Our Team

WORKSHOP SUPERVISORS / INSTRUCTORS



Chris Ungco

After graduating from the School of Visual Arts with a Master’s in Film, Chris spent the next decade working with some of the most progressive filmmakers in New York and LA on commercial content and series episodes for agencies and studios including Billboard, Universal McCann, Comedy Central, NBC, HBO, Amazon, Netflix, and Sesame Street.

In 2014, his sense of public urgency and cultural curiosity led him to the Patton Veterans Project where he relearned definitions of valor, service, and community through both active duty and transitioning veterans, and their families. “We may all feel a sense of otherness at times, but honest expression in safe spaces can often help us find peace and self-fulfillment as well as broaden our understanding of community.” chrisungco.com/cinematography


Kyle Kelley

Kyle is a cinematographer & colorist with extensive experience in both documentary and fiction production. He shoots regularly for Axios on HBO and has shot multiple fiction and documentary features, including Good Ol’ Girl (official selection, SXSW); While I Breathe, I Hope (Southeast Emmy winner, New Orleans Film Festival, Hot Springs, DocNYC, ); Maggie Black; Uncle Peckerhead; American Experience: Sealab; and forthcoming films It Cuts Deep and Train Keeps A Rolling. https://www.kylekelley.nyc/work


Traven Rice

Traven is a New York City-based filmmaker devoted to telling stories about the magical moments in our everyday lives. She recently completed the pilot for Division Street, a digital series focused on a shy, mixed-race young girl who is sent to live with her cranky grandmother in a magical neighborhood in NYC. The pilot has screened in festivals around the world. Rice was nominated for Best Director at Stareable Fest in New York City and Division Street was nominated for best pilot at NY WebFest. She studied at the FAMU Film Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, and at the Vancouver Film School. Her first short film, The Night Tram, was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Rice has a foundation in theater, having directed many live productions, including a recent production of Paula Vogel’s Indecent at Alley Repertory Theater in Boise, Idaho. She is a longtime practitioner of meditation in the Soto Zen tradition. (www.travenrice.com)


INSTRUCTORS



Jon Olson

Jon Olson is a versatile filmmaker who has been in the field since 2009. In 2015 he co-founded a production company that has primarily made videos for non-profit companies like Kids Against Cancer and The Actuary of New York. He began a second career as a film educator in 2016 when he began teaching for the New York Film Academy. Later that same year he began instructing for the Patton Veterans Project. Hailing from a military family, Jon is sympathetic to veterans issues, and has been continually awed by the cathartic power of filmmaking when expressing traumas of all varieties. Jon can also currently be found discussing his favorite topic, film, on his weekly podcast views in Paradox.


Thom Hunt

Thom is a Producer & Writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He has created work for Adult Swim, Comedy Central, IFC, among others. Most of his work is focused on comedy and animation production. He is currently producing a few animated projects plus a series of his own.


Eden Alexis Martinez

Eden Alexis Martinez (They/Them) is a New York native, Puerto Rican-American filmmaker who’s work explores the chaos, beauty, and ridiculous collision of intersectionality and identity. Mentored by Alex Karpovsky (Girls) and Chris Chan Roberson (NYU Tisch School of the Arts), Eden spent the subsequent decade dipping her toe into – okay, diving headfirst into – production; learning the ropes by taking every available creative and/or behind-the-camera role available.Eden’s breadth of industry knowledge and hands-on set experience has allowed her to hone a directorial style entirely her own. In her 8 years of agency experience, Eden has worked on countless projects, focusing primarily on docu-style branded content. With @Spot creative, she helmed teams as senior creative producer & director, and worked with clients such as Don Mischer Productions, The 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and Verizon. In 2016 they pursued freelancing as a director and producer. They have since achieved success working on videos for clients such as Vogue, Discovery+, and HGTV.


Andi Obarski

Andi is a New York-based cinematographer whose work includes short and long form narrative fiction, music videos, web series and commercials. She has shot in South Korea, France, Canada and and is a member of IATSE Local 600, ICFC, Film Powered and CXX Nuwave. “I would also probably say that my favorite IWT project was my first one as part of the VA clinical study we did with the Bedford VA Hospital in MA.” https://vimeo.com/306592391


Chelsey Rogers

Chelsey is a commercial freelance video editor based out of the Carolinas. An Army Brat, she grew up moving around different bases in the south and overseas, but considers Ft. Bragg, NC her home. She graduated with a dual degree in Photography and Digital Media Arts – Cinema from John Brown University, and enjoys shooting documentary-style short films. Editing is one of her true passions, using Adobe Premiere and Final Cut.


Dani Tenenbaum

Dani began making movies in Israel and refined his craft at Minshar Film School. His short film Guides was accepted into a variety of international film festivals including the Jerusalem Film Festival and the San Francisco shorts festival as well as winning the grand prize at the New York Indie Works Short Festival. After moving to New York City, Dani continued to make compelling cinema, winning a cinematography award for the short Zoe in the 48 Hours International Film Festival. He continues to create a buzz for himself both in New York and Israel.


Zach Timm

Zach is a NYC-based filmmaker/digital media creator dedicated to using different mediums to tell stories. As well as doing work for NYPL, SXSW and a number of other companies he is a founding member of the film collective, Filmshop, and manages the social media for Patton Veterans Project. https://www.zachtimm.com/