Mixing SALESI at MELE Program with Jala Adolphus and Garin Nugroho

George teaches production, editing, post sound and critical studies courses at the Academy for Creative Media at UH Mānoa.

George attended the graduate film program at Boston University, and received an MFA from the American Film Institute Conservatory. George had an extensive professional career in digital media production as an Avid editor and Apple Certified Trainer. George has directed/edited numerous promos and broadcast commercials for MGM Grand and Wynn Resorts, edited comedy skits aired on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC and Bravo Network, and designed motion graphics for The Billboard Music Awards. He collaborated in media campaigns with national advertising agencies such as Cramer-Krasselt, Korey Kay, Schadler Kramer and Young & Rubicam. Many narrative shorts and documentaries he worked on were awarded and exhibited in major film festivals worldwide, including SALESI, a short film directed by internationally acclaimed filmmakers Vilsoni Hereniko and Garin Nugroho (Indonesia).

Honors include Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Best of Competition Award, BEA Awards of Excellence, BEA Research Paper Prizes, University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Paper Prize, and National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE) Faculty Development Grant.

George was named faculty fellow by NAPTE and the Television Academy, and served as American Pavilion Faculty Mentor at Cannes Film Festival (France), jury committee member for the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF, Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival), chair of the BEA Festival of Media Arts Faculty Video Competition, and jury chairperson of Netpac Award at the Busan International Film Festival (Korea), Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Korea), and Taipei Golden Horse International Film Festival (Taiwan).

George taught editing and sound courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as the film department’s first tenure-track faculty specializing in post production. George also taught at The University of Hong Kong‘s School of Modern Languages and Cultures as a Fulbright Visiting Associate Professor, where he lectured film studies courses at the American Studies Programme, and co-organized the 6th American Studies Fulbright Conference.

George writes extensively and has published internationally in Asia, Europe and in the United States. His research focuses on the life and works of King Hu, the cinematic titan who revolutionized the martial arts/wuxia genre. His articles and reviews appear in Asian Cinema journal, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Journal of Film and Video and Journal of Media Education, etc. He co-edited Asian Cinema journal’s special issue Cinematic Currents Between China and the United States (with Tim Gruenewald). For the King Hu Retrospective at the 15th Far East Film Festival (Udine, Italy), George co-edited  King Hu in His Own Words (with editor Roger Garcia), the first English language publication of King Hu’s writings.