Aug. 12, 2020
Monica Cure is a scholar of Comparative Literature, and visual and material culture. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English (with a concentration in poetry) and Spanish literature, as well as a minor in art history, from Kenyon College. Cure received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. She specializes in late nineteenth/early twentieth century British and American literature and culture, and representations of otherness.
An assistant professor in the Torrey Honors Institute, Cure engages in and promotes interdisciplinary thinking. She enjoys employing its Socratic-inspired pedagogy in a way that fosters perspective taking and strengthens critical thinking skills. She also helped establish and oversees the institute’s Academic Service Learning program.
Monica Cure’s forthcoming book, Picturing the Postcard: The Invention of the Postcard Through the Lens of Turn-of-the-Century Literature, and the Fantasy of New Media is under advance contract with the University of Minnesota Press. In it, she explores the literary and cultural evolution of the postcard at the turn of the twentieth century and what that reveals about the discourse of new media.
Cure's current research project continues at the intersection of literature and culture, investigating the spirituality of travel through the concept of pilgrimage, medieval mysticism and travel writing. Her other research interests include cross-cultural education, popular culture and media, art history, gender studies and postcolonial studies.
“Art is created in infrastructure whether a frame, an altar, a chapel ceiling or a 90-minute feature.” Gerry has 35 years of experience in media education and is using that to expand CMA's infrastructure in equipment, faculty, facilities, courses, and funding since taking over the leadership role in 2016. The CMA program has since been endorsed by several industry publications, students are winning in film festivals, and classes and enrollment have been expanded. PhD UCI, MA Regent, BA FWBC.
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.
Stew Oleson brings a diverse professional background to his position teaching broadcasting in the Journalism Department at Biola. He is an award-winning broadcast journalist and producer, former Assistant State's Attorney in Chicago, a travel show host, and a standup comedian.
Stew grew up in Moline, Illinois where he attended the Evangelical Free Church and graduated with a BS in Journalism from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He received his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago and tried over 500 cases to verdict during his eight years as an Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County. Stew balanced his work as a prosecutor during the day with standup comedy at night in Chicago, making frequent stand up TV appearances on Evening at the Improv and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Stew left law for broadcasting and developed an innovative, interactive style hosting local TV morning shows that clicked with the viewers in various markets across the country. He went on to host and produce long-form national travel programming on various networks that were awarded 13 Telly Awards for Excellence in TV Production. Stew continues to explore the rapidly evolving broadcast and web frontier and is excited about bringing his experiences to campus to interact with Biola students.
“A film is never finished. It's just finally abandoned in post.” John and has worked on over 40 films in various capacities as director, writer, producer or editor. His current feature script Mountain of Fire is in development. John was a producer on Trade of Innocents, a drama that explored sex trafficking and post-production supervisor on Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius. He wants to see students excel in every aspect of life and to work on projects which affect culture. MA Fuller, BA UCLA.
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.”
“Game design is a powerful storytelling medium because players become part of a story and explore consequences of choices.” Michael is a narrative game designer prototyping his independent game, Telmahre, which explores using virtual space as a metaphor for a character’s mental state. In his first year at Biola, he has developed the new Game Design program for CMA. Michael has also taught game design, digital technology, digital art or computer science at several colleges. MFA USC, BA UCSD.
“Nothing in this business happens without the writer.” Camille’s most recent feature was picked up by Lifetime and produced by Queen Latifah. She sold seven other screenplays and a TV pilots. Camille was selected for the PGA's Power of Diversity Master Workshop, was a semi-finalist in the Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition and is an instructor for The Del-York Academy in Lagos, NGR. As a writer/director she is passionate about breaking barriers for women. MFA LMU, MA Fuller, BA UCLA
With a B.A. in English literature and creative writing from UCLA and an M.F.A. in writing for the screen from Loyola Marymount University, Camille Tucker brings both academic and industry experience to her role at Biola. While an assistant at Walt Disney Studios, she first launched her filmmaking career with the short film Sweet Potato Ride, executive produced by Bill Duke (Predator, Deep Cover, Sister Act II). She has since sold seven 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.
A writer/director, Camille has completed seven short films. Her short film Cellular won Best Narrative Short at the 2013 Roxbury International Film Festival, and 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 as full-time faculty as a professor of screenwriting at Biola, teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced screenwriting, as well as classes that help students to hone their skills in character development and screenplay coverage.
Recently, Camille directed a trailer for the TV series Sorority Sistaz, a project that utilized both Biola students and industry professionals as cast and crew. She is shopping this project, as well as crime thriller, Unseen, sci-fi, Launch and a host of other projects.
Camille is passionate about breaking barriers for women in front of and behind the camera. She writes and directs female characters in strong, imaginative and courageous roles. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America. In her spare time, she loves giving back by volunteering to help at-risk youth and women in crisis. If you’re a friend, she just might make you a pot of her dirty south gumbo.