James Lujan is the Chair of the Cinematic Arts and Technology program.
James (Taos Pueblo) has returned to New Mexico after 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 Southern California Indian Center, Inc. Through ITE, Lujan launched the Creative Spirit program in 2006, which provided employment and training opportunities to emerging and established Native filmmakers in the Los Angeles area. In four years, the program yielded nine award-winning short films, including the Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco (2010) and Indios Primeros (2009, all of which were executive-produced by Lujan).
Throughout the years, Lujan has directed, produced and edited numerous documentaries, corporate videos, training videos, sizzle reels, spot profiles and PSAs for such clients as the U.S. Department of Labor, Social Policy Research Associates, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California, KCET Public Television, Americans for Indian Opportunity and Young Native Voices at the Autry.
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. He also studied film production for three years at the USC School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles. He is now teaching film production at IAIA.
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.