Tisch Asia Announces New Chair of Graduate Film Department

New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia has announced the appointment of David K. Irving, associate professor in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, as the new chair of Tisch Asia’s Graduate Film Department. His appointment is effective immediately. Irving succeeds John Tintori, who was doubling as chair of both Graduate Film programs in Singapore and New York.

“Professor Irving has been one of the pillars of the film department for a long time,” said Pari Sara Shirazi, president of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia and vice dean of the Tisch School of the Arts. “As a tenured member of the faculty, he has been instrumental in overseeing the changes in the curriculum, transformation of the equipment from analog to digital, and faculty recruitments. For more than seven years David has chaired both the graduate and undergraduate departments of film at Tisch School of the Arts New York.”

Irving earned his MFA in film from California Institute of the Arts and is an active filmmaker. His directorial credits include: Night of the Cyclone (1990) with Kris Kristofferson and Marisa Berenson; C.H.U.D. II (1988) with Robert Vaughn and Gerrit Graham; The Emperor’s New Clothes (1987) with Sid Caesar and Robert Morse; Sleeping Beauty (1987) with Morgan Fairchild, Tawnee Welch, and Sylvia Miles; Rumpelstiltskin (1987) with Amy Irving and Billy Barty; and Goodbye, Cruel World (1983) with Dick Shawn and Cynthia Sikes.

His documentary credits include: Romare Bearden: Visual Jazz (1995); Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression (1993); and Faith Ringgold: The Last Story Quilt (1991). Screenplay credits include Rumpelstiltskin and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Irving is also the recipient of a Writers Guild of America Award for The Secret of the Lost Valley. In 2007, he was honored by the Tisch School of the Arts with the David Payne Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. He is the author of the award-winning textbook Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video

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