Film Studies

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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.

The short films Monahan has written, directed, and/or edited have screened at over 70 juried film festivals, and have been featured in a touring programs, showcases, and broadcast venues. The awards his films have earned include New York regional finalist for the Student Academy Award, the New Line Cinema award for most original film, the Chicago International Film Festival Silver Plaque, and the Seattle International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for animated short.

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 over 100 tutorial films and video modules illustrating cinematic concepts and techniques available to readers online and in an interactive ebook edition. Looking At Movies is taught at over 300 colleges and universities in North America and the United Kingdom.

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