ERIC SWINDERMAN / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / INSTRUCTOR
Eric is an Emmy nominated, award-winning writer, director and producer from Lakewood, Ohio. He has worked for NBC, ABC and with his film production company Anhedonia Pictures where he has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
His relationships in the film and television industry have afforded him the opportunity to create Young Filmmakers Academy, a place of learning, inclusion and inspiration for hundreds of kids and teens in northeastern Ohio.
HORTENCIA SWINDERMAN / ADMINISTRATOR
Born in Morelia, Mexico, Hortencia is the embodiment of the American dream. A successful entrepreneur and Real Estate Agent, she also serves as the administrator and resident "den mother" to all of LYFA's past and present students.
She is often the first voice the parents hear or first face they see when a new student joins the academy, her warm smile and positive demeanor setting the tone for their journey.
LEE MCLAUGHLIN / FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR
Lee joined LYFA as a counselor in 2018, serving as a mentor for the students and as Prop Master, Set Dresser, and Wardrobe for productions within the academy, teaching the children how to make truly spectacular practical effects on a less than spectacular budget.
Lee grew up with a Non-Profit organization in the Cleveland Area known as BayArts, an art gallery and school founded by his grandmother Sally Price. Providing children with a way to find their passion has been a cornerstone in his upbringing.
With each passing year, Lee strives to make LYFA bigger and better. He has dedicated himself to the organization’s financial and artistic growth.
PATRICK ANTONE / FILM PRODUCTION INSTRUCTOR
Patrick is a talented freelance cinematographer, actor, and director and has served as an instructor for LYFA since 2017, focusing on camera work, lighting and sound. Patrick has combined decades of experience to become a technical wizard that can articulate complex ideas and concepts to his students.
JEFFREY LANGE / SCREENWRITING INSTRUCTOR
Jeffrey has worked with LYFA the past four years, serving as a screenwriting instructor and mentor. He is a founding member of Cleveland-based alternative sketch comedy group, Aldous Mustache and a regular crew member on major Hollywood film productions such as The Fast and the Furious and Captain America
TODD KLECKNER / POST PRODUCTION INSTRUCTOR
Todd is a 3 time Emmy award winner for post production at WEWS News Cleveland where he has been Multimedia Producer for 22 years. he has worked on feature films as Renegade Force and productions such as The Drew Carey Show.
MARK HAMER / POST PRODUCTION INSTRUCTOR
Mark Andrew Hamer is an Emmy and Gold Telly winning filmmaker in Cleveland, Ohio. He specializes in documentary and narrative storytelling, and is currently the Vice President and Creative Director at Garage Creative Studios. His work can be seen on features like GFunk, Enormity of Life, and I See You. Most recently he wrote, directed, and produced the feature thriller, The Hunting, which is being distributed worldwide.