Jeff Van Hanken MFA

Wellspring Associate Professor of Film Studies Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
Film Studies


Jeff Van Hanken is a writer of political and cultural features for both daily newspapers and monthly magazines. He is also a writer, director and producer of short films and feature films. Van Hanken produced, The HOLA Film Project, a collaborative project that matched recently arrived young men from Los Angeles' Rampart district with film industry professionals. One of the shorts, The Test, won Best U.S. Short at the Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival. Other festivals played include those in Havana, Buenos Aires, London, New York, San Diego, as well as screening on KCET, Southern California's premier public broadcasting channel. Script for feature film, The Legend of Billy Fail, was named a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project and given a top 10 percent nod in the Academy of Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships. Some of Vank Hanken's short stories that appear in on-line journals are Word Riot and Ascent Aspirations. His interests include overlooked or otherwise marginalized communities, and the ways that members of these communities look to define themselves against traditional notions of mainstream society. Further interests include linking narrative construction with measurable healthful mental and physical benefits.

M.F.A., University of Texas-Austin
B.A., Duke University

Fiction writing
Narrative Filmmaking
Digital Architecture

Narrative Filmmaking
Film History
Film Theory
The Science of Cinema

FLM 2273 Film History
FLM 3073 The Science of Cinema: What Makes a Movie?
FLM 3283 Film Theory and Criticism
FLM 3283 Film Theory and Criticism
FLM 3593 Internship
FLM 4014 Narrative Film Production I
FLM 4024 Narrative Film Production II
FLM 4973 Advanced Film and Video Seminar