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John H. Mitchell Visiting Professor in Media Entertainment


The John H. Mitchell Visiting Professorship in Media Entertainment brings a  highly experienced media industry professional or scholar whose body of work has been committed to ethics in the workplace and to developing, promoting, or researching social change initiatives.

The professorship follows a three-year rotation pattern which reflects the main areas of the curriculum: Screenwriting, Production, and Studies. FTVM faculty will invite a renowned practitioner or scholar to teach (or co-teach) one BA course each academic year in his or her area of expertise during the fall term.

Fall 2022 - Nancy Savoca (Director, Producer, Screenwriter)

Photo by Gerardo Somoza - © Reunion Pictures, LLC


Along with her numerous festival screenings and honors, Nancy Savoca’s films True Love and Household Saints are listed in The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made, and True Love was named one of the “50 Greatest Independent Films of All Time” by Entertainment Weekly. HBO’s If These Walls Could Talk won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and  Women in Film’s Lucy award. Reno: Rebel Without a Pause (Unrestrained Reflections on September 11th) was awarded the Seal for Peace & Liberty by the City of Florence, Italy, and Dirt, a bilingual dramedy about classand immigration won Best Director at LA’s Latino Film Festival and a Writer’s Guild nomination.

In 2019, Savoca’s archives were acquired by University of Michigan’s Film Mavericks Collection which holds the works of Orson Welles, Robert Altman, and her mentors John Sayles and Jonathan Demme. 

This term, Nancy Savoca will be teaching FTVM 304: Before You Say "Action": Preparing to Shoot.