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Mark Berger is an Adjunct Professor of Film & Media Studies at UC Berkeley, and a supervising rerecording sound mixer and sound editor who has won four Academy Awards for some of the most innovative uses of sound in film (Apocalypse Now, The Right Stuff, Amadeus, The English Patient). He is the only person in the history of the Academy who has been nominated four times, and won four times. He has been responsible for the sound of more than 165 feature films, among them in addition to the above, Godfather II with Francis Coppola, Blue Velvet with David Lynch, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest with Milos Forman, Mr. Wonderful and The Talented Mr. Ripley with Anthony Minghella, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums with Wes Anderson, Serial Mom and Pecker with John Waters, and Capote with Bennett Miller. His craft is about subtlety, not the sheer power of loud soundtracks. As part of his contributions to the local film community, he has served as a jurist for the SF Film Festival and moderated discussions at the ‘Talk Cinema’ program in Berkeley and Palo Alto.
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Eileen Jones is the film critic for Jacobin magazine and a lecturer with a split appointment in the Departments of Film and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric with an emphasis on film in 1996. An independent film producer and development executive for a number of years, Jones worked while still a graduate student on the feature film Suture, a 1993 Sam Goldwyn Company release directed by David Siegel and Scott McGehee. Suture won Best Cinematography at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated as Best First Feature at the 1995 Independent Spirit Awards. In 1997, Jones co-wrote Conceiving Ada with director Lynn Hershman-Leeson, starring Tilda Swinton. The film was a Fox Lorber release that earned Hershman-Leeson a Someone to Watch Award at the 1999 Independent Spirit Awards. As development executive with the i5 Films company, Jones helped prepare The Deep End for production in 2001, again for the Siegel & McGehee team. It was a Fox Searchlight Pictures release. Tilda Swinton’s lead performance in The Deep End was recognized with a number of Best Actress nominations (Golden Globes, Independent Spirit) and awards (New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award). Giles Nuttgens’ won the Best Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival for The Deep End, and the film as a whole won a Special Recognition Award for excellence in filmmaking from the National Board of Review, USA. Jones’ combined experience in film studies and film production led her back to the academy where she taught film history, film theory, and film criticism at Loyola Marymount University, Emory University Los Angeles, and Chapman University, before returning to the University of California, Berkeley.
J. Mira Kopell
Ms. Kopell teaches screenwriting and digital production at UC Berkeley. Kopell has written for HBO as well as Los Angeles and New York based producers. She was a producer for "Alive From Off Center" (PBS) and worked as an editor/creative consultant for video artist Charles Atlas. Kopell is co-founder of Eureka Studios, a media and video production company. Her award-winning short film “One Small Step” has been screened internationally and her video, "Dancenoise: Behind the Scenes at the Whitney" screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, summer 2015.
Kopell has been a script evaluator for the American Film Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Marin Council for the Arts. She has previously taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The New School and San Francisco State. She was a Sundance Screenwriter Lab finalist and is a member of the Writers Guild of America East. She received her MFA in Film Production, Tisch School of the Arts.