Mannheim-Heidelberg film festival in Germany and the Rimini film festival in Italy. Boris Frumin has also contributed to Sundance, Filmex, Cannes, and both the New York and London Film Festivals over the past forty years.

Boris Frumin continues to dedicate his life to creativity through education. He is an associate professor with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Kanbar Institute of Film and TV. It is here that he educates and inspires aspiring filmmakers to turn vision into reality. His global perspective on filmmaking encourages collaboration, a free flow of ideas and the use of the right tools to integrate creativity into our technologically demanding world.

Boris’ hands-on experience makes him entirely suited to teaching all aspects of the filmmaking process. In addition to technical skills, Boris teaches students to manage tight deadlines, manage increasingly restricted budgets and ways to hone their organizational skills. Student creativity and vision comes to life through teamwork, respect and tolerance for other viewpoints as well as strong interdisciplinary training.

Mr. Frumin continues to offer his expertise as a judge in competitions for young talent as he has in the past at the Turin Film Festival, Moscow Student Film Festival, Tbilisi International Film Festival, Orlando film Festival, and NYU’s “First Run” Film Festival. He also works with young film directors in seminars and workshops when possible. He has already done so in Sweden, South Africa, Russia, Latvia, Georgia, Estonia, and Argentina.

Mr. Frumin’s strong vision and implementation of the skills needed to merge art and education is clearly seen in his students. Many have earned honors and recognition for their own work.


Pat Murphy Biography

Pat Murphy is an Irish film maker currently based in Dublin and Singapore where she teaches on the MFA Graduate Film Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Asia. Prior to this, she held a lectureship in Film Studies at Queen’s University Belfast.

Pat’s first feature, Maeve, was screened at the Venice Film Festival in 1981 and won the Best Irish Film Award at Cork later that year. A second feature Anne Devlin(1983), represented Ireland in competition at a number of major international festivals. Nora, starring Ewan McGregor and Susan Lynch, was completed in 2000. All three films were released internationally, screened at festivals, and broadcast on television.

In addition to writing, directing and co-producing, Pat is active across a wide range of creative disciplines. Her film and performance installation The Muybridge Solo was presented at Vehicule Art Inc. Montreal. In 1992, she was commissioned to make a film installation for the Strokestown Famine Museum. In 1994 and 1997 she collaborated with the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Irish Film Centre in curating film and seminar programmes for the major exhibitions From Beyond the Pale and The Event Horizon. In 2003, she completed a documentary about disability issues, This is us we’re talking about….”.

Pat has a BA in Fine Art from Hornsey College of Art and a MA in Film and Television from the Royal College of Art. Her short graduate film Rituals of Memory was shown as part of the groundbreaking Hayward Gallery Exhibition Film As Film. Between 1977-78 she had a scholarship to the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Pat was a founder Board Member of both FILM BASE and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland. In 2003, she was elected to Aosdana, an association of artists whose work is recognized by the Irish Government as having made an outstanding contribution to the arts.

Her most recent film is Tana Bana: the warp and the weft, a feature documentary about the silk weaving communities of Varanasi, India. Tana Bana premieres at JDIFF, the Dublin International Film Festival, in March 2015.

ature documentary about the silk weaving communities of Varanasi, India. Tana Bana premieres at JDIFF, the Dublin International Film Festival, in March 2015.


Jon Hammond Biography

Jon Hammond is an educator and filmmaker. He has since 2008 been an Assistant Arts Professor at New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts Asia,in Singapore, New York University’s first degree-granting, overseas campus. He has specialized in the teaching of editing, and has also occupied a variety of administrative posts, including: Interim Chair of the Graduate Film Dept, Head of

Editing, and Chair of the Film Dept Curriculum committee, the Governance and Welfare committee, and various Faculty and student review committees. In these various capacities, he has been instrumental in the shaping and running of this pioneering venture.

Born and brought up in London, UK. Jon attended Harrow School, and London University’s, St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, where he obtained his first degree as a doctor of medicine. Having completed his medical internships, Jon

took his skills to the BBC where he worked on a variety of documentaries and dramas as an assistant editor. Simultaneous with working at the BBC, Jon studied Philosophy, at London University’s, Birckbeck College. Leaving the BBC

(and Birckbeck) in 1989, Jon attended the UK’s, National Film and Television School as an editor from where he graduated in 1994.

Since then he has been a freelance film editor across all genres of filmmaking but most especially Feature films and TV Drama. From early in his editing career, Jon interspersed his editing with teaching at a variety of UK and international film

schools, including: the UK’s, National, London, and Metropolitan, Film schools,and internationally, the Internationale Filmschule in Köln, and La Escuela

Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba. Here he conducted an annual editing workshop from 1999 until his full-time employment at Tisch in 2008.

In 2014 in addition to his teaching duties at Tisch, Jon edited two feature films. A low budget American independent film set in Singapore and the Philippines, “Remittance” and a comedy of manners, “Our Sister Mambo” produced by

Singapore’s Cathay films. Both films will be released in 2015.


Sheril D. Antonio Biography

New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cinema Studies, Ph.D. Contemporary African American Cinema 1999

New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Studies, M.A. 1986

New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Film and Television, B.F.A. with honors, 1981

Sheril Antonio has worked closely with numerous organizations nationally and internationally including the Museum of the Moving Image, Ghetto Film School, and the U.S. State Department

She serves a national and international judge for Panasonic Kid Witness News and has participated in the Insight Film Festival and lectures frequently to a variety of audiences such as Peking University Lincoln Center Education and The Children’s Village

Dr. Antonio writes for Huffington Post - and Stackstreet - and is a film lecturer, scholar, and author whose book and essays have been published by Peter Lang, Indiana University Press, the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound, Black Camera, Silver Birch Press, and Bertz Verlang.