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Rondinella 75

Thomas R. Rondinella, M.F.A.

Professor of Communication

College of Communication and the Arts


Prof. Rondinella has been teaching film and video production at Seton Hall since 1996.

Professor Rondinella teaches full time and is a film and video producer with his own company, Catfish Studios. He has produced five feature films (Unholy, Charming Billy, Morris County,Scrappers and A Good Day For It), directed three features (Blades, A Girls’ Guide… and Scrappers) written three produced screenplays and edited fifteen feature films. In addition, Professor Rondinella produces and directs corporate videos. A current client list includes NJ Chamber of Commerce, American Values Institute, Pierre Frey, WNET/WNYC-NY, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Electronic Device Control, Catholic Charities, The Salesian Brothers, The World Addiction Foundation, the New Jersey Elks Association, Grange Furniture, and many more. He produced and directed the web cooking show, Cooking with Nonna and the public access show, NJ Today with John McKeon. Presently, he is developing the feature film, The Cellar, which he will produce and will direct the short comedy, Communication Breakdown, this fall.

Currently, he is the Program Co-ordinator for the Broadcast and Visual Interactive Media major and advises Pirate Television, the co-curricular student television station.


  • M.F.A., Film Production New York University, 1984
  • B.A., History Seton Hall University, 1981

Academic Distinctions

■ Dark Corner - nominated for five awards at the October 2012 Downbeach Film Festival (Best Comedy Short, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Actor, Best Actress) Winner- Best Director, Best Actress
■ Morris County - “Best of Fest - Honorable Mention” - Boston Underground Film Festival, March 2009.
■ A Relaxing Day - Best Produced Film - 4th Annual Memfest Film Festival, October 2007.
■ Recipient - Archdiocesan Sesquicentennial Cathedral Golden Jubilee Medal. awarded for outstanding commitment to the Archdiocese, 2004.
■ Recipient - “Prime Award for Excellence and Support in Movies and Television” - New Jersey Moviemakers, December 2003.
■ Charming Billy - Best Dramatic Feature - Route 66 Film Festival - 2002; Voted Best Feature, Boston Film Festival - 2000; First Runner-up Best Feature, Northampton Film Festival - 2000; Winner-Best Actor, 13th AFI-L.A. Intl. Film Festival - 1999.
■ Mention of Honor - Blades, Sport for All Section, Sports Movies TV 2001 - 19th International Festival, Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs, 2001.
■ Barriers - Shirley Clarke Artistic Achievement Award, 1998 Huntington International Independent Film Festival.
■ Recipient of a Faculty Excellence award from the Board of Regents, 1997.



Office Phone
(973) 275-5837


Office Location
Room 26
Fahy Hall


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