Ingrid Stobbe, Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking at Lesley University and Board Member of Women in Film and Video New England, is a 2020 recipient of the University Film and Video Association’s Award of Teaching Excellence.

She received the award for Junior Faculty member at the 2020 University Film and Video Association Conference on Tuesday, July 28th. The conference is an international annual gathering of filmmaking professors from around the world. During the weeklong event, attendees participate in workshops, screen films, engage in panel discussions, and create shared spaces for evolving media pedagogy. UFVA is the largest and longest running organization of filmmaking educators in the world, and members stem from all areas related to filmmaking.

Presenting the award on Tuesday, the UFVA selection committee said that the honor was “in recognition of professor Stobbe’s emphasis on rigor, thoroughness, thoughtfulness of materials and teaching philosophy, and work toward inclusive teaching and active learning.”

Stobbe is a 2012 MFA graduate of Emerson College, and joined Lesley University’s Digital Filmmaking program in the fall of 2019. She has previously taught at William Paterson University as well as Seton Hall University. She is also an independent media artist and author, whose multi-media work has been published, screened, and exhibited internationally. Her teaching philosophy extends beyond classroom skillsets, and she often speaks at various institutions on the changing media landscape, and creating professional development bridges for students within that sphere. Fittingly, she presented on “Building the Effective Professional Development Workshop for Students” at the conference, shortly prior to the awards ceremony.

On receiving the honor, Stobbe remarked “This is a particularly touching year to accept this award, as for obvious reasons many of us found ourselves adapting to a new way of educating and engaging with students. To have worked that hard, as everyone at Lesley did, to try to maintain the degree of learning students experience face-to-face, and to have that work acknowledged by peers – it’s honestly a bit emotional. Especially after moving to a different city last fall, and having just joined this community! This is really special, I’m super appreciative and really grateful to everyone at UFVA, at Lesley, and obviously my amazing students who make it so easy to have fun and explore new ways of making creative work.”




Matthew Nash’s latest project has serious quarantine vibes.

Picture this, if you can: A group of people are stuck in a house, isolated for months on end. The seasons change. The conversations stale. Everyone starts to go stir crazy, but there’s no way out.

Sounds a lot like #pandemiclife, but it’s also the premise of Professor Matthew Nash’s new horror film “Walk Away.” 

Lesley University has published a great article about the new film “Walk Away,” co-created by Film Chair Matthew Nash, working with a cast & crew that includes many LA+D Film faculty, students and alumni.

The film is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Read the full article here.