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Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

Gail Segal*

Gail Segal*
Associate Arts Professor

Phone: 212 998 1764
Website: Gail Segal

Office: 721 Broadway, Room 1009
Office Hours: By Appointment


1st year: Silent Film Aesthetics
2nd year: Film Style
3rd year: Aesthetics: Narrative Film Style
Aesthetics: Genre & Script Analysis


B.A. in Politics Wake Forest University
Graduate Studies in Film and TV UNC Chapel Hill
MFA in Creative Writing Warren Wilson College


Gail Segal is a poet and filmmaker. A passion for documentary stirred in graduate school expanded to large format films working with renowned IMAX directors, Francis Thompson and Bayley Silleck in New York City. Subsequence film experience has included the Peabody Award winning film, Arguing the World (Co-Producer), the feature length documentary, Five Wives Three Secretaries and Me (Story Editor and Assoc. Producer), and a 15-part television series, The Shakespeare Hour, hosted by Walter Matthau (Assoc. Producer). Her most recent films include a narrative short, Filigrane, set in the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert, and two documentary shorts, Meanwhile, in Turkey, and Soapy – both celebrating work done by hand. Published writing includes an essay, “A Praise of Doubt,” anthologized in the book entitled, Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts and two books of poetry: In Gravity's Pull (2002) and The Discreet Charm of Prime Numbers (2013). Translations of Italian poet, Alfredo de Palchi appear in his book length collected works, Paradigm and in the FSG Book of Twentieth Century Italian Poetry. She initiated a documentary practicum for The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and served as Interim Chair of the Grad Division of Film and TV from 1998 to 2000. At present, she is the Department Head of Interdisciplinary Collaborations, the Film Area Head in the Department of Design for Stage and Film and the Tisch School of the Arts liaison for NYU’s Global Network University. She is currently developing a narrative feature project set in the Deep South and is completing a book of essays about film entitled: Dramatic Effects: with a movie camera.