Master Artists - Cinematic Arts

YoungArts’ master artists are some of the most distinguished and accomplished artists in their fields. These master artists support YoungArts’ mission to cultivate and inspire the next generation of artists by graciously lending their time and expertise to work with YoungArts participants in each of our ten disciplines.  Spending time with these master artists in an intimate setting, YoungArts participants come away with inspiring and life-changing experiences.

YoungArts master artists serve in a wide variety of capacities: as discipline coordinators, national reviewers, selection panelists, master teachers, editors and curators.  These master artists, each at different points in their careers and with unique perspectives on their art form, represent the myriad of versions of what it means to be a successful artist, and have helped many students understand what it takes to make a career and find fulfillment in the arts.

SELECT MASTER ARTISTS IN CINEMATIC ARTS

Doug Blush | 1984 YoungArts winner in Cinematic Arts | Doug Blush is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer whose credits include the 2013 Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom, for which he also received the ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing. He is Editor and Associate Producer of the 2012 Oscar- nominated and multiple Emmy Award-winning documentary The Invisible War and the new documentary The Hunting Ground, which aired on CNN in fall 2015. His credits include more than 50 other documentary and narrative features and television shows. His film Of Two Minds, co-directed with his wife Lisa, is an intimate look at three people living with bipolar disorder. It won both the 2013 EIC Prism Award and SAHMSA Voice Award for excellence in films on mental health. Doug has taught at Northwestern University, USC, UCLA and Syracuse University, as well as in Indonesia and Brazil. He currently runs MadPix, Inc. 

Andy Fickman | Andy Fickman is an American director of film, television and theater. His credits as a theatre director include the musicals Heathers: the Musical and Reefer Madness as well as the play Jewtopia.  Film credits include She's the ManYou AgainParental Guidance and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.

John Gatins | An actor, producer, and screenwriter, John is the 2013 writer of the Oscar-nominated Flight. An accomplished storyteller, Gatins is also credited with writing and directing the DreamWorks' film Dreamer and writing Coach CarterReal Steel and Real Steel 2.

Richard Guay | Richard Guay has worked in the film industry for 25 years as a producer, writer, studio executive, and in many other roles. Now with more than 15 feature-length film and documentary credits, Guay began his career as a production auditor for filmmakers like John Sayles, Woody Allen and Jonathan Demme. Guay has been nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards and a WGA Award, and has served as a production executive for Orion Pictures, Film Finances, United Artists and New Regency.

Richard LaGravanese | Richard LaGravenese is an American screenwriter and film director, best known as the writer of The Fisher King, P.S. I Love YouThe Mirror Has Two Faces and Unbroken. In collaboration with playwright Richard O’Donnell, LaGravenese co-wrote and consecutively performed in several Off-Broadway productions including Spare Parts and Blood-brothers at The 78th Street Theater Lab, The Lion Theater, and West Bank Cafe.  LaGravenese was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Fisher King in 1992 and was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award in 2002.

Lucas Leyva | 2005 YoungArts winner in Writing | As the founder and director of Miami’s Borscht Corp, Lucas Leyva has “legitimized the once-absurd premise of filmmaking in Miami.” He developed dozens of short films that had an unprecedented run of success screening at over 200 festivals worldwide (including five consecutive years at Sundance), at museums such as the Guggenheim and MoMA, and garnering millions of online views and dozens of jury and audience awards. All the while, Lucas was simultaneously building the Borscht Film Festival—“the weirdest film festival on the planet” and “Miami’s best film festival”—from the ground up. As a writer/director, Lucas is one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and is currently developing episodic content with MTV and Time Warner.  

Robert Redford | Robert Redford is recognized widely as an actor, director, activist, and founder of the Sundance Institute & Film Festival. He is an ardent conservationist and environmentalist, a man who stands for social responsibility and political involvement and an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression. His passion remains to make films of substance and social/cultural relevance, as well as to encourage others to express themselves through the arts. He is recognized the world over for the roles he has played and the projects he has directed or produced throughout a distinguished stage and film career. Redford has nurtured more than a generation of innovative voices in independent film through his non-profit Sundance Institute and Film Festival.

Nancy Savoca | Nancy Savoca is a director/writer whose first feature film, True Love, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. She has been nominated for a Spirit Award for her directorial work and for a Best Director prize at the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival. Retrospectives of Nancy’s work have been featured in The Museum of the Moving Image. 

YoungArts would also like to thank our extraordinary group of 2015-2016 discipline coordinators, national reviewers and selection panelists in the Cinematic Arts discipline: Doug Blush, Shari Lynette Carpenter, Sheema Golbaba, Lucas Leyva, Mary Ann Marino, Jillian Mayer, Iain McCray Martin, Mark Moormann, Kurt Norton, Julia Pott and Daniel Yankiver.