Harry Winer

Visiting Assistant Arts Professor

Photo of Professor Harry Winer.

Harry Winer is a director, producer and writer with over 30 years of experience in film and television. (http://harrywinerdirector.comhttps://pro-labs.imdb.com/name/nm0934863/?ref_=sch_int) He directed the motion pictures SPACECAMP, RIOT and DAMAGED CARE. In addition, he has directed, produced and/or written over 25 films, miniseries and television pilots and created over 60 hours of series television. He has worked with some of the leading talents in motion picture industry such as Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Joaquin Phoenix, Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Williams, Jim Carrey and Laura Dern.

One of Winer’s goals as a producer is to help groom emerging talent. In 2013 he signed on to head the Masters of Fine Arts Directing Program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he mentored directing candidates for the MFA program in motion pictures and television. He designed a directing program for their online Motion Picture and Television department that became the template for their onsite curriculum.

In addition, Winer created a scholarship fund to honor his parents at his alma mater, the University of Michigan Screen Arts and Culture Department, to provide opportunities for aspiring film-makers.

In the Fall of 2015 Winer came to New York University as a Visiting Arts Professor in the Undergraduate Film and Television Department where he intended to continue his goal of paying it forward – sharing his experience with the next generation of story-tellers and film-makers.

Winer is President of SMASH MEDIA, INC., which produces motion pictures and films for television. (http://smashmediafilms.com) In 2013 Winer’s company produced the international co-production THE EXPATRIATE (aka ERASED), starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko. In 2015 Winer produced through Smash Media the television film, PERFECT MATCH for Hallmark. In 2017 Winer is producing the motion picture THE DOORMAN to be directed by renowned Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura as well as a movie for television based on the novel A BRAMBLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS. In addition to several theatrical and television films in development, Winer is directing and producing THE RECKONING - a feature length documentary on climate change and climate justice.

Mr. Winer’s work has garnered Emmy Awards, Golden Globes and a Christopher Award.  His films have premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival. He is affiliated with DGA and WGA, was a national delegate to DGA conventions and served on the DGA Creative Rights committee. He is on the Executive Board of the Student Voice Project, the Liberty Hill Foundation, Justice Action Mobilization Network and NOJO (New Orleans Jazz Orchestra)  

Winer received his MFA at the University of Southern California School of Cinema and an AFI Director’s Internship Scholarship. He is married to Shelley Hack. Their daughter, Devon Rose Winer, is a recent graduate of Columbia University in the field of sustainable development. She works for the Clinton Global Initiative.