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Dien Vo

Faculty member Dien Vo

Faculty in Film and Media Studies


Daniel Arts Center 131

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Arts, Film

Areas of Specialization

  • Art Cinema
  • Modernist movements
  • Aesthetics
  • Independent and community media
  • Micro-budget filmmaking

Favorite/Regular Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Film and Media
  • Audio Production and Storytelling
  • Avant-Garde and Art Cinema
  • Fiction 1 - Screenwriting
  • Fiction 2 - Directing and Acting for Film
  • Non-Fiction 1 - Theory, Ethics, and Field Research
  • Non-Fiction 2 - Participatory Film and Media


MFA with Distinction, Media Arts Production, University at Buffalo, SUNY
BA, Sociology, Media Studies, Philosophy (minor), Hunter College, CUNY

Dien is an independent filmmaker and multimedia artist with interests in Art Cinema, modernist movements, aesthetics, community media, and micro-budget filmmaking. Before joining Bard College at Simon’s Rock, he taught at the University at Buffalo and Virginia Tech, where he co-developed the filmmaking program. Dien is the first graduate of distinction from SUNY Buffalo’s MFA program in experimental media arts since its founding. He started teaching at Simon's Rock in 2017.


  • "Let Them Have Their Way" (debut feature film as writer, director). Special screening at the Buffalo International Film Festival. Nominated for Best Narrative, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best Actress at Blowup: Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival in 2015.
  • "Beyond Boundaries: Personal Stories from a Small Planet" (editor). Won the Peabody Award in 2006 and premiered on the Independent Film Channel.