John Scott

Associate Professor and Doc Studies Program Director, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies
Phone: 607-274-1710
Office: Roy H Park School of Communications 363, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: documentary and fiction production

I'm fascinated with the craft of making media that is engaging, that is visually sophisticated, and gives audiences an opportunity to consider the world around them in new ways. My work tends to start with a documentary approach but then borrows from other genres like fictional re-enactment where it seems helpful to the story. My independent shorts have won many awards and have screened in festivals in over twenty countries. A recent short film Notes on Liberty toured embassy events worldwide with the American Documentary Showcase (now called American Film Showcase.) My feature-length independent documentary Scouts are Cancelled debuted at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, was reviewed positively in national presses and was broadcast numerous times on The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) Documentary. Before becoming a professor and independent filmmaker I worked as field producer at Street Cents a Gemini Award (Canada’s Emmy) winning show at the CBC, and also as a freelance editor. I hold an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa, a BFA in Film Production from Concordia University and a BA Honours in English from Dalhousie University. I love teaching at Ithaca College because it's exciting to share the passion of telling important stories in engaging ways with students who share that passion.