Jillann Hertel, MFA
Creative Director, School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Jillann Hertel earned her MFA in Art Criticism and Writing focusing on Media and Culture from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and a BA degree in English focusing in Film and Media Studies from the University of Florida. She joined the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) at Georgia Tech after 15+ years in arts and program development as well as music and documentary film production. Hertel served as Curator & Director of Programming for the Brooklyn Lyceum, a three-floor arts center housing: music, film, performance, fine arts, and festivals. Her studio experience primarily includes: photography, music, and video production. She teaches an Art of the Industry course for graduating seniors in LMC and she oversees the promotion and unification for our arts and cultural initiatives through outward-facing materials.
As Creative Director, she is working to strengthen LMC's role via the cultivation and promotion of our rich Hands-On-Humanities offerings. She communicates LMC as the place to learn, interpret, and analyze new and traditional texts while creating new content from writing to design to programming that engages the latest in technology. Our emphasis on science and technology in connection with the humanities is what makes LMC stand out from any other liberal arts school in the nation. Hands-On-Humanities are found in nearly every classroom in LMC’s curriculum. We make sure that students have both the knowledge and the tactile experiences to leverage in the ever-evolving career landscape.
Jillann founded and developed an innovative creative lab in the humanities set to open to the School of Literature, Media, and Communication in Fall 2016. This career-focused hub will expand student projects from the classroom to the real world. Students will build their skills, portfolios, and professional materials by engaging with outward-facing client-based work as well as actively participating in critiques and attending career counseling sessions.
John Thornton, MFA
Video Production Coordinator, School of Literature, Media, and Communication
My life, my reading, everything about me revolves around the cinema [...] for me cinema is life and vice versa - Sergio Leone
I work in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication as the Video Production Coordinator. I have an M.F.A. in Film from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a B.A. in English from Clark Atlanta University. My work as an independent filmmaker and freelance cinematographer reflects anomalistic stories of strength triumphing over adversity, where the characters compel the audience to reflect, or the story encourages the audience to act. I have been blessed to work with clients like ABC Family, TLC, HGTV, AXS TV, Meddin Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, and Broadcast Management Group on several projects, including "Crackerjack," "AXSLive TV," "Toddlers and Tiaras," "Lights! Camera! Christmas ," "Million Dollar Arm," and "Yahoo LIVE."
I am the faculty advisor for Buzz Studios, an organization dedicated to offering Tech students an opportunity to create independent films, and I serve as a Board Member for the ATL WebFest, an interactive festival designed to connect the film, business, and technology communities in a way that will spark showcase the talent and innovation that the southeast has to offer. My primary goal at Georgia Tech is to help students discover the art of visual storytelling while developing a mastery for creating compelling and emotionally powerful moving images; however, I am also here to serve and assist the IAC, GT, and local communities through film/video production services. More about John Thornton...
LMC also houses several cultural/arts initiatives in the form of faculty-advised programs and official GT organizations.
Learn about each of LMC’s arts & cultural initiatives by visiting their websites: