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Highlights of what some of our many alumni are doing across the country

The education and experience our graduates gain prepares them for numerous career paths as they pursue advanced degrees in film production or cinema studies; work professionally as directors, producers, cinematographers, writers, and editors; and, enter a variety of film-related careers including marketing, distribution, educational outreach, and film festivals.

Below are highlights of what some of our many alumni are doing across the country.

Family Squid, Inc.

Chicago, Illinois

Founded in 2010, Family Squid has grown from a single short film idea into a business that provides services for commercial and creative film work. Their own short films have been official selections in the Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival, Louisville's International Festival of Film, and Dances with Film (Los Angeles). In 2015, they completed production of their first feature film, ‘Not Welcome.’ Family Squid includes Class of 2009 graduates Brian Crush, Jay Hurst, Mike Palzkill, and Marc Sloboda.


Jeffrey Grieshober '03

New York, New York

Grieshober has worked as a field audio mixer for over 10 years. His work has ranged from reality, news, and sports television, to feature length films and documentaries. For the past 6 years he has been a part of ESPN's Grand Slam Tennis coverage, working on location in Melbourne, Paris, London and Queens. He collaborated with fellow Denison alum Merve Kayan ('03) on her short film 'Bu Sahilde' which was in competition in the Rotterdam Film Festival. Grieshober worked with Kayan again as the location audio mixer/recorder on Kayan’s feature film debut ‘Mavi Dalga (The Blue Wave),’ which screened at AFI Fest, Berlin International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, and more festivals across the globe.

Matthew Hamachek ‘03

New York, New York

Hamachek has been working in documentary film for over 10 years and is an award-winning documentary film editor. He shared the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Editing Award with director Marshall Curry for ‘If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front.’ He won the award again in 2013 for ‘Gideon’s Army’ (Porter, 2013). Most recently, he edited ‘Cartel Land’ (Heineman, 2015), which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 88th Academy Awards. He also edited, co-produced, and co-wrote ‘Amanda Knox’ – the Netflix true-crime documentary about the murder of Meredith Kercher, for which Amanda Knox was tried and acquitted. ‘Amanda Knox’ will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is set for release on Netflix this fall.

Chase Hilt ‘15

Los Angeles, California

Hilt works as an associate producer at Rhett and Link, an award-winning comedic YouTube channel known for songs, sketches, commercials, podcasts, and daily morning shows.


Caitlin Hodson '12

New York, New York

Hodson is a staff writer for the Nick Jr. show ‘Butterbean's Café,’ and she also works as a freelance writer.

Lizzie Kunkle ‘14

New York, New York

Kunkle is a freelance assistant editor, currently working on National Geographic’s scripted series ‘Mars.’ The series premieres in November, and is produced by Academy Award-winning director/producer Ron Howard. Kunkle previously edited promotional videos for lifestyle magazine ‘Highsnobiety;’ and, she edited the short film ‘Rogue Assistant,’ which was an official selection at New York Shorts Film Festival, NYLA International Film Festival, Female Eye International Film Festival, and the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival.

Loose Films

Columbus, Ohio

Loose Films is a commercial and creative production company operated by Class of 2014 alumni Noah Dixon, Drew Johnson, Brett Reiter, and Ori Segev. From pre-production to post-production, Loose Films produces music videos, documentaries, original shorts, and more. In addition to video production, they also work with local artists, businesses, and organizations to plan and showcase philanthropic events. This past summer, Loose Films began an internship program exclusively for Denison students.

Mo Stemen ‘07

Los Angeles, California

Stemen has been working freelance in LA for the past eight years. She has been the assistant production coordinator on feature films including ‘By the Sea’ (Jolie, 2015), ‘Interstellar’ (Nolan, 2014), and ‘Annabelle’ (Leonetti, 2014). She most recently worked on ‘Live by Night,’ directed by Ben Affleck, which is scheduled for release in 2017.


Skye Wallin ‘11

Los Angeles, California

Wallin is finishing post-production on his short film (and feature film proof of concept) ‘The Adventures of Sam Wolf,’ as well as continuing production on a feature documentary about growing issues with water supply and oil spills.


Chelsey Warner ‘11

Los Angeles, California

Warner is the post-production supervisor for the Emmy Award-winning series ‘Black Sails’ on Starz.

Posted Date 
Thursday, August 11, 2016