School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies - Film Department Faculty

Monique Anair

Assistant Professor, Film Production and Media Studies; Coordinator, Grants and Contract Training: Program Director, New Mexico Filmmakers Academy

Monique holds a B.S. degree in mass communications and film from Emerson College and an M.A. degree in educational leadership from the University of New Mexico. She started at SFCC as an adjunct faculty member  with the Film Technician Training Program in 2005 and has been an assistant professor since 2008. Monique is a member of the University Film and Video Association and New Mexico Film Resource. She has served on multiple state and national committees addressing women in technology-based careers.

Monique's pedagogical practice is embedded in the theories of Emilia Reggio and Turning Points, which focuses on democratic learning to create classrooms that help people and communities empower themselves to greater potential. At SFCC Monique teaches cinematography, Women Make Media and environmental communications.

Kelly Bahr
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Kelly has studied film since middle school and really got her start by working in costumes in Orlando, Florida, where she worked on features such as “H2O Extreme" and "Beethoven's Big Break." Kelly graduated from Valencia Community College in Orlando in 2008, with an AS in Film Production and a couple of Digital Media certificates. In 2009 Kelly moved to New Mexico, where she started to pursue production and office work, and interned on "The Dry Land."

Kelly currently teaches three film classes at Santa Fe Community College: Film Crew Internship, Film Crew II: The Business of Film, and she co-teaches Directing and Producing for the Independent Film. One of her strongest traits is her ability to step up and take the initiative to organize and motivate her colleagues. She considers herself a student for life, studying the world, and hopes to now pass on her best skills to her students.

Brett Becker
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

In 2006, Brett earned his bachelor's degree from Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Washington. During his time there he was the post-production sound editor on feature films A Day in the Hype of America and On the Rocks as well as working on various smaller productions. While visiting New Mexico in 2007, Brett was surprised to discover a strong and vibrant film community. That same year he joined the IATSE Local 480 and began getting hired as a 'sound utility.' Five years and seventeen shows later Brett now regularly works as a boom operator.

In past years, Brett has given one-day location sound intensives for SFCC's Film Crew Training students and acted as a sound mentor on SFCC productions. As instructor for FILM 236, Sound for Film class, Brett looks forward to sharing his experience recording location sound as well as studio post-production.

Leslie Harrell Dillen
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

As an actress, Leslie has appeared in theatre, television and film, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. As playwright, Leslie’s plays have been produced in Massachusetts, New York, California and Washington. Leslie has also written and performed five solo shows, which she presented on stages throughout the U.S and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and at the New York Fringe Festival.

Leslie's teaching credits include: Beginning Acting at The American Conservatory Theater under William Ball in San Francisco, Speech at Circle in the Square in New York, and Playwriting at MIT. Leslie trained with Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse and got her MA in Creative Writing at Boston University. She has taught Performing for Film and Media at SFCC since 2011.

Katie Douthit
Adjunct Faculty, Film and Media Arts Program

Katie Douthit moved to Los Angeles in 1984, where she received her film and television makeup training from Elegance Academy of Professional Make-Up. At that time she began to work in the film industry. After Katie had her son she felt the need to come back home to New Mexico. In 1994 she joined IASTE local 480, and in 1996 local 706 in Los Angeles. Katie has worked as a licensed hair and makeup artist on over 25 films and television productions here in New Mexico. Her resume of television commercials and print ads shot in New Mexico and California are too numerous to mention. She has been with SFCC since 2005.

Peter M. Kershaw
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Peter Kershaw is an International award winning filmmaker with over 100 credits and 20 years in the Industry. Peter moved from Europe to Santa Fe in 2010. Peter's awards include the prestigious Royal Television Society Awards (RTS) for innovation and Best Independent Production. His comic satire 20 Ways won the New Mexico New Visions and Panavision Awards and was funded through crowdfunding.

Peter is CEO of the Independent Santa Fe production company Duchy Parade Films LLC. Duchy's 2010 stop motion animation The Astronomer's Sun has won 16 International film festival awards to date. Peter is currently in distribution with 20 Ways, developing feature film projects including development on First Rodeo and shooting Series Two of the New Mexico eco web drama series CYPHERS.

Jessie Lenderman
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Jessie Lenderman has worked as a documentarian, film editor and educator in New Mexico and New York, in a variety of school settings and with diverse clients. She also works as a personal biographer. Jessie holds degrees in education and in filmmaking, from Eugene Lang College at the New School for Social Research and from the College of Santa Fe. She has a background in music, and has worked as an art curator and administrator for local non-profit organizations.

Liam Lockhart
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Liam Lockhart received his Bachelor of Arts degrees from UC Berkeley in film theory and English literature, and holds an MFA in production from UCLA's Film School. He has worked professionally as an editor and sound mixer for television programming for the last twenty years. Liam has been nominated for two Emmys for sound mixing, and received the Cinema Audio Society Award for mixing Flight 93.

Liam has also been involved in theatre his entire life, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Santa Fe Playhouse, where he both acts and directs. Along with his eclectic film history/theory classes at SFCC, Liam has also taught film through the University of New Mexico, at the Waldorf School and Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences, and drama at Monte Del Sol Charter School. Liam also manages the Film Center, and serves as the film trafficker for the annual Santa Fe Film Festival. Liam has been with SFCC since 2005.

Gene Mederos
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Gene was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a BFA in theater design from the University of Miami in 1987. Gene has designed sets for theater and film in New York City, Miami and Santa Fe and has done graphic design for clients across the US. Films he has made in New Mexico have shown at the Santa Fe and the Toronto Short Film festival. Learn more about Gene at

Scott Milder
Adjunct Faculty, Film Program

Scott Milder was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He began writing at an early age, publishing short fiction in various indie horror magazines while attending college in Alamosa, CO. He graduated in 2000, after which he spent a semester teaching college English and then a year working as a technical writer at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

He went back to school in 2002, where he switched his focus from prose fiction to screenwriting and film production. He has a B.A. in English from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, as well as a B.A. in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico (2004) and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Boston University (2007).

Milton Riess
Professor of Film Production and Work Force Training

Milton Riess is currently Professor of Film Production and Work Force Training at Santa Fe Community College. His 30 years of production experience include Producer, Writer, Director, Lighting Director, Technical Director, Photo Journalist and Actor. He recently moved to Santa Fe from Los Angeles where he worked for NBC/Universal, E! Network, Style Network among other companies. Mostly recently he was creator, writer and executive producer of a pilot for a science fiction TV series, “The Kammler Code.”

Jilann Spitzmiller
Adjunct Faculty, Media Arts

Jilann Spitzmiller received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and has been working as a documentary filmmaker for 20 years. Her award-winning work has twice been shown at the Sundance Film Festival and has been broadcast on PBS, Sundance Channel, BBC, Starz/Encore, and around the world.

Jilann began teaching at SFCC in 2008, with prior teaching positions at the College of Santa Fe, University of Redlands and SACI in Florence, Italy. She enjoys working with emerging filmmakers, helping them to find their own artistic voices and stories. She is currently teaching Video Production 1, Digital Editing 2, and Making the Documentary workshops.

For more information, please contact Monique Anair, Chair, Film Department, 505-428-1738,

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