The Film and Television Masters Programs (MFA and MA) offered by the School of Communication and Media Arts at Sacred Heart University are “conservatory style” programs devoted to cinematic storytelling across all platforms.

Zeke Hawkins grew up in Darien, CT. Zeke graduated from the American Film Institute and Brown University and worked as the director’s assistant to Bennett Miller on the Oscar-winning film Capote. For his AFI thesis film, Equestrian Sexual Response, Zeke was nominated for a Student Academy Award.

Bad Turn Worse is his first feature film. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at AFI Fest. It’s been called “a special piece of filmmaking” by Renegade Cinema, “criminally good” by Hitfix, “a terrific film” by Indiewire, and “one of my favorite movies of 2014” by Ain’t it Cool News. ” Bad Turn Worse was released theatrically by Starz and is currently available on iTunes, Netflix, and ‘On-Demand.’ Currently, scores an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes!

Todd Barnes has been making movies with his brother Brad since their father bought a Betamax in the early 1980’s. They won the Best of Next Award at the Sundance Film Festival for their film “The Locksmith” (aka “Homewrecker”). Some of Todd’s other work has appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, played on the Showtime Network and been distributed internationally by Canal +. His commercial clients have included IBM, Adobe and Victorinox among others. Todd is a graduate of Middlebury College and Boston College Law School. He loves living in Stamford with his lovely wife Kim and their two good sons, Augie and Maverick.

Myna Joseph was nominated for a 2016 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for THE MEND. Her short film MAN screened at the Cannes Film Festival in Directors’ Fortnight, as well as Sundance, SXSW, and the New Directors/New Films Festival at Lincoln Center. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and has received a Sundance Annenberg Fellowship, an Audrey & Zygi Wilf Foundation Award, and a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship. Myna holds degrees from Wellesley College and Columbia University’s MFA film program.

Mike S. Ryan is president of Greyshack Films and a veteran of the independent film community, who started out in the industry’s 1990’s heyday with films like Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Todd Hayne’s Far from Heaven. As a producer and executive producer, he has helped realize many groundbreaking films in the last fifteen years, most made under $3 million. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit “Producer of the Year” Award, and was one of Variety’s 2007 “10 Producers to Watch.” His films have garnered nominations and prizes from the Academy Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards and many more. JUNEBUG, starring Amy Adams, made its international premiere at Cannes in 2005 and went on to be one of the lowest-budgeted feature films ever nominated for an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress, 2005). Most recently he produced Jake Mahaffy’s FREE IN DEED which won best film at the Venice Film Festival, A.D. Calvo’s THE MISSING GIRL, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and GRAIN, a Turkish/German coproduction.

Other credits include Todd Solondz’s PALINDROMES and LIFE DURING WARTIME; Kelly Reichardt’s OLD JOY (winner, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2006) and her MEEK’S CUTOFF starring Michelle Williams; Ira Sach’s 40 SHADES OF BLUE (winner, Sundance Film Festival 06); Hal Hartley’s FAY GRIM, starring Parker Posey and Jeff Goldblum; LAKE CITY, starring Sissy Spacek (premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2008), Ilya Chaiken’s LIBERTY KID (Winner of HBO’s Latino Film Festival in 2007 and in competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival), Bela Tarr’s final film, TURIN HORSE, winner at Berlin and in competition at the Toronto, Telluride and New York Film Festivals, ABOUT SUNNY (Toronto ’11), nominated for a Spirit Award for Best Actress, THE COMEDY, a drama starring comedian Tim Heidecker (Sundance and Rotterdam 2012), BETWEEN US, starring Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs, and LAST WEEKEND, starring Patricia Clarkson and Zachary Booth (premiered at San Francisco Film Festival in 2014). Mike is a New York City native and NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate. He has taught workshops and given lectures at universities and festivals including Columbia, Yale, NYU, Bard, the Atlantic Film Festival, VIFF, Indie Memphis, the San Francisco Film Society, and for the past four years has mentored as a Producer Leader at the Venice Biennale College and participated recently as a producer/mentor at EAVE PLUS in Luxembourg. He has seen an enormous number of films and writes criticism for the online site Hammer to Nail, which he cofounded with Ted Hope, and as a regular contributor to Filmmaker Magazine.

