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James Mackenzie, M.F.A.

James MacKenzie
Title: Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media
Director, Film in Italy Study Abroad Program
Phone: 678-717-3763

Office: Nesbitt Academic Building, 2134, Gainesville

Courses Taught

  • MDST 1110 - Film Appreciation
  • MDST 1500 - Seminar on the Film & Digital Media Industry
  • MDST 2500 - Production I
  • MDST 3000 - Acting for the Camera I
  • MDST 3150 - Pre-Production
  • MDST 3200 - Audio Production for Visual Media               
  • MDST 3300 - Directing for Motion Pictures I
  • MDST 3500 - Production II
  • MDST 3700 - Post-Production
  • MDST 4300 - Directing for Motion Pictures II
  • MDST 4500 - Cinematography
  • MDST 4590 - Topics for Film & Digital Media
  • COMM 4900 - Senior Capstone


  • M.F.A., Film & Television Production, Loyola Marymount University, 2014
  • B.A., Drama, University of Dallas, 2009

Work Experience

Creative Work

  • Three Men Named Mantas, narrative short, writer/director, 2020
  • Tough Love, web series, director, 2019
  • American Zealot, narrative feature, writer/director/producer, 2016
  • Audrey Makes a Mixtape, narrative short, writer/director/producer, 2014

Personal Information

Mackenzie’s MFA thesis, Audrey Makes a Mixtape, was recognized on the US BAFTA Student Awards shortlist, and as a member of the Film Independent Incubator Lab, he helmed his award-winning first feature, American Zealot. He recently brought his web series Tough Love to the Tribeca N.O.W. Creators Market, and premiered Three Men Named Mantas, an international co-production shot in Lithuania, at the 2020 Atlanta Film Festival.

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