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Meet the Faculty

David LadermanDavid Laderman
Title: Professor
Degrees: Ph.D., Cultural Studies, UC Davis; M.A., Film, San Francisco State University; M.A. French, Emory University; B.A., English, CSU Northridge
Teaching Experience: Since 1989
Career Highlights: Writing two books, one on road movies, one on punk music and film; teaching for CSM's Study Abroad program in London and Paris; being interviewed for the IFC documentary Wanderlust; most of all, engaging, and being engaged by, my students
Hobbies: Reading fiction, playing music, watching films, loving my dogs
Jason JakaitisJason Jakaitis
Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.F.A., Filmmaking, San Francisco State University; M.A. Communications, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; B.A., English, University of Puget Sound
Teaching Experience: Since 2001
Career Highlights: Awarded Best Short Documentary at 2011 SXSW Film Festival for documentary Mothersbane; high school students have won more than 40 national film awards in the past 5 years; community filmmaking manager for Bay Area Video Coalition
Hobbies: Following San Diego sports teams; science fiction films; hanging out with my daughter
Elena OxmanElena Oxman
Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: Ph.D., English, UNC-Chapel Hill; M.A., English, UNC-Chapel Hill; B.A., American Studies, Yale University
Teaching Experience: Since 2002
Career Highlights: Elena has taught film and filmmaking classes at Stanford University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts. Her writing and research focuses on French film and film theory. She has made documentary films with the production company American Beat, which she co-founded (with Elihu Rubin) in 1999. In 2013, she wrote and directed the narrative short film LIT.
Hobbies: Playing the drums, yoga, meditation, watching movies, making movies
Ursula Ann SiatagaUrsula Ann Siataga
Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.A., Social Documentation, University of California, Santa Cruz; B.A., Asian American Studies, Minor African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Teaching Experience: Since 2016
Career Highlights: Ursula Ann teaches the Film Studies World Cinema course with an emphasis on Pacific Islander Cinema beginning Spring 2016. Ursula Ann is a faculty member of the Mana Program curriculum committee. She is also currently the faculty advisor for the CSM Polynesian Club.
Hobbies: Learning to play the bass guitar, create short-documentaries for community organizations, support student and community events, and spend quality time with family and friends..
Ingrid SchulzIngrid Schulz
Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.F.A., Cinema, San Francisco State University
Teaching Experience: Since 1996
Career Highlights: Ingrid has worked in the editorial departments at Pixar, Dreamworks, Laika, KQED Public Television and a number of independent films. She has taught cinema courses at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, San Francisco City College and the University of Tallinn, in Estonia. Her award winning work has been screened worldwide.
Hobbies: Volunteering at the local animal shelter, art organizations, and spending time in nature
Natasha V.Natasha V.
Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.F.A., Cinema, San Francisco State University; Graduate Screenwriting Program, Columbia University; M.A. Rhetoric, U.C. Berkeley; B.A., Rhetoric, U.C. Berkeley
Teaching Experience: Since 2003
Career Highlights: Natasha has taught screenwriting for UCSC, SFSU, San Francisco Film Society, CSM, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Her scripts have won awards or placed in national screenwriting competitions; her short films have screened both here and abroad. Her creative interests focus on problems in writing for the Female Protagonist as well as Alternative Narrative Structures. She has also written for magazines, museums and the music business.