Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Marcus Turner

    Assistant Professor of Filmmaking


    Mr. Turner graduated Cum Laude from The University of Cincinnati’s Communications Arts program and attended New York University’s MFA in Film program. Before joining The New School faculty, Marcus taught Film Production and Film Studies at The City University of New York and Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. His research and teaching interests are in African American Narrative and Documentary film, French and Asian World Cinema and Jazz in Literature and Film. 

    On the professional side, his passion for storytelling began on the set of the seminal Spike Lee film “She's Gotta Have It”. An Emmy nominated director, Mr. Turner has worked for more than twenty years as a producer, director and writer on commercials, music videos and public service announcements through his own Burnt Toast Films production company. His directorial effort "Et Tu Brutus" won a CLIO Award and his work with the Parisian super group Bisso Na Bisso won the All Africa Kora Award for Best Director. Recently Mr. Turner produced the television series “Sharp Talk” hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, as well the documentary “No Justice, No Peace”, a film exploring errant police behavior and the United States criminal justice system.

    Recent Publications:

    • No Justice, No Peace 2009
    • Mean Streets 2008

    Research Interests:

    • African American Narrative Cinema and Documentary
    • French and Asian World Cinema
    • Jazz in Literature and Film

    Awards And Honors:

    1999 Kora All Africa Music Awards : Winner - Bisso Na Bisso "Bisso Na Bisso"
    Le Prix de Meilleur Réalisateur de Video ( Best Video Clip Director)

    1997 Telly Awards Silver "ET TU BRUTUS"
    Excellence in Local, Regional and Cable TV Commercials

    1995 EMMY Nomination for National Public Service Announcement

    1995 CLIO Television/Cinema Awards Best Editing "ET TU BRUTUS"
    Marcus Turner - Director

    1995 The Advertising Club of New York Andy Award of Excellence
    Marcus Turner - Director "ET TU BRUTUS"

    1995 31st Chicago International Film Festival - Gold Plaque Award
    Public Service Announcement "ET TU BRUTUS"

    1995 36th Annual International Cindy Competition - Gold Cindy Award
    "ET TU BRUTUS" Association of Visual Communicators

    1995 36th Annual International Cindy Competition - Gold Cindy Award
    PSA Campaign Association of Visual Communicators

    1994 The Charleston International Film Festival – Gold Award
    TV Commerical Awards – Series/Campaign

    1994 The Mobius Award Copywriting "ET TU BRUTUS"
    For Excellence in the Creation of Television Commercial Advertising

    Current Courses:

    Cin and Lighting CT Lab (Spring 2019)

    Cinematography and Lighting

    Cinematography and Lighting (Spring 2019)

    Digital Filmmaking: Production

    Film 4 CT Lab (Spring 2019)

    Film 4: Adv. Film Production (Spring 2019)

    Independent Production (Spring 2019)

    Independent Study (Spring 2019)

    Pathways to Learning (Spring 2019)

    Thesis Tutorial