FILMMAKER-IN-RESIDENCE (First Semester – August 27, 2013 - Jan 20, 2014)

  • Interlochen, MI
  • Full-time

Company Description

Interlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at


Interlochen Center for the Arts includes:


Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities.


Interlochen Arts Camp

Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.


Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.


Interlochen Public Radio

Classical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix

News Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington

Streaming online at  Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.


Interlochen Presents

Interlochen brings dozens of world-renowned artists to northwest Michigan, enhancing the region’s position on the global arts map. Interlochen presents more than 600 events each year by students, faculty and guest artists, making Interlochen one of the nation’s largest arts presenters.

Job Description

The Filmmaker-in-Residence is a one-semester position teaching secondary students in the Motion Picture Arts Division.  Teaching responsibilities include one section of Production Workshop and one section of a cinematic arts course developed in conjunction with the director of Motion Picture Arts.  As a part of Production Workshop, the FIR is also responsible for weekly Thesis Advisor meetings with a share of Thesis Students’ student productions development/guidance from script to screen. Other responsibilities include scheduled tutorials with students, department activities, regular meetings, and daytime/evening rehearsals, casting and location productions.   Professional behavior and appropriate use of facilities/equipment required.


Applicants must have an in depth understanding of visual storytelling and cinema production, the Final Cut Studio suite of software and a working knowledge of production management and postproduction workflow.  Experience with location production, equipment and safety is required.  Teaching experience is required.  Previous experience working in a high school setting with secondary education students is desired.  In addition, expertise in Animation and Compositing is a plus.

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits: 

Filmmakers-in-Residence are provided with a classroom office, computer, e-mail/network account, lunch, one-bedroom apartment, stipend of $7500.00 optional insurance, a formal screening of work. They also enjoy the camaraderie of other filmmakers and the pleasure/challenge of teaching young filmmakers.

Application Process:


  1. Interested candidates need to complete the online application by clicking the "I'm interested" green button.
  2. Once the online application has been completed, candidates should send: cover letter, resume/vita (teaching experience required), list of production/post/animation credits, DVD or link to current reel, a brief overview of the professional work desired to complete while in residence and a list of at least three references, or three letters of recommendation that may be sent under separate cover.  Materials should be sent directly to:

    Michael Mittelstaedt, Director

    Motion Picture Arts Division

    Interlochen Arts Academy

    Box 199

    Interlochen, MI 49643 

    Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.