Mo Ogrodnik is an Associate Professor at the Tisch School of the Arts, Kanbar Institute for Film and Television. She teaches writing, directing, and film production classes with an emphasis on character, visual storytelling, and dramatic structure. She started her film career working on Right Thinking, a documentary about the emergence of the New Right and the KKK for Kevin Rafferty and Michael Moore. She then produced films for National Geographic Television's Explorer Journal, a series that put cameras in the hands of explorers from around the globe and then told their stories. Her first film, Richard and Nicole, won numerous festival awards and sold to WNET. Her first feature film, Ripe, premiered at Toronto, was theatrically released, and continues to be shown on The Sundance Channel. She co-wrote, Uptown Girls, starring Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning that was released by MGM. Her current writing/directing project, Deep Powder Alpine Country Club, is being produced by Killer Films (Boys Don't Cry, I'm Not There, Mildred Pierce) and Ben Howe (Treeless Mountain, The Exploding Girl).