Janeann Dill, Ph.D., MFA, MA

Founder and CCO

The artist is a creative intellectual,
not an inspired idiot. 
1956 Brown Report, Harvard University

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tripp millican said:   November 19, 2012 10:28 am PST
Janeann was my mentor at VCU, where, I can say with no hyperbole, she changed the path of my life. She encouraged my art and storytelling, pushing me farther than I would have ever gone on my own and exposed me to whole new worlds of art and thinking. Most importantly, she made sure I reached my next goal -- admission in the best graduate programs in the country. Janeann is one of the finest teachers I've ever had -- she not only instructs on excellent subject matter, but she teaches students how to think. My academic career has been long and I can say with certainty this is a rare and superb trait. I can't recommend her enough as a professor.

Xavier Burgin said:   November 12, 2012 6:38 pm PST
Dr. Dill has been a longstanding mentor during my undergraduate years. I am currently a graduate student at USC's Cinematic Arts Program. During my time at The University of Alabama, she was one of the first people to take me under their wing. I learned the necessity of becoming skilled in my craft if I was going to succeed. Nearly three years later I've had the privilege of entering film festivals, working with The New York Times, attending the number one graduate program for film in the nation, and a myriad of other accomplishments thanks to Dr. Dill's foundation of knowledge.

Libby Snyder said:   November 12, 2012 2:22 pm PST
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Dill from May 2010 until June of 2011. During that time I interned for IIACI at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. I then went back to the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 as Dr. Dill's assistant. Each film festival brought very different, unforgettable experiences. Dr. Dill's guidance throughout my internships was invaluable to me. She made sure that each intern was properly prepared for working in such a fast-paced environment and kept us accountable and focused. Because I was properly prepared, I was able to keep my feet on the ground and get the most out of each incredible experience!

Marquis Heath said:   November 9, 2012 9:49 am PST
To whom it may concern: I am Marquis Heath, currently a senior dental student and former pupil of Dr. Janeann Dill. While a student of Dr. Dill I received many awards including, but not limited to, Outstanding Sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences (University of Alabama) and Outstanding Peer Advisor (University of Alabama). During two separate terms I had the opportunity to gain knowledge and growth under the advisement of Dr. Dill. She was instrumental in encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and a key element in expanding my creative thinking. Dr. Dill has a profound method of captivating students and an even larger thirst for education. She is eager to learn from her students and is not above informing her students when she is introduced to new ideas through their work. I can attest to her diligence and dedication to academia and will attribute much of my success to her teachings. Without reservation, I recommend her for a position, in education, that will allow her to impact students as she did myself and others over the years. Marquis Heath

Carri Burgjohann said:   November 5, 2012 7:38 pm PST
I had the privilege to work with Dr. Dill in a multitude of capacities: I was her student, I taught with her and now consider her my mentor for nearly anything academically related. She encouraged me (and cast a vision) for me to pursue a Masters degree beyond my BA and for that I'm thankful. I often find, in my daily life, that I miss being challenged intellectually and made to think creatively and critically in the ways I was in her classes and in teaching with her. It wasn't good enough to think--you had to know why you were thinking what you were and then had to continue digging to find what was really at the core of your beliefs. It is that hunger for challenge and curiosity that has brought me full circle and found me in a place where I want to apply for my PhD. This is again something that I saw Dr. Dill take pride in herself and can't wait to share my own success as a PhD student/candidate in the near future.

Lauren Adams said:   August 9, 2010 6:06 pm PST
Where to begin? For me, Cannes and the IIACI experience was quite possibly life changing. I was quickly thrown into a world of the fast paced and exciting film industry, a world I had little to no exposure to. I was suddenly surrounded by producers, writers, directors, agents, and actors who were just as happy and excited to meet me as I was them. I attended movie premieres viewing new and exciting work from around the world, as well as gained great experience working at the American Pavilion with 175 interns from all over the country. I felt, as an IIACI Intern, I definitely had the upper hand. I entered Cannes with a built in support group of my fellow IIACI Interns, a group I am proud to have worked along side and excited to remain in close contact with in the future years. I also felt well prepared for the exciting and at some points overwhelming task ahead of me as an intern with the help of Dr. Dill. She helped mentor me prior to my departure as well as helped me set goals for what I planned to accomplish while at the Festival. After 15 days in Cannes, I walked away satisfied with my hard work and accomplishments while at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. I am truly thankful to Dr. Dill and my fellow IIACI Interns for all of their support throughout the entire process!

Ryan J Davis said:   July 28, 2010 6:58 pm PST
Cannes was absolutely incredible. While merely attending the festival is a feat and honor in itself, being able to be part of the process of running the American Pavilion's portion of it was a double blessing. Through my IIACI Cannes experience, I was able to network with such entities as Louisiana Ent. and Film Jefferson, Fransisco Productions, Creative Coalition, and Sag Indie, and I made a number of acquaintances, friends, and music related connections. I also had the pleasure of meeting such individuals as producer Lynette Howell and Director Stephen Frears and attending panel discussions involving the likes of Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Doug Lyman, James Franco, and Ellen Barkin. It was really an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life, and I am so thankful to you, Dr. Dill for advising and allowing me to attend this!!!

Xavier Burgin said:   July 28, 2010 1:04 pm PST
The Cannes experience most definitely opened up an entire level of the filming industry I had never realized was so in-depth and extensive. Working under Dr. Dill allowed me to not only appreciate the aesthetic and technical side of film, but also find relevance within the business element. The IIACI internship guided me through the Cannes Film Festival breaking down the mechanics of how movies are critiqued and sold. It also opened my eyes to the sheer amount of movies being made on a perpetual basis many mainstream audiences are not able to enjoy. Along with this, the mandatory work involved with and after the festival helped me to put my entire trip into perspective. It is an experience I will never forget. If you are interested in enjoying the experience or looking at my work be sure to check out: www.quethelights.com vimeo.com/xay Youtube Channel-Xay90

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