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Eric SwelstadProfessor and Department Chair of Media Arts,  joined the Media Arts Department in 2001.  Eric has a BA and Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University, and has also guest-lectured in the Cinema/Screenwriting Departments at UCLA, California State University, Northridge, and Emerson College.

A screenwriter and director, Eric has worked for such companies as HBO, Paramount Pictures, and Big Picture Entertainment.  A movie-of-the-week he directed was nominated for an Emmy, and he has won two Telly Awards for his work in television.  His teen-comedy feature Scooter Kidz, and the supernatural film Heartland of Darkness have aired on cable, and most recently he directed the high-definition feature, Frankenstein Rising. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, West, Eric co-wrote the MGM feature Lucky 13, and the thriller Four Horsemen.



Arantxa Rodriguez, Professor of Cinema/Media Arts, joined the LAVC faculty in 1997. She has an M.F.A. in Film production from UCLA, and a B.A. in Cinema, Television and Audiovisual Media from Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain. She has guest-lectured at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. 

A writer, producer, director, cinematographer, editor and graphic artist, Arantxa has worked on films, television shows, and interactive media for national and international companies including Disney, Philips Interactive Media and Radio Television Espanola. Her award-winning projects have screened in international festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Bilbao and San Sebastian. As a journalist she has published numerous articles and photographs in newspapers and magazines. Arantxa is the proud recipient of the “Women in Education” award and has been a Project MATCH mentor since 1997. 



Chad SustinProfessor of Cinema/Media Arts, began teaching at LAVC in 2010. His career as a filmmaker, educator, and multi-platform storyteller over the last two decades has taken him in different and fulfilling directions. Beginning in production during film school, he worked on several commercials and independent features. He then quickly settled into the world of post-production.

At Complete Post, he started from the bottom and quickly moved up through the Telecine Department, ultimately landing the post of Project Manager. In this role he managed mostly feature trailer projects in addition to the handling of clients such as Dreamworks, Showtime, and Candid Camera.

Chad has worked on several digital and 16mm short films and industrials as a Writer, Director, Producer, and Editor winning an 'Audience Choice' award for his undergrad thesis.

At Technicolor, he held the post of Supervisor for the Studio Advertising Services department coordinating feature trailer finishing work for Sony Pictures, DreamWorks, Universal, and various independent production companies.

At both Dreamworks and as an independent Post Production Coordinator, Chad worked on the following feature films: Stranger than Fiction, Stay, Blades of Glory, Dreamgirls, Disturbia, Norbit, Things We Lost in the Fire, The Heartbreak Kid, and The Kite Runner.

Chad's foray into education has landed him jobs instructing a myriad of filmmaking classes here at Valley College and other various institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film with an emphasis in Film Production and a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Cinema.

Producer for Broadcast is the most recent title Chad held at Technicolor before coming to Valley College full-time.  In that role he managed the post-production needs and workflows for such clients as Fox’s The Simpsons, Netflix’s Narcos, CW’s Containment, Nickelodeon’s Bella & the Bulldogs, The Thundermans, and Instant Mom, The ASC Awards, as well as various other projects.

Most exciting is the new HDR (High Dynamic Range) and 4K/UHD technology that Chad had taken a leadership role in at Technicolor, partnering with Amazon Studios and working on their original shows such as Transparent, Bosch, Mozart in the Jungle, Red Oaks (pilot), and the pilot for The Man in the High Castle. 

Chad is very passionate about instructing all aspects of filmmaking.  He has found unparalleled enjoyment in passign this knowledge and passion along to the next generation of filmmakers, delighting in new ways to inspire and invoke their creativity.