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Phillip Boland, M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Communication and Arts


  • M.F.A. Film Directing, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
  • B.A. English Literature, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
  • B.A. Film/TV/Radio, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
  • Minor, Photography, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

Honors and Awards

Official Selections

  • SURPRISE International Short Film Festival, Taiwan
  • Central Florida Film Festival
  • Santa Clarita International Film Festival
  • Arizona Film Festival
  • Palm Springs International Short Film Festival

Honorary Exhibition Festivals

  • Boston Film Festival
  • IFFM
  • PBS of North Carolina (N.C. filmmakers series)
  • Short Film Gallery, Vienna, Austria
  • Seattle International Film Festival

Educational Media Awards

  • Telly Awards / First Place - Silver
  • National Educational Media Market / Silver Apple Award
  • US International Film Festival / First Place Gold and Third Place


  • Worldfest Houston / Festival Grand Jury Award - Screenwriting
  • ITVS Monitor Awards / Best Director Award
  • Columbus International Film Festival / Bronze and Honorable Mention
  • Worldfest Charleston / Bronze
  • Cine Eagle Film Festival / Cine Eagle Award
  • Worldfest Houston / Finalist
  • Worldfest Houston/ Dramatic Screenplay
  • Telly Awards / Two First Place - Silver / Six Second Place - Bronze
  • Rochester International Film Festival /Award Winner

Classes Taught

  • Directing
  • Lighting
  • Television Production
  • Cinematography
  • Senior Projects
  • Introduction to Production

Research Interests

Literature adaptations, music videos, commercials, and directing live theatre.

Teaching Philosophy

As an educator/mentor in the field of film and video arts, I am a trained teacher in active learning, integrated course design and critical thinking. I use these skill sets by creating a series of layered questions, exercises, and group discussions that explore a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. It is my commitment to recognize and nurture merit, talent, and achievement by giving people from all backgrounds a safe and productive environment to learn.

In addition, I believe it is through the grid of a global culture and a faith in Jesus Christ that the visual arts film/video student matures into an innovative and strong filmmaker/artist with a defined purpose of impacting change in a world that desperately needs it.

Lastly, I can be defined as a teacher/mentor who models strategies primarily for the goal of student success. For me it is about equipping and advising the student for related employment along with the confidence they are on their correct life path.


Raised in North Carolina and lived in SoCal. It is an East Coast/West Coast love. Lattés at Venice Beach to surf fishing on the Outer Banks, that's the dream.

My personal interest for the "industry" is not contained to the workplace. It is my life. It is a holistic puzzle that contains doing the art, mentoring the next generation, and loving the industry to Jesus. I've worked at all levels of filmmaking, owned my own production and distribution company and won over 25 festivals and honors. I ran a Bible study of 800 at an LA film studio along with Friday lunchtime prayer walks at the other film lots. I holistically bring my entire life bio to the coaching and mentoring of the next generation.

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