Jeff Van Hanken

Jeff VanHanken

Associate Professor of Film StudiesLorton Performance Center 2200
(918) 631-3195

Writer of political and cultural features for both daily newspapers and monthly magazines. Writer, director and producer of short films and feature films. Produced, The HOLA Film Project, a collaborative project that matched recently arrived young men from Los Angeles’ Rampart district with film industry professionals. One of the shorts, The Test, won Best U.S. Short at the Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival. Other festivals played include those in Havana, Buenos Aires, London, New York, San Diego, as well as screening on KCET, Southern California’s premier public broadcasting channel. Script for feature film, The Legend of Billy Fail, was named a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project and given a top 10 percent nod in the Academy of Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships. Short stories appearing in on-line journals, Word Riot and Ascent Aspirations. Interests include overlooked or otherwise marginalized communities, and the ways that members of these communities look to define themselves against traditional notions of mainstream society. Further interests include linking narrative construction with measurable healthful mental and physical benefits.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Duke University, B.A., Comparative Literature, 1988
  • University of Texas at Austin, M.F.A., Film Production, 2005

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin
  • Instructor, University of Oklahoma

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Editorial writer/columnist – The Shreveport Journal
  • Columnist – Tulsa People
  • Producer – The Legend of Billy Fail, The HOLA Film Project
  • Director – Bella! Bella! Bella!
  • Owner/President – Healthy Boy Pictures

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member, Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers
  • Board Member, Oklahoma Arts Institute Film Workshop

Courses Taught at TU

  • Film History (FLM 2273)
  • Film Theory and Criticism (FLM 2283/ENG 2283)
  • Narrative Film Production I (FLM 4014)
  • Narrative Film Production II (FLM 4024)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2000 Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, CA.
  • 2000 Philadelphia Film Festival.
  • Finalist, Drama, 2001 Crested Butte Reelfest.
  • 2001 Filmstock International Film Festival, Luton, England.
  • Recognized as "Best Short" at 2001 Los Angeles Latino Film Festival.
  • Invited to 2001 Big Bear Film Festival.
  • Invited to 2002 CineSol Latino Film Festival.
  • Special invitation, 2004 Mar del Plata International Film Festival.
  • Invited to 2002 New York International Latino Film Festival.
  • Invited to 2002 Tucson International Film Festival.