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Film Directors Alumni

Karen Moncrief directed Blue Car (2002), starring Agnes Bruckner, David Strathairn, Margaret Colin, and Frances Fisher. It was picked up by Miramax after the Sundance Film Festival and released nationwide. Karen began writing Blue Car while at LACC in 1998 and the script won the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Her second feature The Dead Girl played at the AFI Fest in November 2006 and opened in theaters January 12th, 2007. The film was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Director. Karen's all-star cast includes Toni Collette, Brittany Murphy, James Franco, Marcia Gay Harden, Giovanni Ribisi, Mary Beth Hurt, Mary Steenburgen, and the co-star of Carrie, Piper Laurie.

Mimi Leder directed Deep Impact (1998), starring Tea Leoni and Elijah Wood, and The Peacemaker (1997), starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. She also directed nine television movies and various episodes of L.A. Law, E.R (she won an Emmy for an E.R. episode) and China Beach. Mimi's latest feature, Pay It Forward (2000) stars Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment. Her TV series the Beast ran in June and July 2001. She is currently directing and producing for television, and is Executive Producer nominated for a 2020 Emmy for "The Morning Show" on Apple TV+.

Tamra Davis directed Half Baked (1998), starring David Chapelle, Best Men (1997), starring Drew Barrymore and Dean Cain, Billy Madison (1995), starring Adam Sandler, CB4 (1993) starring Chris Rock, and Guncrazy (1992), starring Drew Barrymore. She also directed many music videos, including I've Got You, Babe with Cher, Beavis and Butthead, The Lemonheads' It's About Time, and Tone-Loc's video Wild Thing. Her feature, Skipped Parts, was co-produced by SHARON ORECK. Two generations of LACC Cinema Alums collaborated on this feature. New Times called it "the best teen movie of the year." It is now out on video. In 2002 Tamra directed the feature sports documentary Keep Your Eyes Open (2002), starring Mike D (Michael Diamond of the Beastie Boys), Sunny Garcia, Matt Hoffman, Spike Jonze, Seth Morrison and Travis Pastrana. Her other film in the same year was Crossroads (2002) with Britney Spears, Aston Mount, Zoe Saldana and Dan Akroyd. She is currently directing for television.
Tamra Davis' Credits
Sharon Oreck's Credits

Albert Hughes of the Hughes brothers directed American Pimp (1999), a feature documentary, Dead Presidents (1995), starring Larenz Tate, and Menace II Society (1993), starring Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate and Samuel L. Jackson. The Hughes brothers have directed 30 rap music videos. Their latest film, From Hell (2001) with Johnny Depp and Heather Graham got two thumbs up from Ebert & Roeper. Albert was the executive producer for one episode of Touching Evil (2004).
Albert Hughes' Credits and profile

Maggie Greenwald's feature, Songcatcher went into release June, 2001. The film won the Special Jury Prize for the best ensemble cast at the Sundance Film Festival. The ensemble includes Janet McTeer from Tumbleweeds, Jane Adams, and Aidan Quinn. Maggie has since been directing for Television.
Maggie Greenwald's Credits

Tarsem Singh's feature, The Cell opened on August 18, 2000 and was the top-grossing film of the weekend. Singh's feature film directing career has included 2008's The Fall, Immortals (2011). and Self/Less (2015). As of 2017, he is Executive Producer and a director of the NBC television series Emerald City.
Tarsem Singh's Credits

Kevin is currently Preisdent of the ACE - American Cinema Editors.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for picture editing on Alexander Payne's movie "The Descendants". He was nominated for an ACE award for Best Edited Feature Film for "Election", "About Schmidt"& "Sideways" and "Nebraska".
Kevin Tent's Credits

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Cinema Television Department
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Jen Vaughn
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Cinema
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