Meet the Staff
GRANT RICHARDS (Professor / Program Lead)
Grant Richards has always had a deep fascination of movies. He started in the industry by writing film and television scripts. However, as much as he loved to write, it was not enough; he had a strong desire to make movies. That is why he took the next step and became an independent filmmaker. Grant’s first film was a feature-length documentary entitled A Woman’s Place in the World. His next feature-length film was a romantic comedy called It’ll Happen about his dating nightmares. His next feature was a thriller called Spyware, and his last feature was a horror called Death Pact. Grant has made over 50 short films, some of which include Grown-ups, Dark Ninja, Dana’s Dreams, Mischief, Riding the Crimson Wave, Insectors, Alone, A Bad Day, The Rendezvous, The Elevator Diaries, The Genre Experiment, The Chase, In a Parked Car, The Fight, The Debate, and Up Up and Away.
In addition to making films, Grant teaches film history and film production at Gavilan College. He teaches a wide variety of film classes, including Film and Fiction, Introduction to the Cinema, American Cinema, Approaches to Modern Cinema, International Cinema, Screenplay Writing, TV History, Film Production, Audio Production, and Digital Editing and Special Effects. Grant is also the head of the Film & TV Program at the college.
TIM AHLIN (Professor)
Tim Ahlin is a video production instructor at Gavilan College, and he's a Media/Content Expert who has been working in the Film/Television industry for over 14 years. He received his AA from Gavilan Community College and then transfered to and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Film, Televsion, and New Media. Tim has a background in live television news broadcast, is a certified Digital Signage and Content Expert (DSEG), and has worked in this area for over 10 years. He is the Production Manager at the OMG Group, a marketing and branding firm in Monterey CA.
JERONIMO GARCIA (Technical Lead)
Jeronimo is the Lead Technician at the Gavilan College TV Studio. He graduated from Gavilan College in 2014 with certifications in video editing and Digital Media. He assists in any classes or projects taking place inside the TV Studio and is in charge of checking out equipment to students and staff. His background includes years of experience as a cinematographer and video editor. He has worked for The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas CA, as a videographer and journalist filming and archiving their events. Prior to that he was working for Gradient Films, a private company that specializes in filming weddings. He has also been a Video Leader for the STAR program where he taught kids how to shoot and edit their own films. Jeronimo is also well versed in audio production and can help students with their voice over recordings, podcasts, and any other type of audio recording.
ANITA REYES (Professor)
Anita Reyes has extensive experience both on stage and in film. She performed on The Disney Magic for Disney Cruise Lines, she opened for Brian Setzer’s Band at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, and she was the National Anthem Soloist for the Giants. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York, received her B.F.A. from The New School University, and her M.F.A. from New York University. She is the Founder of The Newyorkettes, an entertainment group that has been reviewed by Acappella News, Sports Illustrated, and most notably, The New York Times. The Newyorkettes have graced the stages of the ING New York City Marathon, U.S. Ironman Championship, Times Square Studios for Disney, and sang on the field at Shea Stadium for the New York Mets. She is a field producer for The Carmel International Film Festival. She is an active board member for HARA Motion Picture Conservatory, a youth mentorship film academy that serves underrepresented communities of Salinas and Monterrey. She is a proud company member of El Teatro Campesino, having worked on the touring production of Zoot Suit as well as countless notable ETC productions.
ALEXANDER THOMSON (Guest Cinematographer)
Alexander got his start as a light board operator for North American Theatre Technology when he was 13-years-old. Since then, he's transitioned from theatrical lighting to cinematography, and within the past has DP'd over 40 short films. He was a former student of Grant Richards before earning his Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Santa Cruz. After three years with the Del Grande Dealer Group, he started his own production company “Thomson Visuals” to offer high quality corporate cinematography to startups from the Bay to LA.