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Kristin  Holodak
Prof. Kris HolodakMarquette University

Johnston Hall, 418B

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-4061Heron Media

Assistant Professor, Digital Media and Performing Arts


M.F.A in Film Production at Boston University
M.S. in Corporate Communication at Ithaca College
B.A. in Broadcasting at SUNY Oswego

Courses Taught

Introduction to Digital Media Production
Introduction to Scriptwriting
Narrative Production
Journalism Tools and Techniques 

Research Interests

Producing and Directing short film

Professional Experience

Kris has created various digital media for employers and clients, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, GE, Xerox, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, among others.

While Kris has more than fifteen years of professional experience, she has always felt at home behind a camera. She discusses her path to becoming a filmmaker here:

Professional Affiliations

Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance
Milwaukee Film Higher Education Working Group
University Film and Video Association
Women in Film and Video

Honors and Awards

Grandpa's Getaways
Best Screenplay

Take Out
Audience Award for Best Short

Jury Prize for Best Short Short
Best of the Fest Shorts

Best of the Fest Shorts

Winner: Experimental Short, Silver

Professional Work and Film Screenings

Enid's Wall
Auckland International Film Festival 2018

Young of the Year
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital 2018
Refuge System Birthday Bash at the National Wildlife Visitor Center 2018
SENE Film Music & Art Festival 2018

Grandpa's Getaways
Oregon Short Film Festival 2017
Short. Sweet. Film Fest 2017
New York International Screenplay Awards 2017
UFVA 2017
New York Short Film & Screenplay Competition 2017

Ghost Tours
SENE Film Music & Arts Festival 2015
Balticon Short Film Festival 2015
UFVA Conference 2015
Night of Frights 2015
Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival 2016
Broadcast on WMHT's TvFILM, season 7

Take Out
SENE Film Music & Arts Festival 2014
Broadcast on WMHT’s TvFILM, season 8

Jamfest Indie Film Festival 2013
SENE Film Music & Arts Festival 2013
Woods Hole Film Festival 2013
We Like ‘Em Short 2013
DC Independent Film Festival 2014
American Online Film Awards 2014
Broadcast on WMHT's TvFILM, season 6

Balticon Short Film Festival 2011
Woods Hole Film Festival 2011
Southern Appalachian International Film Festival 2011
Utopia Film Festival 2011
Jamfest Indie Film Festival 2011
Broadcast on WMHT's TvFILM season 8

Jamfest Indie Film Festival 2010
Utopia Film Festival 2010
Southern Appalachian International Film Festival 2010
Fort Myers Film Festival 2011

Doggie Drill Team
DC Shorts 2009
Utopia Film Festival 2009
Bow Wow Film Festival 2016

Memory Sticks
Dam Short Film Festival 2008
Balticon Short Film Festival 2008
Utopia Film Festival 2008

Why Marquette

The Digital Media department at Marquette offers my students and me a wonderful opportunity to explore all the ways in which media gets created and used in the modern age. I can bring to the classroom my experiences making both documentary and narrative films, corporate video, and educational media and use that to broaden my students’ expectations and opportunities.