Experts on "Film"

Christopher Davidson

  • Associate Professor of English

Chris Davidson is associate professor of English and co-director of first-year writing at Biola. He teaches courses in critical thinking and writing, writing for competency, and creative writing. He has a bachelor's degree in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of California, Irvine. His work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman. A chapbook, Poems, appeared in 2012.

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Gerald R. Fisher

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

Professor Fisher has over 35 years of experience in media as a faculty member, interim chair, production company owner, and manager of media technology infrastructure.

He pursued a Ph.D. when film was still film, but his program included studies in artificial intelligence, human and technology interface, computer programming, decision making and statistics because he believed some day computers would play a role in media production.

At Biola he has been responsible for the department’s transition from analog to digital and now to cloud based media production. In his classes he has introduced mobile applications, compression and streaming science, digital cinema standards, augmented and virtual reality and many other topics.

As interim chair Professor Fisher is charged with developing the five year plan to expand enrollment, develop new programs offered by Cinema and Media Arts and turn CMA into one of the top film schools.

Professor Fisher is a member of the Broadcast Educators Association and actively involved in the emerging technologies interest division.

Professor Fisher and his wife, Ellie, live in Irvine, California, have five children, and seven treasured grandchildren.

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R. Douglas Geivett

  • Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Geivett's interests range over the philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, epistemology, and the history of modern philosophy. He is the author of Evil and the Evidence for God and co-editor of Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology and In Defense of Miracles: A Comprehensive Case for God's Action in History. Dr. Geivett has contributed chapters to God Matters: Readings in the Philosophy of Religion; God Under Fire; The Rationality of Theism; and Does God Exist? The Craig-Flew Debate. Dr. Geivett is the former president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. In the past, Dr. Geivett has served as minister to college students at churches in the Pacific Northwest and in Southern California and continues to speak in churches and on university campuses on subjects related to apologetics and the Christian life.

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Artemiza Hernandez

  • Associate Professor of Modern Languages

Artemiza Hernández de Zúñiga earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Spanish at California State University, Fresno. She then earned a doctorate in Spanish from the University of Arizona, Tucson with secondary studies in 19 Literature and Mexican and Mexican-American Literature. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled “El personaje femenino chileno de mediados del siglo XX como promotor de un discurso constructivo y desmantelador del discurso patriarcal.” Her research interests include 19 indigenous studies, power structure, and Latin American film. She teaches intermediate level GE Spanish, as well as all minor/major Spanish level for Biola’s department of Modern Languages. She also occasionally guest teaches for the Biola’s English department.

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Peggy Medberry

  • Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

Peggy Medberry has been a literary agent, manager and producer for the past 25 years and worked as the Vice President of one of Hollywood's premiere agencies, Shapiro-Lichtman. She has been a featured speaker at many forums including the WGA, DGA, Flash Forward and the Hollywood Screenwriting Conference, and a judge for the ACE Awards and the Humanitas Awards.

Before her work at Shapiro-Lichtman, Peggy had a variety of jobs in the entertainment industry which include teaching commercial acting classes, freelance reading for a number of production companies and temping at most of the major studios. She also found time to act in a few commercials and one Japanese music video.

Currently, she is a managing partner with award winning novelist Bill Myers of Amaris Media International, a media company that has multiple projects in various stages of development.

Peggy came to Biola in 2005 and teaches classes in storytelling, entertainment business and media management. Peggy has two daughters, Anna and Christina, and a beloved granddaughter, Jillian.

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John Schmidt

  • Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

John Schmidt has taught at Biola since 2002, and brings over 35 years of film industry experience into his teaching.

A graduate of the UCLA film school and Fuller Theological Seminary, John was founder and president of Dean River Productions and John Schmidt Productions, and has worked on over 40 films in various capacities: director, writer, producer and editor, having won numerous awards in the process.

“Each of us in the film industry have a limited amount of time on this earth, and a limited number of films on which to work," John says. “At the end of the day, I want the ones on my filmography to have told stories that matter, which are needed messages for our time, and which are a reflection of God's grace in the world.”

"The projects I've worked on which I consider the most significant never made a dime at the box office," he says. "One was a feature documentary about the needs of children living in the slums of Nairobi, another a short on the life of a deaf orphan boy who had surgery to allow him to hear. Projects like these were a privilege to work on."

A feature screenplay Schmidt wrote, Mountain of Fire, is based on a true story and currently in pre-production. John teaches cinematography, editing, documentary production, pre-production, production, post-production. “I love teaching, and finding that balance between theory and practice. I want to see my students excel in every aspect of life, and to work on projects which affect culture. I also desire to see their own lives of character affect others in the industry, or whatever walk of life on which they embark.”

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Camille Tucker

  • Instructor, Screenwriting

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 III). She has sold 7 screenplays and a TV pilot to major studios including Sony, Universal, New Line, Fox TV and Disney Studios and has worked with producers such as Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Marc Platt, Todd Garner, Debra Chase and John Singleton.

Camille has completed 6 short films. Her short film Cellular won Best Narrative Short at the 2013 Roxbury International Film Festival. She has also been a semi-finalist in the Motion Picture Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition and a two-time Sundance Writer's Lab semi-finalist.

In the fall of 2014, Camille came on board our full-time faculty as professor of screenwriting at Biola. She teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced screenwriting, as well as classes that help students to hone their skills in writing character and dialogue and screenplay coverage.

In addition, Camille is pursuing an M.F.A. in screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University. Currently, she is excitedly planning to make her feature film directing debut with Sorority Sistaz, a satirical social comedy. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America. Her passion is writing and directing women in extraordinary roles.

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