The Media directors are responsible for implementing academic and artistic curriculum of the department,  teaching classes and daily workshops, and managing the Artists-in-Residence, They meet with students regularly to discuss coursework and independent projects (IPs), encourage submissions to film festivals, and facilitate collaborative projects within the department, the other arts disciplines at Asawa SOTA and the greater Bay Area film and arts communities. 

The Artists-in-Residence are the backbone of the program; working filmmakers who provide instruction and insight on a weekly basis. In addition, the department regularly schedules visits from local filmmakers, artists and notables to lead intensives and share their stories, bringing refreshing perspectives and rich content to the learning environment. Check out the Media Department guest list HERE.

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SCOTT EBERHARDT has been teaching English Literature at Asawa SOTA since 2002 and has concurrently headed up the award-winning Media (Film/Video) Department since 2004. 

Hailing from the suburbs of New York City, Scott moved west in 1995 to pursue his Bachelor in the Humanities at the University of Colorado at Boulder, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, in 1999, with dual degrees in English Literature and Art History. He spent his four years at Boulder a self-professed disciple of the experimental filmmaker, Stan Brakhage, and formalist, epic poet, Ed Dorn. In 1997, Scott completed a summer writing intensive at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, studying the Beats and Buddhism under the tutelage of renowned poet, Joanne Kyger. After receiving his teaching credential from the University of San Francisco in 2004, Scott received his Masters in Teaching from USF in 2007, creating a unique curriculum promoting Social Justice through First-Person Documentary Filmmaking. 

Scott has been an integral part of both the SOTA and greater Bay-Area arts community since he began here in 2002. He served on the school site council for two years, represented the school at the district level as the SFUSD VAPA Arts Coordinator for the past five years, and toured the US and Europe with a number of rock bands and electronic music projects. In both 2004 and 2010 he was awarded grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities and participated in its Summer Institutes for Teachers studying Petrarchan poetry, in Provence, France, and Mesoamerican History and Culture in Oaxaca, Mexico, respectively. He shuns social media and continues to write, play, and record music in San Francisco's Mission District, where he lives with his wife and juggles his time among three bands.

Salome Milstead, Asawa SOTA Media and Film Arts Director

SALOME MILSTEAD is an educator, filmmaker, and visual artist who has facilitated student-centered art making with an emphasis on short narrative & experimental filmmaking, animation & installation for over thirty years. During her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, Salome had her first taste of supporting a student-centered art practice in a young artists' theater company. Since that time, Salome has continued to work on student productions including teaching animation and experimental filmmaking at the Young Artists Program at the San Francisco Art Institute, editing at the New York Summer Film Institute in San Francisco, experimental filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, and as the co-director in the Media Department and an English faculty member at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. 

Some of her documentary credits include assistant editor and post-production supervisor for films: Telling Pictures' Paragraph 175, Deann Borshay Liem's First Person Plural, Veronica Selver's KPFA On The Air, and co-producer on Dawn Logsdon's Faubourg Treme. Animation credits include, "Enough" and "I Used to Be" by Emily Hubley and "Tall Time Tales" by Faith Hubley. Specific areas of literary interest include the Gothic in literature, graphic novels, post-modern and post-colonial literatures, culture studies, gender studies and the study of rhetoric. 

For SOTA's media department, Salome teaches a variety of workshops including screenwriting, cinematography & art directing, and production courses with a particular interest in installation, set design, animation, and personal experimental filmmaking. This summerSalome created an arts program for emerging artists, the San Francisco Summer Arts Collective Previous summers she has worked on the iMovie engineering team at Apple, run a summer movie-making and horseback riding camp at Heather Hill Riding Center, and travelled extensively with her two sons.