Media Studies Production Cener

Pitzer College Media Studies Faculty and Staff

Alex Juhasz
Alexandra Juhasz
Professor of Media Studies
Alexandra Juhasz teaches video production and film and video theory. She has a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU and has taught courses at NYU, Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College and Pitzer College on women and film, feminist film, and women's documentary. Dr. Juhasz has written multiple articles on feminist and AIDS documentary.

Dr. Juhasz produced the feature film, The Watermelon Woman, as well as nearly fifteen educational documentaries on feminist issues like teenage sexuality, AIDS, and sex education.

Her first book, AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1996) is about the contributions of low-end video production to political organizing and individual and community growth. Her second book is the transcribed interviews from her documentary about feminist film history, Women of Vision, with accompanying introductions (Minnesota University Press).

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Jesse Lerner
Jesse Lerner
Professor of Media Studies

Jesse Lerner is a documentary film and video maker based in Los Angeles. His work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, the Sydney Biennale, the Sundance Film Festival, The New York's Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and other festivals and museums internationally.

His short film Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling) and T.S.H. (2004) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/ Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) and The American Egypt (2001) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

He has received grants and fellowships including the Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship (N.E.A.), the California Arts Council fellowship, the Brody Family Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fideicomiso para la cultura México-EE.UU (three time recipient) and a Fulbright.

In addition to his work as a filmmaker, his critical essays on photography, film, and video have appeared in Afterimage, History of Photography, Film History, The Independent, Visual Anthropology Review, The Spectator, La Pusmoderna, Wide Angle and other media arts journals. As a media arts curator, he has organized several exhibitions, including The Mexperimental Cinema, a traveling retrospective of 60 years of avant-garde film and video from Mexico, which has been presented at the Pacific Film Archives in Berkeley and the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao.

Ming-Yuen S. Ma Ming-Yuen S. Ma
Professor of Media Studies
Ming-Yuen S. Ma is a Los Angeles-based media artist. His experimental videos and installations, including Movements East and West (2003), Mother/Land (2000), Myth(s) of Creation (1997), Sniff (1997), Slanted Vision (1995), Toc Storee (1992), and Between The Lines; Who Speaks? (1994-6) have been exhibited nationally and internationally in a wide range of venues. Currently, he is working on a large-scale media project, Xin Lu, which explores the intersections between tourism, travel, immigration, autobiography, exile, and displacement.

As a curator and media activist, Ma has been affiliated with L.A. Freewaves, Visual Communications, The Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Work Fund, American Film Institute, The Los Angeles Festival, FAR (Foundation for Art Resources), MIX/NYC, and other media organizations at different points in his career. He has received grants and awards from Art Matters, Inc., the Brody Arts Fund, the Durfee Foundation, Long Beach Museum of Art, WESTAF/NEA, and other institutions.

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Gina LambGina Lamb
Professor of Media Studies
Gina Lamb is a Los Angeles artist-activist who has worked collaboratively with inner city youth for the past 16 years to foster their voices/vision through independent media production. Her projects have dealt with race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, and immigrant issues, and have been presented nationally in museums and galleries, as well as being broadcast on television and the web. She teaches production and theory in the Media Studies Field Group at Pitzer College, and has incorporated media service projects at the college level by developing a Media Arts for Social Justice curriculum, where students use their skills and resources to develop programs at REACH LA, a youth arts and action center in downtown Los Angeles.

Lamb has a history of developing and implementing long-term media arts/literacy programs for youth in South, Central, and East Los Angeles. In addition she has organized city-wide youth-driven conferences where teens present workshops on their roles as makers and consumers of independent media in a mass mediated society that systematically excludes their voices. As an advocate for media literacy in education, Lamb served for four years on the National Alliance of Media Educators.

Honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and "Anonymous Was A Woman" Award, and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and the California Arts Council.

Stephanie Hutin Stephanie Hutin
Director of Media Studies Production
Stephanie Hutin is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She earned her BFA in Electronic Intermedia at the University of Florida, and her MFA from CalArts in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media where she founded The New School for Post-Animative Thought. She works as the Director of Production, Intercollegiate Media Studies at Pitzer College. 

Hutin focuses on the performative aspects of animation, which often leads to community-based collaborations, meant to challenge the way frame by frame works are read. In 2001, Hutin co-founded Big Skills, a platform for experimental design, film, and animation projects with her partner Florencio Zavala. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Wexner Center, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Outpost for Contemporary Art, and in galleries and film festivals internationally. 

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Eddie Gonzalez Eddie Gonzalez
Assistant Director of Media Studies Production
Eddie Gonzalez is a Pomona, CA based artist whose work has included video, graphic design, and silkscreening.

He received his B.A. from Pitzer College in 2004 in Media Studies and Art.

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