Faculty | Cinema and Media Arts, B.A.

Michael Gonzales

  • Professor, CMA
  • Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • Ph.D., Biola University
  • Master of Professional Writing (MFA Equivalency), University of Southern California
  • M.A., Loyola Marymount
  • B.A., Immaculate Heart College

Dr. Michael Gonzales is a film professor at Biola University’s Cinema and Media Arts department. Dr. Gonzales started his film career as an art director working with Roy Wagner, ASC, Cinematographer on the THE HUDSON BROTHERS PRESENTS series for SHOWTIME.

He taught Stagecraft and Art Direction for five years at Loyola Marymount Unversity's School of Communication Arts where he...

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Jack Hafer

  • Director of Creative Projects
  • Assistant Professsor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • M.Div., Western Seminary
  • B.A., Azusa Pacific University

Jack Hafer is an Assistant Professor and Director of Creative Projects for Biola University's Cinema and Media Arts department. Jack's film industry credits include his role as producer of the award-winning feature film, To End All Wars, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Carlyle. It won Best Picture at the Heartland Film Festival, was awarded the Commander in Chief Medal of Service, Honor...

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Gerald R. Fisher

  • Interim Chair, Cinema and Media Arts
  • Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., Regent University
  • B.A., Fort Wayne Bible College (now Taylor University, Ft. Wayne)

Dr. Gerald Fisher is an Professor in Biola University’s Cinema and Media Arts department. Dr. Fisher has over 25 years of experience in media as a faculty member, interim department chair, production company owner, and manager of media technology infrastructure.

In 2010, Gerry Fisher represented the Biola Cinema and Media Arts department at the annual Broadcast Educators Association in...

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Camille Tucker

  • Instructor, Screenwriting

  • M.A., Fuller Seminary
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

A graduate of UCLA with a degree in English Literature/Creative Writing, Camille Tucker launched her filmmaking career with the short film "Sweet Potato Ride," executive produced by Bill Duke (PREDATOR, DEEP COVER, SISTER ACT II). She has sold screenplays to Sony, Universal, New Line, Fox TV and Disney studios and has worked with producers such as Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Marc Platt,...

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Lisa Swain

  • Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • M.A., Regent University
  • B.S., Evangel College

Before coming to Biola, Lisa Swain worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years as a production supervisor on film projects ranging in budget from 15 million to 150 million. Her credits include the commercially successful movies Big Fish, Anger Management, America’s Sweethearts, Face-Off, Varsity Blues and Mars Attacks among others. She has worked with such notable...

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Peggy Medberry

  • Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • B.F.A., Utah State University

Peggy Medberry has been a literary agent for the past 15 years and worked as the Vice President of one of Hollywood's premiere agencies, Shapiro-Lichtman. Her work involved overseeing the careers of more than 200 writers, directors and producers. She has been a featured speaker at many forums including the WGA,DGA, Flash Forward and the Hollywood Screenwriting Conference, and a judge for...

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John Schmidt

  • Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • M.A., Fuller Seminary
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

A graduate of the UCLA film school, John Schmidt has worked in the film industry for the last 30 years.  As founder and president of Dean River Productions, he has worked on nearly 30 films in various capacities: director, writer, producer and editor, having won numerous awards in the process (see his filmography, below). 

His greatest joy is as husband and father, but he has major...

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Dean Yamada

  • Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

  • M.F.A., University of Southern California
  • B.A., University of Southern California

Dean Yamada received his MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. His thesis film, The Nisei Farmer, earned him the grand prize for best short film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Dean now works as a professor in Biola’s Cinema and Media Arts Dept., focusing in production and post-production.

As part of his CMA course load, Dean brings classes of...

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