Pit Menousek Pinegar

Pit is the author of three books of poetry, Nine Years between Two Poems, The Possibilities of Empty Space, and The Physics of Transmigration. Her short story collection, Mess: Stories about Women with Messy Lives was released as an e-book on Amazon and B & N, by Selwa Press, in late 2011. She is a teaching artist at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University.  She directs the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s Urban Outreach Program. Pinegar has received the Governor’s Distinguished Advocate of the Arts Award and an artist’s fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts (now the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism). She was Teaching Artist of the Year at the Academy in 2005, a SURDNA Foundation fellow in 2006, and a Helene V. Wurlitzer fellow during the spring of 2009. She has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and for a Pushcart Prize six times and was a double-finalist in the Iron Horse Review’s Single Author Prose Competition in 2010. She was a member of the faculty at the San Miguel de Allende Writer's Conference and Literary Festival (Mexico) in February, 2013.



Patrick McCullough

An award-winning filmmaker, actor and writer, and creator of the local Summer Filmmaking Program for youth, Filmmakers Ink, Patrick is a former Artist/instructor at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (GHAA), having taught Screenwriting, Acting for Film and Acting Technique for Filmmakers. Patrick began his filmmaking career producing and directing several educational films including the Cine Golden Eagle award winning, Sara's Diary, a teen suicide prevention film. His screenplay, Broham was a finalist for the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriting Program. One of his projects was producing and acting in the independent feature film, Beautiful Kid, with Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Angela's Ashes. Variety cited Beautiful Kid for it's, "astonishing integrity." Patrick recently directed and co-produced the feature film, Slider, written by one of his first Filmmakers Ink students.



Joe Hertz  

A graphic artist and animator, Joe has worked on many prestigious projects including the New York City Neighborhood Maps (visible in every subway station) cover art and illustrations for the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and bicycle trail map of Middlesex County, NJ, Part of the design team, for Bus maps for LI bus, Nassau County, NY, and The Ride, Anne-Arbor, Michigan.  Joe is an instructor at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, teaching Animation, Story boarding and Screenwriting for the Film and Television department, Storytelling Through Images and Poetry of Light, for the Creative writing Department. He has experience as a set designer for both Capital Classics Theater Company, (Merry wives of Windsor) and Oddfellow's Playhouse (Skin of Our Teeth, Prometheus Bound).



Sabrina Durling-Jones 

Sabrina is a photographer and filmmaker. She earned her B.A. as a graduate of the University of New Orleans Film program. She began her Masters Degree studies in Cinematography at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia, focusing on film and culture. She later shifted her focus toward Anthropology and is currently finishing her M.A. studies in Visual Anthropology at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago de Chile. She is presently working on her graduate thesis, a project teaching indigenous communities how to make documentaries about their cultures, from their own unique perspective.



Andrew Reardon 

Andrew is a Filmmaker and Editor.  Andrew has been instructing with Filmmakers Ink for the last 6 years.  Andrew’s recent work includes Cinematographer and Editor of Don’t Talk To Strangers, a TV Pilot filmed in New York City, and the Cinematographer of, Slider, a feature film about Baseball, filmed in CT. He has worked with Patrick McCullough on several short film projects in CT and NYC.