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Johnny McAllister

Head of Film Concentration, Assistant Professor

Johnny McAllister is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter from Donegal, Ireland. He recently co-wrote and executive produced the feature film BULL which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019 and more recently won the top three awards at the Deauville American Film Festival. Johnny was a Sundance Institute fellow in 2016, has written and produced several feature films that have played at Sundance, SXSW, Austin Film Festival and others. He received is MFA from Columbia University in 2004.

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Bryan Poyser


A two-time Independent Spirit Award nominee, writer/director Bryan Poyser has made 3 features, numerous short films as well as projects for Comedy Central, the USA Network, Ridley Scott Associates and HBO. Bryan’s feature LOVERS OF HATE premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. His first feature DEAR PILLOW was also nominated for a Spirit Award in 2005. Bryan’s latest feature LOVE & AIR SEX premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was released by Tribeca Films. Most recently, he wrote an episode of the Duplass Brothers HBO series ROOM 104, to air in the Fall of 2020. Bryan lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and daughter and teaches filmmaking at Texas State University.

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Elizabeth Buckley 


Emmy, Peabody and Gracie award-winning producer and writer Elizabeth (Betty) Buckley is a native Texan with over 25 years of experience in film, television, new media and animation.

Her experience ranges from indie and doc feature films as well as scripted TV series and blue chip TV Specials for broadcaster/streamers including HBO, History, Nat Geo, Curiosity Stream and PBS.

She has BFA in Broadcast-Film Arts from SMU, and studied in the Dramatic Writing Graduate Program at Texas State before becoming an FTE lecturer. She teaches Film Producing as well as The Business of Film, a legacy course created by Tom Copeland, who founded the film concentration program at Texas State.

She was recently nominated as an Alpha Chi Favorite Professors for 2021

She has produced/line produced eight independent feature films and her work in scripted broadcast television has been seen in over 30 countries, with production experience that has taken her from Hawaii to the Costa del Sol in Spain.

She and her family live in the Texas Hill Country where they run a Tiny House business dutifully guarded by their Great Pyrenees.

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Shelby Hadden


Shelby Hadden is a writer, producer, and documentary filmmaker whose films have screened at festivals around the world, including Annecy International Animated Film Festival, DOC NYC, and New Orleans Film Festival. She’s been featured on The Doctors and in publications such as Variety, Cosmopolitan, and IndieWire. Her latest work has focused on raising awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain — from publishing essays in BUST Magazine and Refinery29 to producing her award-winning short animated film, “Tightly Wound,” which was acquired by Condé Nast. An advocate for sex-positive culture/society, Shelby recently presented a TED Talk titled, “Why We All Lose When We Talk About Virginity” which argued for a more sex-positive framework for early sexual experiences. Her producing credits include co-producer on the New York Times Op Doc, "To Be Queen" and associate producer on SISTER AIMEE, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2019.

Shelby is currently a lecturer at Texas State University as well as a producer at Blue Suitcase Productions. When she isn’t working, Shelby is watching Golden Girls with her cat Mose.

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Huay Bing Law


Huay is a Taiwanese American filmmaker born and raised in Houston, Texas. His narrative and documentary films have earned an HBO APA Visionary Award, Princess Grace Award, and played in festivals worldwide. He's been featured in publications such as Texas Monthly, the Austin Chronicle, Angry Asian Man, and Character Media. His latest film, JUNE– about a Chinese immigrant in the 1950s who encounters segregated restrooms her first night in America – premiered on HBO.

Huay's work as a cinematographer has played on networks and festivals across the world, including HBO, ESPN, SXSW, BFI London Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival. Most recently, he was the cinematographer on the feature narrative GOODBYE, MOTHER– a Vietnamese-language drama about a gay son who hasn’t come out yet, until he brings his boyfriend from America back to Vietnam. The film was theatrically released in Vietnam in 2019.

Huay currently resides in Austin, TX, where he lectures at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University, while developing his first feature film.

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