Video Production Faculty

Mona Nicoara

Pictured: Mona Nicoara

Mona Nicoară teaches Art and the History of Film.

Mona is a filmmaker, curator, writer, and educator. She started working in film in 1997 as an Associate Producer for Children Underground, which received the Special Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Her directorial debut Our School premiered in the US at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, went on to over 70 festivals worldwide, and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Feature at AFI SilverDocs. Her latest film, The Distance between Me and Me, received a Gopo Award for best Romanian documentary and the audience award at Films de Cannes à Bucarest, screened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Trieste, among others, and was the highest-grossing documentary in Romania in 2019. Nicoară’s other collaborations include principal consulting on Alexander Nanau’s Oscar-nominated Collective (2019) and on his Cinema Eye Honors-winner Toto and His Sisters (2014), as well as on Ana Lungu’s upcoming The Present of Things Past. She also works as a festival programmer, and has been teaching film, writing, and literature at Columbia University, the Cooper Union, New York University, and Rutgers. Her writings have been published in The Guardian, Decât o revistă, Dilema, and Scena 9, among others.  

[ Video Production ]Pictured is Professor Bill Garcia

William Garcia

William Garcia has been a full time faculty Teaching Instructor and Program Coordinator in the Video Program at Rutgers/Newark since…

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[ Video Production ]Faculty Teaching video production

Kimi Takesue

Kimi Takesue is Professor in the Video Program and an award-winning filmmaker working in documentary, narrative, and experimental genres. Many of her…

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[ Video Production ]Faculty member, Edin Velez

Edin Velez

Edin Velez is a Professor and Program Coordinator in the Video Production Program. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Edin…

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