AMIR HUSAK (instructor)

Amir Husak has worked as a director, editor and sound designer on numerous films and art installations. Combining emergent and traditional media, essay and experimental techniques, Husak’s work explores documentary as social practice and investigates digital media representation of history and identity. He has shown at such diverse places as South by Southwest (US), Sundance Film Festival (US), Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Stadtmuseum Graz (Austria), P.O.V./PBS (US), and TV Cultura (Brazil). Husak currently teaches in the School of Media Studies and chairs the Documentary Studies Certificate program at The New School. 

Harshal Alurkar (COUrse assistant)

Harshal Alurkar aka Harsh Pundit, was born and brought up in western part of India. He pursued Software Engineering for undergrad, but parallely, he also built a formidable portfolio of acting in Theater and short films. This brought him to New York to pursue a Masters in Film & Media at The New School, where he is enjoying his last semester now. He is interested in formal experiments and technological extensions to film like VR or installations, making layered video works that are strongly philosophical in nature. 

SANA AKRAM 

Sana Akram is an Urbanist, Architect, Photographer and a Digital Storyteller interested in Urban Narratives, People-Space relationship, Collective Memory, Architectural & Street Photography, and Documentary Filmmaking. As a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan, she aims to establish a cross disciplinary practice exploring emergent media for civic engagement. 

ANNA GEDAL

Anna is a creative strategist, writer, and researcher currently pursuing a Media Studies MA with a focus on immersive storytelling for emerging technology. For the past ten years, I’ve designed and written digital experiences and films for cultural institutions across the country. More recently, I’ve been experimenting with non-linear narratives for virtual spaces. 

ANDREA GRUJIC

Andrea was born in Belgrade, raised in Budapest, and lived in Oslo before moving to New York. Sounds somewhat hectic, right? Well, being a diplomat’s daughter comes with the nomadic, pack-the-boxes-on-the-fly lifestyle. With each move, she eagerly adapted to new people, cultures and languages. Since she graduated from Hunter College with a major in Media Studies in 2018, Grujic has fully immersed herself in work. Along with a series of independent projects and freelancing, such as food blogging and photography gigs, she chose to dedicate her talents to the hospitality industry. 

CANDICE JAIMUNGAL

Candice Jaimungal was born at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York to new immigrant parents from Trinidad and Tobago. Her educational background is in Psychology, with interest in using psychophysiology, trauma, and resilience research for refugee women and children. She is now in her final semester of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School, concentrating in Governance and Rights and with interest in Human Rights, Migrants and Gender. Candice’s work background includes community organizing and advocacy work for public interest groups, non-profits, think-tanks and multilateral organizations 

EMILY KELLER

Emily was born and raised in Silver Spring Maryland, a 30-minute train ride from Washington DC. Being so close to politics and human rights, sparked curiosity in the field at a young age. Emily began getting involved in social movements in high school, joined Model UN and later while studying Communications with a minor in Political Science from Marist College, had the opportunity to study and work in London on issues related to child health with DFID. Emily will be graduating with her Masters in International affairs concentrating in media and culture this Spring. She wants to implement her dual background through the use of media to raise awareness and bring public attention to human rights violations. 

VEDIKA KUSHALAPPA

Originally from Coorg, which is a tiny coffee plantation in South India. Lived there for 8 years, and then my family moved to Dubai, so I had to migrate too. I moved to New York after graduating from high school. I major in Integrated Design (focus on Design and Technology) with a minor in Film Production in Parsons and Economics in Lang. I love technology and excited to see the state of our future, as it develops. I am interested in the intersection of art and technology – I have been trying out and learning new emerging technologies. I enjoy making experimental animations, digital drawings, etc. 

Lillian xuege Li

Lillian Xuege Li is a Chinese filmmaker currently completing her Documentary Studies graduate certificate at The New School. With a background in film and graphic design, Lillian holds a passion towards visual communication and media experimentation. She understands time as an architectural structure and the act of building as a way to connect with others and the world. 

anjali nair

Anjali Nair is an MFA candidate in the Transdisciplinary Design program, with a meandering background in Cognitive Science, Music, and Sonic Design Strategy. In her work, she explores the social interactions and infrastructures of cities, DIY arts communities, and the ethics of participatory design practices.

kate parvenski

Kate Parvenski is an artist and multimedia producer currently pursuing a Masters in Media Studies at The New School, with a focus on documentary studies and editing. Her passion for people and storytelling has led to a range of roles at nonprofit arts organizations across New York City, including building and supporting diverse teams at StoryCorps, Textile Arts Center, Parsons School of Design, and most recently Shared_Studios. She was born in Hartford, CT and has lived in New York City for the past 11 years. She’s currently located in Borough Park, Brooklyn with her cat named Earl.

carmen soto diaz

Carmen Soto was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to NYC one year ago to pursue her Master’s Degree. Her educational background is in Psychology with a minor in International Relations from The University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. She is now in her final semester of Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School, concentrating in Media and Culture. Her work background has concentrated on women, mainly in the Latin American population within the area of Human Rights and Migration. 

aldana vaccaro

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and currently live in New York City. I have been working in unscripted television and documentary film production for over fifteen years, during which I founded Dos Pandas – a production company operating in both Argentina and the US. Through it, my partner and I have created over 600 hours of award winning television for top performing networks across Latin America. This spring, I will be graduating from The New School’s MA in Media Studies, with a focus on documentary filmmaking. I have written, directed, produced and edited five short films to date.