Part-time Assistant Professor
Amy Finkel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, designer, photographer, and writer. She is the founder and creative director of Sailor Beware, an agency that specializes in web design and video work. She is an instructor at both NYU and Parsons The New School for Design, where she teaches classes in photography, documentary filmmaking, and web design. Amy has served as a judge for IDA's Documentary Achievement Awards and for New York Festivals. Amy also acts as a 'Doctor' for New York Foundation for the Arts' "Doctor's Hours for Filmmakers." Amy holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons, as well as a BA in Theater from Connecticut College. Amy's documentary, "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," was nominated for the Pare Lorentz Award by the IDA. Her first feature documentary, "FUREVER," premiered at Hot Docs in 2013 and has since screened in over 50 film festivals worldwide. It's being distributed by PBS and FilmBuff (Cinetic). She also photographs regularly for Gothamist. A native of Seattle, Amy lives in Brooklyn, NY.