Guest Artists @ SAC


Screenwriter Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith's (Legally Blonde) open discussion on her writing process and career, October 2014.


In the Studio with Mark Cendrowski

TV director Mark Cendrowski talks about the long road to his dream job, and the lessons he learned along the way.

Screenwriter Ed Solomon (Men in Black) discusses his screenwriting process, April 2013.


Jay Cassidy, Film Editor (Silver Linings Playbook) and UM Alum, discusses his career in film editing, April 2013.

Eric Bogosian, writer (Talk Radio) and actor (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) at a workshop with advanced screenwriting students, March 2013.


Samuel Estes, professional sound designer and sample engineer in the film and video game music industry, discusses the industry with SAC production students, March 2013.

David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios, and Adam Berkowitz, Co-Head of Television at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) address student questions about the television industry, November 2012.

Writer/producer Will Reiser discusses his film 50/50, November 2012. 

Benshi Ichiro Kataoka
During Fall 2012, visiting artist and professional benshi (narrator) Ichiro Kataoka performed for nine Ozu silent films. Kataoka is one of the top professional benshi in Japan.


Actor and director LeVar Burton (l) and business partner Mark Wolfe (r) visit a SAC class, October 2012.

Guest speaker Christine Lahti, an Oscar Award winning director, answers student questions, February 2011.

Chris and Mike Farah conducted a two-day workshop with SAC students on producing comedy for the digital world, Winter term 2011. Chris Farah wrote, directed, and produced the feature film Answer This! with his brother Mike Farah, President of Production for Funny or Die.

In Fall 2010, Owen Gleiberman, film critic for Entertainment Weekly, conducted a four-week course on film criticism.