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Carrie Specht
Carrie Specht, MFA
Assistant Professor Film and Television Arts


  • MFA, New York University, 1998.
  • BA, SanFrancisco State University, 1992.

Principal Research Interests

Carrie Specht is a film industry professional with more than sixteen years experience working behind the scenes in Hollywood. Although she has worked on set in nearly every technical position, from Grip to Camera Assistant, from Sound Mixer to Best Boy Electrician (it’s a job title, not a gender), Carrie has spent most of her career as a union 2nd Assistant Director for films and television after completing the Directors Guild of America Trainee Program in 2002. She’s also spent a great deal of time in the production office as an Assistant Production Office Coordinator, Coordinator and Production Manager for Commercials, Music Videos, Reality Shows and Television Dramas.

Carrie began her professional career in New York while completing her MFA in Film Producing. While there she produced the first of more than a dozen short films, all of which have gone to major film festivals such as Sundance and the New York Film Festival, and many have received awards including a Gold Student Academy Award, an African American Student Filmmaker Award, and the Best Drama of the New York Short Film Festival. Carrie completed directing and producing her most recent short film, Drop In Any Mailbox, in August 2012. Her other directing achievements include a Best Short of the Melbourne Independent Film Festival, two web series, and a position as a top ten finalists for the ABC/Disney Directors Fellowship in 2005.

Academic Interests/Research Area: 

  • Cinematography
  • Classic Cinema
  • Film History
  • Film Production
  • Independent Filmmaking

Phone: (213) 819-5962 cell

Representative Work

  1. Creator, Editor and main contributor for, a website dedicated to the appreciation of classic films.
  2. Creator, Editor and main contributor for, a website dedicated to modern film and cultural criticism.

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