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The Hanson FilmTV Institute provides a comprehensive range of programs for students, faculty, filmmakers, film organizations, and the community.


Educational Programming

Each year, the Institute organizes and hosts an extensive schedule of workshops, seminars, webinars, and panels. Covering a range of topics in the film & television industry. 


In partnership with the UA Center for Documentary Initiative and its public series DocScapes, we offer workshops and screenings with filmmakers focused on non-fiction film. 


The Institute regularly produces campus lectures and public events, bringing noted filmmakers, artists, and other industry professionals to the University of Arizona and the wider community. Previous distinguished visitors include: 


  • Stanley Nelson, director, The Black Panthers

  • Chris Eyre, producer/director, Smoke Signals

  • Allison Anders, producer/director, Gas Food Lodging

  • Charles Burnett, director, Killer of Sheep

  • Jonás Cuarón, producer/director/writer, Gravity

  • PJ Raval, producer/director/cinematographer, Before You Know It

  • Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera, producers/directors, The Infiltrators

  • Christine Vachon, producer, Boys Don’t Cry

  • Martha Sosa, producer, Amores Perros

  • Pamela Yates, producer/director and Paco de Onis, producer/writer, Granito

  • Gonzalo Amat, cinematographer, The Man in the High Castle

  • John Kilkenny, visual effects producer/art director, Avatar

  • Peter Murrieta, television producer/writer, Wizards of Waverly Place

  • Scott Stuber, producer and Netflix executive

  • Joseph T. Garrity, production designer, Best in Show

  • Jon Jost, experimental filmmaker and artist, Last Chants for a Slow Dance

  • Aaron Wickenden, director/editor, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

  • Brad Slater, talent agent, William Morris Endeavor

  • Frida Torresblanco, producer, Pans Labyrinth

  • Monika Treut, director, My Father is Coming

  • Fernanda Rossi, documentary consultant

  • Chazz Palminteri, actor, The Usual Suspects


"The Institute has given me an amazing opportunity to work with a professional writer/director to develop my research and narrative writing skills under his mentorship. As a young woman of color, I am overjoyed to be able to work with and learn from professionals who share the same desire to tell increasingly diverse and inclusive stories as I do."
- Danielle Hunt, University of Arizona, Film & Television Student

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