Cheri Gaulke
Cheri Gaulke is the Head of Upper School Visual Arts at Harvard-Westlake School. She created Harvard-Westlake Summer Film in 2006 and has been its Director ever since. She is also Artistic Director of The Righteous Conversations Project. Gaulke has mentored hundreds of successful teen video/film projects which have screened in film festivals internationally. As an artist, Gaulke’s socially-conscious work has shown at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art (LA), and was recently featured in Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and a mid-career COLA (City of Los Angeles) fellowship. Cheri holds a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MA in Feminist Art/Education from Goddard College. Gaulke is passionate about giving young people the tools of media literacy in order to be critical thinkers, good storytellers, and ultimately to make the world a more humane and equitable place.
Michael Morgenstern
Michael Morgenstern is the Assistant Director of HW Summer Film. As a filmmaker, he writes and directs narratives and music videos that range from perspectives on social topics to intense explorations of emotional landscapes, using characters and visuals to portray states of mind. His recent short film “Shabbat Dinner” premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and has screened at over 50 film festivals across the globe. The film is about to be released for free worldwide He is the organizer of the first inaugural Nametag Day, a New York City-wide event where volunteers encouraged tens of thousands of New Yorkers to wear a nametag, to create a friendlier and more open city. The event was featured in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, CBS, WPIX-11, and as a front page story in AM New York.

Michael taught film production in the Kenyan refugee camps with the nonprofit FilmAid and directed “Projecting Hope,” a commercial for the organization voiced by Linus Roache. He graduated from Brown University in 2008 and pursued a semester of film study at the FAMU conservatory in the Czech Republic. Michael is currently writing three feature films and a web series, and has several other projects in development. His experience on film sets large and small has prepared him well for his next task: directing a first feature film.

Ruah Edelstein
Ruah Edelstein is a filmmaker and an animation artist best known for her film ‘Died 100 Times’ and her work as an artistic director of Lumen Animae, an international amity of creative partnerships that she co–founded in 2012. Edelstein is also a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts, where she teaches film production in the Department of Character Animation. Besides filmmaking, Edelstein’s other art practices includes site–specific installations such as animation mapping on buildings, live video manipulation shows, consultancy work for film and stage productions, and painting. Prior to her career in the cinematic arts, Edelstein directed professional stage productions for The Covenant Players, a full time touring theater company which staged productions across European cities in multiple languages (1998-2001). Edelstein has collaborated with well accomplished international artists to produce interdisciplinary projects. Her resume reflects a record of regional, national, and international productions.  Other honors include: artist-in-residence in Paris, France (August-December, 2009), artist-in-residence in Vermont, USA (October 2013), a public art commission for the city of Karlskrona, Sweden (2012), honorary visiting artist for the city of Klaipeda, Lithuania, (2012).
John Glouchevitch
John Glouchevitch is an actor, writer, musician, and teacher based in Los Angeles, California. He has been a part of the HW Summer Film Camp since 2006, and currently teaches the screenwriting workshop.
Samara Hutman
Samara Hutman is the cofounder of The Righteous Conversations Project and the executive director of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Working in close partnership with families at Harvard-Westlake School, Sam drew on her deep roots in the Los Angeles arts and film communities to help develop The Righteous Conversations Project as a collaborative venture of educators, scholars, artists, filmmakers, and change agents, working with teens and survivors.

In our summer workshops, Sam facilitates the conversations between survivors and teens. Once the public service announcements have been produced, she connects with non-profit, social change organizations which use the PSAs to advance their causes.

Sam’s role in The Righteous Conversations Project grows from her belief in the meaningful connection of art, memory and social change. It is the nexus of past, present and future that allows us to relentlessly envision a better world. Sam invites all who feel connected to the work of Holocaust remembrance and wish to help support teens in speaking up about injustice to join us in this work.

