Full-Time Instructors

Teresa Dey
Teresa Dey has extensive professional experience creating art and animation for research applications and serious games. She worked at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute creating 3D and Flash animation, illustration, and web design for K12 online tutoring systems and games. For many years, she also worked as a 3D animator in the "Virtual Humans" group at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. Dey has worked in both 2D and 3D animation as a freelancer. She has a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.F.A. in Digital Arts & Animation from the University of Southern California.
Phone: 408-864-5663
Office: AT100a
Aimee Gillette
Aimee Gillette is a writer, director and editor whose work has been featured at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While working for NYC & Company, she served as videographer and editor for clients such as NAACP, the Dutch Embassy and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Gillette also worked in Los Angeles for Sega game systems, Rhino Records and PBS, and she animated sequences for various cable networks. Before coming to De Anza College, she taught at the Art Institute of New York City and was a full-time faculty member in Film Production at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. Gillette has a B.F.A. in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California and an M.F.A in Film Production from New York University.
Phone: 408-864-8519
Office: AT100d
Milena Grozeva Levy
Milena Grozeva Levy has written, produced, directed and edited numerous films garnering awards at festivals around the world. Emily, her 56-minute narrative film, played at the Angelika Film Center in New York as part of the Independent Film Market. She worked at the Cinematics Department at Microsoft. Subsequently, she collaborated with renowned film director Rob Nilsson, editing and creating the visual effects for Presque Isle. Milena also produced the independent feature, Moonlight Sonata. She studied under filmmakers Robb Moss, Ross McElwee and Dusan Makavejev, receiving a B.A. from the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Mentored by Emmy-nominated cinematographer Nancy Schiesari and seasoned editor Nick Cominos, she earned an M.F.A. in Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin.
Phone: 408-864-8507
Office: A45
Susan Tavernetti
Susan Tavernetti, chair of the Film/TV Department, has written award-winning film reviews and entertainment articles for the Palo Alto Weekly and its sister publications serving the Mid-Peninsula, Marin County and the East Bay. She co-authored The Critical Eye: An Introduction to Looking at Movies and has contributed to American Indians and American Popular Culture, Hollywood’s Indian: The Portrayal of the Native American in Film, International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers and the journal Film & History. Tavernetti covered international festivals for Filmfestivals.com and has served on numerous film and screenwriting juries. She appeared in Ken Swartz’s documentary for KRON Channel 4, San Francisco in the Movies: The Silent Era. Tavernetti holds an M.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern California.
Phone: 408-864-8872
Office: A13

