SWAN Faculty

Today's student needs both theory and practice. Our faculty have the experience needed to give them both.

Our program's faculty bring years of experience in both education and industry to students. As artists, professionals and educators, we know that our students need both a strong sense of where film & animation have been and a well-rounded set of professional skills.

HeadshotKeith Mehlinger, MFA

Keith Mehlinger is an associate professor of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University and director of the Screenwriting and Animation Program (SWAN). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley and the M.F.A. in Cinema/TV (Screenwriting) from the UCLA Film School. Mehlinger has over twenty years of on-going successful experience as a documentary and corporate video producer in Los Angeles. As writer and director, he expanded the division client base, and also produced multiple episodes of the syndicated series, Story of a People, The Morehouse Men, and African Americans: An Amazing Century.

He is currently working on a documentary about African Americans in the Korean War, and has begun pre-production on a documentary about Morgan Park, a famous African American community in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sample Work: Excerpt "Carry the Torch" from MSU Screenwriting and Animation on Vimeo.

MK Asante Jr., MFA

Asante is a tenured professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University. He is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, rapper, and professor who CNN called "a master storyteller and major creative force." Asante is the author of four books, including Buck: A memoir which made the Washington Post bestseller list in 2014 and 2015 and is a NAACP Image Award finalist.

Asante studied at the University of London, earned a B.A. from Lafayette College, and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. He is a Sundance Feature Film Fellow for the movie adaptation of Buck. He directed the prize-winning Starz TV documentary The Black Candle and wrote/produced 500 Years Later, winner of five international film festival awards.

David W. Warfield, MFA

David WarfieldProfessor David Warfield is a Maryland native with broad experience in the film industry, including many years working in Los Angeles as a producer and screenwriter. He wrote and directed the indie feature film Rows, which was released in September, 2015. He wrote and co-produced the feature Linewatch, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., which was released by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2008. He is currently in pre-production on a film about Bert Williams, the remarkable black entertainer who smashed the Broadway color barrier in the early 1900's. He has worked with a number of notable writers and directors, including David Lynch, David Fincher, John Dahl, Callie Khouri, and Dom Sena. He served as V.P. of Production at Propaganda Films in Hollywood, and has been a member of the WGAW since 1990.
David Warfield was a producing Fellow at the American Film Institute in Hollywood, and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA. He served as an advisor to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in Prague, Czech Republic. As a member of the SWAN faculty, Professor Warfield teaches filmmaking, screenwriting, and cinematic storytelling, encompassing film theory, history, and applied skills in screenwriting and film production.

Sample Work: ROWS - Official Trailer from David W Warfield on Vimeo.

Dale Beran

Dale Beran

Dale Beran is a writer and artist living in Baltimore, MD. His most recent book is It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office (All Points Books, July 2019).