Sarah Morton
Sarah Morton
Sarah Morton is a Los Angeles based filmmaker with over ten years of experience working in film production.  In 2012 she attended Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School alongside many talented filmmakers from around the globe.  She recently completed her second short film, “Point of Origin” and is currently filming a documentary of noted singer and songwriter Tom Brosseau.  Sarah produces, shoots and edits video as an independent contractor as well. Over the past two years she’s had the good fortune to work as a film teacher at Harvard-Westlake’s Summer Film Camp and the Righteous Conversations Project PSA workshop, both educating and learning from young filmmakers.  She has a soft spot for British comedy series, Buffalo wings and Lina Wertmuller.
Michelle Paster
As an alum of Harvard-Westlake school, Michelle Paster has built a career off journalism and documentary film. She has been published in LA Times, LA Weekly, Documentary Magazine, AFI Daily News and OC Metro. Film and Video clients include PepsiCo, Monster Products, Women in Film and Shepard Fairey’s SNO.
Cosmo Segurson
Cosmo Segurson
Los Angeles native and CalArts graduate Cosmo Segurson is an artist and filmmaker who’s ever expanding body of work has been called “strange, luminous, and unforgettable…” by Sunset magazine. Making personal and commercial projects come to life with his unique combination of in-camera special effects, animation, and original scores, his films have won many awards and played at festivals nationwide. His first feature “Nic and Tristan go Mega Dega” has been wowing kids and their hip parents alike on Showtime and Netflix. Whether storyboarding in the animation industry or hand processing his own 16mm film at the Echo Park Film Center, he continues his education in building a visual vocabulary to tell interesting stories that entertain and move audiences everywhere.
Sherwood, Alyssa
Alyssa Sherwood
Alyssa Sherwood was born in Ithaca, New York, but mostly grew up in Los Angeles. She has been drawing and making things for as long as she can remember. She has her B.F.A. in sculpture and painting from Syracuse University, and an M.F.A in animation and digital arts from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She also studied in the Experimental Animation program at CalArts. Her mentors have included filmmaker Jules Engel and painter Jerome Witkin. Her films have screened in many festivals including the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film festival, and the Nashville Film Festival. In 2008 she won the inaugural Poetry Foundation prize for Migrations, an experimental film and spoken word collaboration with the poet Dorian Merina, at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
Masha Vasilkovsky
Masha Vasilkovsky is an Independent Experimental Animator and a co-founder of Lumen Animae, an international Animation and Performing arts amity she started with filmmaker Ruah Edelstein. Inspiration behind Lumen Animae lies in uniting people using the power of community founded on the notions of Cultural Integrity and Mutual Support through an immersive socio-centric art making.

Masha Vasilkovsky was born in Moscow and immigrated to the USA when she turned eighteen.

She learned Animation first at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, 1995) and later received her MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts (1998). Masha considers herself very lucky with her teachers, among whom were Cornelius Cole, Jules Engel, Bill Moritz, Suzan Pitt, Maureen Selwood, Christin Panushka, Raymond Krumme and Amy Kravitz.

After graduating CalArts Masha was very happy to work as an animator for independent films (please see her ‘Resume’ page on Among the pieces that she animated for are ‘Tell Me Cuba’ by Megan Williams (2006), ‘Il Doctor’ by Suzan Pitt (2005) and ‘As You Desire Me’ by Maureen Selwood (2008). In the past three years, she felt quite fortunate to make commissioned work for such productions as: ‘Lo Azul Del Cielo’, by Juan Uribe (2012), ‘The Puzzle’, by Dance Into Unity (2011) and ‘ Curve of Earth’ by Lee Madsen, (2010).

For the past fifteen years Masha has also been teaching animation for students of all ages and levels of expertise. Presently, besides being an instructor at College of the Canyons, she teaches animation at the Experimental and Character Animation departments of CalArts.  (Please see examples of current student work on Masha’s Vimeo page, titled ‘Animations by My Students’,