James Lujan is the Chair of the Cinematic Arts and Technology program.
James Lujan is a filmmaker and playwright from Taos Pueblo. He currently serves as Chair of the Cinematic Arts and Technology program at IAIA, where he also teaches film production, screenwriting, the business of film and also oversees Senior Projects. In the Fall of 2012, Lujan was hired to lead the effort to re-design IAIA’s former New Media Arts program and change its focus solely to film. “I wanted to create the type of film school I wish I would have gone to,” says Lujan, who studied film production for three years in the MFA program at the USC School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles. In the Fall of 2013, IAIA’s BFA degree program in Cinematic Arts and Technology was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
In 2014, during his winter and summer breaks from IAIA, Lujan completed a feature-length film, “Four Quarters,” which he co-directed, co-executive produced, edited and had a co-starring role. Throughout the years, Lujan has directed and produced numerous documentaries, corporate videos, training videos and PSA’s for clients such as the U.S. Department of Labor, KCET Public Television, the New Mexico Department of Health, Native Voices at the Autry, Americans for Indian Opportunity, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California, and Social Policy Research Associates.
Prior to arriving at IAIA, Lujan worked for over six and a half years in Los Angeles, serving as the Director of InterTribal Entertainment (ITE), a film and television industry workforce development initiative of the nonprofit Southern California Indian Center, Inc. Through ITE, Lujan launched the Creative Spirit script-to-screen program in 2006, which provided employment and training opportunities to Native filmmakers and actors in the Los Angeles. The program produced nine award-winning short films, including “Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco” (2010) executive produced by Lujan and “Liminality” (2008) directed by Lujan.
As a playwright, Lujan’s “Kino and Teresa,” a Native-themed Romeo and Juliet adaptation, was produced by Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles in 2005; and “Midnight Society,” a Native version of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” was produced by VSA Arts of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 2007. Lujan received his B.A. in Communication at Stanford University.
J. CRAIG THOMPKINS
J. Craig Tompkins is an artist and designer living and working in Santa Fe, NM, where he serves as animation faculty at IAIA. He received an M.F.A. in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.F.A. in Media, Film and Video, in 2006.
Craig works primarily in the fields of 3D animation, previsualization, and scale modeling, branching out into video compositing and installation. As a collaborative artist, he designs and constructs scale models and sets for photography, film, and installation. Craig also works collaboratively as a previsualization and concept artist on projects ranging from exhibit design to architectural public artworks. Some of his collaborations can be found in Pittsburgh, PA, at the Center for Postnatural History and at the Museum of Contemporary Arab Art in Sharjah, UAE. Along with collaborators Ethan Bach and Charles Veasey, Craig has worked on The Royal Road Project, an interactive, visual, and auditory exploration of one of North America’s oldest trails, the El Camino Real de Tierra Ardentro. Craig’s work has shown nationally and internationally from New York to Novi Sad, Serbia.
In the summers of 2011 and 2012, he acted as Lead Faculty Adviser to IAIA students at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the formation of the Creative Humanics Laboratory (CHL). CHL is an ongoing design, modeling, and simulation experiment in collaboration with IAIA, NASA, and the American Indian HigherEducation Consortium (AIHEC). Students and faculty work side by side on a wide set of projects including: mobile application design, graphic design, 3D modeling and animation, and research.
Kahlil Hudson is Assistant Professor in the Cinematic Arts & Technology Department. Kahlil comes to IAIA with 11+ years of experience in filmmaking, film editing, and academia. Most recently Kahlil has been a filmmaker, editor and cinematographer, which included Kahlil directing and producing the award-winning featured documentary LOW & CLEAR. Some of Kahlil’s experiences and professional accomplishments include: Director of Photograph on a number of feature films, TV, commercials and music video, for clients such as HBO, Nike, NBC, Starz/Encore, Yahoo!, Discovery Channel and History Channel and PBS. Kahlil has been a film instructor for the All Roads Film Project for Fox Studios, teaching film to emerging Native American filmmakers. He is currently directing a feature documentary about wildland firefighters called Young Men & Fire. Kahlil received his MFA in Film Production from UCLA.
IAIA’s Digital Dome and Production Resources Manager Mats Reiniusson is an international media artist who works in film, sound, music and immersive media with over 20 years of experience. He is an award winning Film Producer and Music Composer, and holds an MA from Stockholm University in Sweden. Mats teaches Dome Production, Broadcast Technology, Sound and Music and has been faculty at IAIA since 2011. He has worked with sound on several feature films, produced short films with support from Swedish Film Institute and Public Television, worked on TV productions, commercials and 5 years in broadcast television. Recent film work (Hourglass) was produced for Swedish Public Television and premiered on TV 2010. Recent installation work was exhibited at Currents 2012 Santa Fe International NEW Media Arts Festival. He was also part of the team developing the new curriculum for IAIA Cinematic Arts and Technology Department 2011-13 focusing the new program on Film Production.