Teaching Artists

Susanne Coates

 Susanne Coates is a cinematographer, video editor, web developer and active, independent filmmaker in the Washington, DC area. She has over 15 years of multimedia experience and over 10 years of experience creating video and web assets for clients. She currently works as a Drupal/PHP developer and Multimedia Specialist at the University of Maryland where she conducts both classroom- and field-based workshops to train personnel to use the software she creates. To see Susanne's portfolio and t... Read more
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Larry Engel

Larry Engel is an Emmy® award-winning producer, writer, director, and cinematographer now in his fifth decade of filmmaking that spans all seven continents. He’s worked on over 250 projects for domestic and international broadcasters and cable channels. His career originated in photography, and he studied with Walker Evans. He then moved to film. Currently, Engel is an Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communication, Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Fil... Read more
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Sam Hampton

Sam Hampton co-founded Docs In Progress as a nonprofit organization in 2008 and served on its founding staff from 2009-2012. He was instrumental in developing the organization’s core curriculum of adult and youth educational programs and remains a key advisor and teaching artist for Docs In Progress classes.  Sam balances his time between consulting with nonprofits through Hampton Consulting, and producing award-winning documentaries for the educational market.  His films include My Mother’s... Read more
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George Mayo

George Mayo is a teacher at Montgomery Blair High School in Maryland. He currently teaches film production and 10th grade Honors English. Read more
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H. Paul Moon

H. Paul Moon creates documentary portraits in music and visual art. He also creates lyrical films of cities, landscapes and contemporary dance. He teaches courses on documentary editing to emerging filmmakers, founded DocoFilm, and manages a network of online communities at FocusPulling to keep pace with newest camera technologies, lately virtual reality at VRcine. His body of work includes short and feature-length documentaries, dance films, and experimental cinema, regularly featured at fi... Read more
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Adele Schmidt

Adele Schmidt co-founded Docs In Progress in 2004 and served as part of its founding staff from 2009-2010, Adele was instrumental in helping the organization expand beyond its signature work-in-progress screenings to provide a full array of educational, professional development, and mentoring programs for emerging documentary filmmakers. In addition to more than 15 years working as a producer, director, editor, and consulting producer for award-winning long-form documentaries and short featu... Read more
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Emily Wathen

Emily Wathen is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and visual journalist. Emily specializes in crafting precise images and utilizing digital tools for effective storytelling. A graduate of Syracuse University and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Emily has a background in filmmaking, art and transmedia. Emily currently works as a Digital Journalist at the Environmental Working Group in Washington, DC. Read more about Emily and view her portfolio at emilywathen.com  Read more
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