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John Koshel

Associate Professor of Theatre and Film

B.A., Senior Fellowship in Writing and Directing, Hamilton College, Clinton, NYM.F.A., Graduate Institute of Film & Television, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University


John began his career directing (DBS) direct-broadcast satellite television programming, and in film working for director Bob Downey while prepping east-coast dailies for the feature film, Flashdance.

Through the NBC News Archives, John produced archival restorations of original television broadcasts including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the Nixon-Watergate hearings. Over the years, John has helped research and select archival imagery for many television programs and feature films; documentaries including Eyes on the Prize and the award-winning, Dear America, Letters Home from Vietnam. In addition, John has supported program development for the Biography series and has managed research of archival imagery to support NBC Nightly News, Specials and Saturday Night Live broadcasts.

Work in motion pictures, film, television, and media production today involves digital asset management requiring skills in writing, reviewing and evaluating images and sounds with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, historical and cultural considerations.  It has been said that archivists have the final say writing history. John enjoys teaching cinema history and production at LIU-Post, and preserving both in his extra-curricular work.


Motion Picture History and Production, Moving Image Archives


  • Author, “Review: 'The Prize,'” published in The Amicus Journal (1993)


  • Researcher and Archivist, NBC News Film & Video Archives
  • Research, review, select and restore historical film and tape for daily broadcast on programs including "NBC Nightly News," "Today" and "Dateline." Consulted on new computer software development and operational deployment for image, sound and text input and retrieval for NBC programming & digital projects.
  • Archivist, feature motion pictures including Oliver Stone's films, "Nixon" and "Born on the 4th of July"
  • Associate Producer: "As it Happened: The JFK Assassination," NBC News Productions, broadcast on PBS (1993)
  • Program Development, NBC News Productions (1991-1993)
  • Developed new archives-based programming including Biography, Mobsters and Famous Hollywood Mysteries
  • Director, "The Still Alarm," Flying Pictures, Inc. (1986)
  • Awards: Centre De Creation Artistique, Mons (Belgium), and Prix du Public & Special Prize for Humour, Cine Eagle
  • Assistant Editor, "Flashdance," Paramount Productions, Inc. (1983)
  • Academy Award Nominee—Best Editing