Film Studies

Professor Dave Monahan

Dave Monahan, department chair and associate professor
King Hall 102C | 910.962.7502 |

CV and Filmography


  • M.F.A., Film Directing, Columbia University, New York, New York
  • B.S., Studio Arts (Minor: English) South Dakota State University,
    Brookings, South Dakota

Dave Monahan teaches screenwriting, editing, and film production. Before joining the UNCW faculty, he taught filmmaking and film studies at Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, and New York University's graduate film program.

Monahan has written, directed, and/or edited a number of short films. His first student film Angels Watching Over Me was a New York regional finalist for the Student Academy Award. His Columbia University MFA thesis film Prime Time was awarded the New Line Cinema award for most original film and the Silver Plaque award at the Chicago International Film Festival. Monahan's experimental Musical Western Ringo screened in 22 international film festivals and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for animated short at the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival. Most recently, his movie Things Grow received a documentary prize at the 2011 Athens International Film and Video festival.

Monahan is the co-author of Looking At Movies, an introductory textbook published by W.W. Norton & Company. In addition to his contributions to the text, he has created 32 tutorial films and modules illustrating cinematic concepts and techniques available to readers online and in an interactive tablet edition. Looking At Movies is taught at over 300 colleges and universities in North America and the United Kingdom.

Ringo movie poster Things Grow movie poster Monkey Junction movie picture Looking at Movie book cover