Adjunct Instructors

Joel Abramson
Joel Abramson’s broadcasting career has taken him to radio and television stations in Texas, California’s Central Coast and KBLX San Francisco, where he served as the Production Director for 27 years. His interest in media began as a high school student, when he was a DJ at the campus radio station and appeared as talent, crew and producer in television classes broadcast over the local cable channel. Abramson worked his way through college as a radio DJ, graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Radio and Television and earning an M.A. in Theatre Arts from San José State University. He is a certified instructor of Avid Pro Tools and a producer at Ntropic Studio C, producing marketing pieces for some of Silicon Valley's premier companies.
Thomas Gamburg
Thomas David Gamburg is a produced writer and current M.F.A. and Undergraduate Lecturer. He is a professional script consultant, writes for Russian television, and has contracted for adaptations of published works of fiction. Gamburg is the co-founder of Pulse Films, formerly Pulse Theater, credited in the production of numerous film and theatre projects. He is the recipient of commendations from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship, The Elizabeth Mills Crothers Prize for Fiction, The Judith Stronach Prize for Prose, The Julia Keith Shrout Short Story Prize and Cinema Edge Awards. Gamburg is a conservatory-trained former professional actor (past membership in Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild) credited as Thomas Alexander. He earned M.F.A.s in Screenwriting as well as Fiction from UCLA and University of San Francisco, respectively.
Warren Haack
Warren Haack is a filmmaker who specializes in sound design and post-production services at his studio. He also co-owns Catenary Video Productions, which has produced 15 documentaries on early American railroads. Haack spent eight years working as an editor and sound designer for Harcourt Brace Films in San Francisco before accepting his current staff position in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. His most recent film, Santiago Is Santiago, explores the music and dance of Santiago de Cuba, and was shot on location in Cuban streets, homes and clubs. His documentaries focusing on culture and history have screened worldwide and have won many film festival awards. Haack received his B.A. and M.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University.
Dennis Irwin
Dennis Irwin is a filmmaker, illustrator and instructor at De Anza. He received an M.A. in Communication from Stanford University, and his films have won awards in many festivals and competitions. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and Fortune Magazine. Former students of his have gone on to successful careers as directors, editors, cinematographers and writers in the film industry.
Joshua Losben
Joshua Losben is an award-winning screenwriter and musician. He was recently selected as a 2019 SFFILM FilmHouse resident, a quarterfinalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, and a semi-finalist in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. He is the writer and director of numerous webisodes and short films, and was a staff writer on the original half-hour comedy Entitled. Prior to earning his graduate degree, Losben toured the country as a singer/songwriter, independently releasing four albums. In 2008, Losben won the prestigious ASCAP Robert Allen Songwriting Award for his original song “Chop Chop.” He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Writing for Screen and Television M.F.A program where he was named the Jack Oakie Comedy Fellow.
Glenn Lovell
Film critic-instructor Glenn Lovell has been published in Variety, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and Columbia Journalism Review. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Escape Artist: The Life and Films of John Sturges. Among the books to which he has contributed: Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist; The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically about Popular Culture; International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. While on a National Arts Journalism Fellowship at USC's School of Cinema, he wrote "Caught in the Machinery: How Hollywood Subverts the Media.” Lovell has an M.A. in Mass Communications from Pennsylvania State University.
Sara Vizcarrondo
Sara Vizcarrondo has edited the release calendar for Rottentomatoes.com, ran the review section at the trade journal Boxoffice Magazine and contributed to Fandor.com, Filmmaker Magazine and The San Francisco Bay Guardian. She assists at the monthly movie club, Cinema Club Silicon Valley. Vizcarrondo received a B.A. in Film and Philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. in Critical Studies of Film and Television from UCLA.

Emeriti Instructors

Zaki Lisha
Zaki Lisha is the founder and former coordinator of the Film/TV Department. Industry experience includes working as a producer and director of documentary and corporate film/video productions and serving as a founding member of the Mid-Peninsula Access Corporation, which provides community cable access to Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and East Palo Alto. Lisha has judged the short film category of the Cinequest Film Festival and was honored as a Fellow for the Faculty Seminar at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and as a De Anza College Distinguished Educator. He received a B.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Cinema at San Francisco State University.
Martin McNamara
Martin McNamara has produced and/or directed dozens of animated television commercials, title sequences and educational films at Colossal Pictures or his production company, Saga City Media. Clients include PBS, Disney, Nissan, HBO, Fairchild, McDonald's, Alcatraz, Mitsubishi, Philips, and California Lottery. He co-produced Nickelodeon’s pilot for Rocko’s Modern Life with De Anza alumnus Joe Murray. McNamara was elected to multiple terms on the Executive Board of Directors of ASIFA (the international animators' association) and has written extensively and directed an international conference for the Society for Animation Studies. Creating partnerships with major animation studios, he was awarded multi-year grant projects by the National Science Foundation and California Economic-Workforce Development to train college animation faculty. He earned an M.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University.    


Tom Schott
Tom Schott, Film/TV Lab Technician, supervises student film and television production and editing for the department. He assists faculty with the training of students in the use of the various cameras and editing systems used in the completion of student works. Schott has been a post-production consultant for documentary and animated television productions that have aired on PBS and Nickelodeon.
Film/TV Lab Technician
Phone: 408-864-8391
Office: AT109
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