Alumni
Deniz Tortum

Deniz Tortum

Deniz Tortum is a filmmaker, researcher and designer. He was a researcher at OpenDocLab and a graduate student at Comparative Media Studies and Writing program. His CMSW thesis was titled Embodied Montage: Reconsidering Immediacy in Virtual Reality. After growing up in Istanbul, Deniz  moved to the US to study film at Bard College. His first feature film, Zayiat has been selected for SxSW and !F Istanbul Film Festivals. His recent work focuses...
Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn is a Co-Founder and Program Director of the Points North Institute, a Maine-based media arts organization that produces the annual Camden International Film Festival and other programs that serve as a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers. Sean received a master’s degree in 2015 from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies and Writing department, where he worked as a researcher at the MIT Open Documentary Lab. His...
Marisa Morán Jahn

Marisa Morán Jahn

Of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, Marisa Morán Jahn is an artist, multimedia designer, educator, and the founder of Studio REV-, a nonprofit organization whose public art projects and tools impact the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, women, and youth. Jahn originated El Bibliobandido(or ‘story thief’), an ongoing living legend built around a masked bandit who, ravenous for stories, roves the jungles of Northern Honduras — a region with an 80% illiteracy...
Julie Fischer

Julie Fischer

Julie Fischer was a researcher at OpenDocLab and a graduate student at Comparative Media Studies and Writing program. Her CMSW thesis was titled To Create Live Treatments of Actuality: An Investigation of the Emerging Field of Live Documentary Practice. She is a skilled and adaptable researcher bridging the worlds of UX, digital media and documentary film. Her key strengths are qualitative research, collaborative design methodologies, usability testing, interview-driven research and ethnography. She’s also passionate...
Raney Aronson-Rath

Raney Aronson-Rath

Raney Aronson-Rath is the Executive Producer of the iconic PBS public affairs series, FRONTLINE. Much of her work involves reimagining long-form documentary filmmaking and developing cross-platform journalism partnerships with premiere news outlets. Before managing FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath produced several notable FRONTLINE films including News War, The Last Abortion Clinic, and The Jesus Factor. Prior to FRONTLINE, she worked at ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and MSNBC. Raney Aronson-Rath Fellow, MIT...
David Dufresne

David Dufresne

David Dufresne is an award-winning independent writer and filmmaker. Fort McMoney, his latest interactive game documentary, produced by ONF/Arte, was a finalist at the SXSW festival 2014, won several international awards, and was acclaimed by the New York Times as the “marriage of the film and the video game.” In 2010, he authored and co-directed Prison Valley with Philippe Brault (Upian/Arte), which won the World Press Photo 2011 (Best interactive...
Tina Gharavi

Tina Gharavi

Tina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker, initially trained as a painter. Noted for innovative cross-platform work she has garnered the attention of the film industry through her acclaimed feature, I Am Nasrine. Sir Ben Kingsley called it “a life enhancing film… An important and much needed film.” Fearless in her approach to storytelling, her work has been selected for Sundance, broadcast globally and her installations exhibited at museums around the...
Kathy Im

Kathy Im

Kathy Im is Director of the Media, Culture and Special Initiatives program at the MacArthur Foundation where she is responsible for the Foundation’s support of nonprofit investigative and explanatory reporting, social issue documentary film production, and innovation in public interest media. Under Im’s leadership, MacArthur has been a key partner in supporting the development of digital technologies and platforms at prominent nonprofit journalism and documentary institutions. She has guided the...
Suvi Andrea Helminen

Suvi Andrea Helminen

Suvi Andrea Helminen is an interactive and documentary filmmaker from Denmark, currently based in Boston. She graduated from The National Film School of Denmark’s documentary department. Her first interactive documentary “48 Hour Games” was released in December 2012. It is currently touring and it has been showcased at panels and live events at SXSW Interactive, CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival), Game Developers Conference San Francisco, and the Nordic Game...
Karim Ben Khelifa

Karim Ben Khelifa

Karim Ben Khelifa is a photojournalist who freelances regularly for Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Stern, GEO and dozens of others. He is also the co-founder of Emphas.ism an online platform that connects audiences and freelance journalists in order to create global communities and alternative funding models for visual storytelling. He is currently the 2013 Carroll Binder Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Karim Ben...