Highly regarded professionals in the field and alumni of our college, our coaches donate their time and sleep to work with our students over the four days of the Short Doc.
We can’t thank them enough.
Kat Rodriguez Since graduating from Penn State in 2013, Kat has worked in web video production. Her latest short doc, Cash Mob for Avi, was featured in ABC World News Tonight with David Muir and the Big Apple Film Festival.
Matt Ford is an avid experimenter of new forms of visual storytelling.
Before co-founding Vignette, Matt worked as a multimedia journalist for The Associated Press covering the 2008 U.S. presidential election, the “Arab Spring,” and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Before journalism, Matt worked in the Los Angeles film industry as a set and studio lighting technician on productions such as Spiderman 2 and The West Wing.
Matt studied film at Toronto’s York University and has degrees in journalism from Penn State University and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.
Shadé Olasimbo graduated from the College of Communications in 2012 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, as a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, with minors in Sociology and Theatre.
After graduation, Shadé worked at WPSU as a Producer/Editor in the Sports department, earning two Emmy nominations for her work on the Penn State Football and Men’s Basketball Coaches TV Shows. From there, she joined the University of Miami Athletic Department, serving as the Manager of Production Services, producing, shooting, editing, and directing content for all 16 teams, working hand in hand with coaches and student athletes.
Mark Stitzer is an award-winning director of photography and Steadicam operator. A 2002 graduate of Penn State’s Film program, Mark has been working in television and film production in just about every major crew role from grip, to audio, to Steadicam and directing. Because of this diverse experience range and skill set, he has been called the “Swiss Army Knife of filmmaking.”
His work ranges from commercials and shorts to feature length independent films and documentaries. In 2014 he earned an Emmy award for his work as the Director of Photography on the nationally aired PBS documentary “Water Blues Green Solutions.”
Andy Grant is always exploring new ways to create and tell interesting stories.
He has worked in television and video production for over a decade, including long form and short form documentary work for broadcast as well as new media.
He has worked for several production companies including Driftwood Productions in State College, PA and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto. He is currently a Producer/Director at WPSU in State College, PA.
Andy graduated from Penn State in 2005 with a degree in Telecommunications.
Andy Colwell is a photojournalist at the Erie Times-News and GoErie.com, where he’s worked since 2012. He’s a proud fourth-generation Penn Stater of the Class of 2011. Andy grew up in State College and attended University Park, where he received bachelor of arts degrees in photojournalism and art photography. Outside of the Erie Times-News, Andy is also works as a freelance photographer for editorial, commercial and event clients, but he’s also frequently found around the Erie area photographing, running, biking and kayaking…but never at the same time because that would be really difficult.
Andy’s pictures and video journalism have been published globally via the Associated Press and in Newsweek, People Magazine, the Denver Post and numerous newspapers across Pennsylvania. When he was in his last semester at Penn State, he was a part of the Harrisburg Patriot-News’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky scandal. Andy is an avid outdoors enthusiast and Eagle Scout who loves exploring and conserving natural spaces, crafting and sharing puns, and meeting new friends. He can be found online at andycolwell.com, vimeo.com/andycolwell and on Instagram and Twitter as @andycolwell.