Mayuran Tiruchelvam is a screenwriter and producer of narrative and documentary films. He is a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and Film Independent Fellow.He wrote and co-produced the New York based noir THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE, executive produced by Spike Lee and released by eOne in April 2015.Through his company Dodgeville Films, Mayuran produced TO BE TAKEI – a portrait of actor and activist George Takei, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Starz Digital; romantic drama ACROSS THE SEA – winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival; and coming-of-age thriller MY FIRST KISS AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED.Mayuran co-produced the feature film THE MEND (SXSW 2014). He works as a story, script, budgeting, and pre-production consultant for independent films and dabbles in branded content, non-profit PSAs, and music videos.He earned a BA in African American and American Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and an MFA from Columbia University. Prior to his filmmaking career, he worked as a community organizer against the prison industrial complex and a radical childcare provider in New York.


is a filmmaker and editor, producing film and video through his company Langdon-Boom Productions out of Astoria, Queens since 1998. He received his BFA in Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts from Florida State University, doing his thesis work in editing.  Matthew has worked in independent film as an associate producer (Tom Noonan’s Wang Dang, Caveh Zahedi’s I Am a Sex Addict, Sophia Takal’s Green), actor (Sam Seder’s A Bad Situationist and Pilot Season, Lawrence Levine’s Gabi on the Roof in July), cameraman (I Am a Sex Addict) and editor (Josh Fox’s Memorial Day, Damon Maulucci & Keir Poltiz’s Detonator, Michael Lavine’s Weekend Away, plus several feature film trailers), and has produced and edited the documentary Air America Radio Presents People vs RNC 2004.  He has created videos with comedians such as Colin Quinn & Jerry Seinfeld (Long Story Short) Todd Barry (Borrowing Saffron), David Cross & Jon Benjamin (Tinkle) and Marc Maron (Break Room Live, WTF) and he’s a regular movie contributor to Sam Seder’s political podcast The Majority Report as “Matthew the Film Guy”. In addition to being a board member of Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory Film and Theater Workshop, Matthew has taught classes on film at the New School of Social Research, as well as the Central Queens YM&YWHA. Langdon-Boom Productions has also produced commercial videos for a variety of corporate clients such as Starwood Hotels, Coca-Cola, Société Générale, and American Express, as well as promotional videos for a variety of Broadway productions. Matthew’s short films have played at festivals around the country (Little Red Light, Underground Zero) and you can see examples of his work at


Dr. Sidney Gottlieb has been a professor at Sacred Heart University since 1976. He is the editor of the Hitchcock Annual, the George Herbert Journal, Hitchcock on Hitchcock (Univ. of California Press), Framing Hitchcock (Wayne State University Press), Hitchcock: Interviews (Univ. of Mississippi Press), and Roberto Rosselini’s Rome Open City (Cambridge University Press). A multiple recipient of Sacred Heart’s scholarship award, Dr. Gottlieb’s collection of Welles’s writings is forthcoming, and he has published essays on Hitchcock, Welles, Eisenstein, Capra, Herbert, Milton, Marvell, Vaughan, Sterne, and Austen, among others. Email:

Dr. Ross is the author of scholarly articles on subjects from Hollywood flappers in the 1920s to contemporary 3-D cinema. She has published in the journals Film History, Camera Obscura, Modernism and Modernity, Aura, and in a number of anthologies. Ross’s course offerings including Women in Film, Film History, Narrative Video Production and Screenwriting. She has been teaching film studies and production at Sacred Heart since 2006.


“Asta the Screwball Dog: Gender, Class and Hollywood’s Canine Sidekick” Cinematic Canines: Dogs and Their Work in the Fiction Film, Under Contract, 2013, Co-authored with Jim Castonguay,

“Invitation to the Voyage: The Flight Sequence in Contemporary 3D Cinema”, Film History, (vol. 24, no. 2), 2012,

“Screening the Modern Girl: Intermediality in the Adaptation of Flaming Youth”, Modernism and Modernity (vol. 17, no. 2), 2010,

“1922 – Movies and the Perilous Future”, American Cinema of the 1920s: Themes and Variations, 2009, Lucy Fischer, editor, Rutgers University Press

“The Americanization of Tsuru Aoki: Orientalism, Melodrama, Star Image and the New Woman”, Camera Obscura 60 (vol. 20, no. 3), 2005, Duke University Press

“‘Good Little Bad Girls’: Silent Comediennes and the Performance of Girlish Sexuality”, Film History, (vol. 13, no. 4), 2001, Lea Jacobs, editor, Indiana University Press

“Early Experiments with the Cinematic Flapper,”Aura, (vol. 6, no. 2), 2000, Kristin Thompson, editor.

“The Hollywood Flapper and the Culture of Media Consumption,” Hollywood Goes Shopping: American Cinema and Consumer Culture, David Desser and Garth Jowett, editors, University of Minnesota Press, 2000.