Our fearless leaders...past and present.


Lead Instructor - Young/Teen Filmmakers

Huey has been making films on artists, education, the environment, and Maine for 35 years.  His films have been shown at film festivals throughout the US, on PBS, and on television in Europe.  His film In Good Time, The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland, won best documentary at the Garden State Film Festival and was shown at the Maine International Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival, Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, and Seattle Jazz Festival.  His film Wilderness and Spirit, A Mountain Called Katahdin was screened at the Environmental Film Festival, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.  

He is a recipient of a fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission and is a member of the Maine Touring Artists program and the New Hampshire Arts in Education Program.  He is the recipient of the first “Huey” award from the Maine Film Commission, named after Huey and given to an individual who exhibits “Exceptional contributions in film and education in Maine.”   He is a founder of the Maine Student Film and Video Festival.  He has been a teaching artist in over 150 schools in New England and currently is an adjunct instructor in Communications and New Media, Southern Maine Community College. 

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Joe Kidawski
Lead Instructor - Teen Actors

Joe is very passionate about theater and film and spent has spent his life performing as much as he can. He has a BFA in performing arts with a concentration in acting and directing and three years teaching experience at the college level teaching an intro to theater class for non majors. He has also taught guitar and acting classes for kids ages 6-14 at the Apollinaire theater in Chelsea, where he is the resident fight choreographer, as well as a stage hand, a carpenter and a member of the creative team.

He has several film credits in the professional, corporate, indie and student realm, as well as a healthy theater background. He LOVES teaching, is passionate about working with kids of all ages and abilities, and is very excited to be apart of the Film Academy family!



Erik Moody
Lead Instructor - Teen Actors

Erik Moody is a Portland, Maine based actor (film, stage, web-series, commercial), voice-actor (film, television, audiobooks, commercial), musician, and educator. 

His teaching experience ranges from pre-k through high school age students, with a primary focus on actor training and coaching from ages 13 through 18.  In addition to working with the Academy, Erik has worked for the University of Southern Maine's Theater Academy and STAGES: The Performing Arts Academy for Kids. 


Troy Lanier
Lead Instructor, Teen Filmmakers

Troy Lanier is the co-author of the award winning "Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts" which Publisher's Weekly calls a "helpful crash course" in filmmaking. He has also written for MovieMaker magazine and Microfilmaker.com.

As a filmmaking teacher at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, the student body recently awarded him "Teacher of the Year". He has judged the youth filmmaking competition for the SXSW film festival, moderated panels for the Austin Film Festival and taught at summer filmmaking camps for teens. Mr. Lanier's production company, DadLabs, recently sold its first title to Monterey Media for national distribution. A father of two, Mr. Lanier spends a lot of time at soccer practice.


Leslie Fleming-Mitchell
Lead Instructor - Teen Actors

Leslie has worked extensively both in front of and behind the camera and has many film and television credits, including a lead role in Kihachi Okamoto’s award-winning film, East Meets West. She worked as assistant director and casting director on independent features, including The Mad Songs Of Fernanda Hussein, recipient of the Rosa Luxembourg award, as well as film coach for actors preparing for film and television roles.

She is on the faculty at the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory in Los Angeles and has also been teaching the Young Actors program at the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine since 2002. Leslie has lived all over the world, from the United States to Europe to Africa and now lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.


Doug Gordon
Lead Instructor, Teen Filmmakers

Douglas Gordon is a Boston-based director/cinematographer whose work includes narrative, commercial and documentary projects. Doug's films have screened at numerous film festivals, and he has shot throughout the United States, as well as in South China and India. He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.F.A. in Film Production from Boston University.

Doug has taught film and digital production for the New York Film Academy, Cambridge Community Television, Massachusetts College of Art and has held the position of Adjunct Professor at Boston University for several years.