CCTV Class Instructors

CCTV Class Instructors

Below you can find short biographies on some of our CCTV instructors.

Cory Blamire desribes himself as the last remaining samurai. This warrior will not rest until all who want to know the joys of character generation, from alpha-tweaking to timecode-synced event sequencing, know. Blamire humbly serves in the Beginning CG, and for those who have proven worthy disciples, Advanced Studio Graphics classes. A fraction of all proceeds spent on these honorable courses from membership vouchers go toward the purchase of a shiny samurai sword for Corey to call his own.

Paige Davis is a Graphic Designer living in Arlington, Massachusetts. She spent five years as a children's book designer before opening her own design studio in 2002. Her business, Fish Tank Media, represents businesses large and small creating websites, books, brochures, catalogs, and more. Paige is currently employed as a Graphic Designer at a non-profit organization in downtown Boston.

Chris Fitzgerald is an avid Macintosh owner and user. In addition to working at CCTV, he is a student and music software tutor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Doug Gordon is a Boston-based filmmaker whose credits include narrative and documentary films, as well as music videos. These projects have allowed Doug to work throughout the US and overseas, including South China. He has also been employed by such companies as Digital Domain in Los Angeles and Handheld Films in Manhattan. As a writer/director, Doug Gordon's film "Sully" was an official selection of the Redstone Film Festival, received the Fleder/Rosenberg award for Best Short Screenplay and has been featured on multiple television programs. In addition to teaching at CCTV, Doug divides his time between Rule Broadcast Systems and Boston University, where he is a Film Production Instructor. Doug received his B.A. in History/Communications at UNC-Chapel Hill, and an M.F.A. in Film Production from Boston University.

Janis Hellew, M. Ed., has ten years experience providing training, technical support, and network management in a variety of settings. She has worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a network manager, and the National Resource Center in Harrisburg PA where she was a consultant for She is the current owner of PC Guru Computer Tutor. Janis has conducted trainings at national and statewide conferences, and has presented at the National Governors conference in Boston. She has taught workshops in Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburg and DC. She enjoys teaching adults and has the philosophy that adults want to learn today what they can use tomorrow. She designs her classes so that students can get learn practical skills quickly and have fun doing it! She currently teaches in the Boston and South Shore area.

Judi Kelemen has been teaching all aspects of video production for 15 years and has been teaching Final Cut Pro editing for 3 years. It's a great program and she enjoys helping people learn it. Judi currently works full-time as the Station Manager and Public Access Coordinator at NewTV, Newton's non-profit community television station. She has also worked as a trainer and coordinator at stations in Peabody, Lexington, Bedford, Lowell, and Malden. In addition to working as an FCP freelance trainer, Judi works on local independent films and documentaries, and has a background in photojournalism.

Lauren Kroiz is a Ph.D. student at MIT in the History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture Department. She's a Production intern who loves CCTV very much.

Kris Britt Montag owns a Boston-based business called silente media, and works primarily as a freelance video editor and web developer. She has previously worked as a staff video editor for the International Film & Digital Video Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Kris received an M.A. in Documentary Video from Emerson College and has taught at Emerson College as a lab instructor. Current projects include "Packrat," an independent documentary she directed and produced. "Packrat" has screened most recently at the 2004 Northampton Independent Film Festival and is distributed by Fanlight Productions.

Peter Pizzi is an Independent Filmmaker and Photographer. He is a native of Boston. His short films and photographs have been featured in festivals and art galleries around the country. In 1999 he formed the Production Company Magic Club Films. He prides himself in making quality work on a shoestring budget. More information about him and his work can be found at

Garabed Setrakian has an intensive background in Communications from Montreal's Concordia University, as well as a diploma in Advertising and Public Relations from Grant McEwan Community College of Edmonton, Canada. Garabed began his professional career as an advertising director and productions manager for firms across Western and Eastern Canada. In Montreal, he developed a fascination with event planning for community arts and has since assisted in several productions for fundraising for the arts and social awareness in the Plateau area of Montreal. Since 1999, Garabed has contracted commercial work for small businesses and corporations around New England. In addition to commercial work, Garabed continues creatvie projects on the side with numerous local New England artists and entertainers. Garabed joined CCTV as an editing intern and instructor in the summer of 2000. In 2002, he received CCTV's "Rudy Award" for service above and beyond the call of duty, and the following year he received CCTV's "Teacher of the Year" award.

Carl Thien is a Macromedia certified Dreamweaver Developer and Flash Designer with diverse interests and a passion for the web. Whether spinning discs on WZBC (Gulls Window Circus), climbing mountains in NH or working on the music review site, Carl puts his all into the task. A longtime Cambridge resident with dedication to the ideals on CCTV and his Dreamweaver and Flash students, this trainer will help you learn those programs you have been itching to use.

John Warren has worked in the editorial departments for projects shown on PBS, Discovery Channel, the Independent Film Channel. He has also acted as a director, producer, cinematographer, and editor on a dozen independent short films that have screened at festivals around the country.

Tim Wright is an award-winning documentary filmmaker (New England Film/Video Festival, U.S. 8mm Film/Video Festival) and founder of Blinktank, a collective of media producers and analysts. He has been a teacher of media production and media literacy at fugitive youth and adult education venues throughout New England for twenty years. He is currently directing the documentary "Plastic: Credit Cards and the Culture of Debt" with funding from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.