About Cyndi

cyndigreeningsm.jpgCyndi Greening is a filmmaker, teacher and writer. In 2006, she took a 14-member student crew to Zambia, Africa to support their classmate, Jabbes, in directing the first dramatic narrative feature film in that country and a documentary about the cultural exchange and production process. Greening and co-producer Pamela Jo Bowman are currently developing another African film project and an historical feature.

Additionally, Greening has been teaching digital filmmaking, 3D animation, graphic design, photoshop, illustrator and flash at the college level since 1987. Greening has consulted and trained onsite for dozens of production companies, printing companies, advertising agencies and corporations in the Southwest. She has taught thousands of students and assisted them in successfully entering the industry. Industry professionals also enroll in her courses to enhance their skills in creative and production skills. Greening recently completed a tutorial textbook on Photoshop CS and the subsequent edition for CS2.


  • Cyndi-

    I met you a few years ago when you did a workshop for high school video production teachers at Arcadia High School. I now oversee the Career and Technical Education programs for Higley Unified School District and am looking for individuals to serve on our video production advisory committee. We would love your participation, but understand how busy you are. If you know of anyone else who is interested in participating, please let me know.

    Thank you so much!
    Marlo Loria
    Career & Technical Education Manager
    Higley Unified School District

  • The clips I have watched are very interesting, were would I be able to purchase a copy of Bad Timing or Hushed Voices?

  • The films are being finalized now … I’ll let you know as soon as they’re available on DVD.

  • Hey Cyndi,

    I am a freshman at Purdue University and I spoke to you breifly during the Siggraph banquet.

    I am looking into some tutorials for MAYA but I can’t find any helpful ones for a begginner like myself. I pretty much just need to know what all the buttons do and where they are.

    Can you help me?


  • I thought the site http://www.rootclip.com might be an interesting story for your blog. It’s a do-it-yourself filmmaking website where the users work together to make a film.

    Basically, we create a short video clip or “Rootclip” to start the story. Amateur filmmakers watch our video, then shoot their own rendition of what should happen next in less than 2 minutes. The result is an entire short film made by amateur filmmakers. We think it’s pretty exciting.

    Our last film actually debuted at the Travese City Film Festival, so the results are surprisingly entertaining.

    I don’t know if this kind of thing is interesting to your readers, but I find that most people involved with film and video production love what we are doing. Maybe you can help us get the word out?

    Thanks for your time, and I hope to speak with you soon.

  • Hey Cyndi!
    It was so cool to meet you and talk with you last Friday at Mama Java’s. I really enjoyed talking with you about documentaries and would love to be able to pick your brain some more. Email me and I will send you the first ten pages of my script. Talk to you soon.

  • Hello Cyndi,

    My name is Patrick Stafford and I thought you might like to see this.


    It’s a list of the top 25 music themed films done by a blogger attending film school. It’s a pretty interesting list and there are some that I have never even heard of that sound awesome.
    Each film has synopses and links. You can even watch number one online.

    I am curious about what you think of the list? Which ones to you agree with and which ones do you think ought not be there? Which films would you replace them with?

    Here is the list:
    1) Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)
    2) Lets Get Lost (1988)
    3) Stop Making Sense (1984)
    4) The Last Waltz (1979)
    5) The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
    6) The Blues Brothers (1980)
    7) Woodstock (1970)
    8) The Wall (1982)
    9) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
    10) Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986)
    11) Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
    12) 24-Hour Party People (2002)
    13) Bird (1988)
    14) Quadrophenia (1979)
    15) Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    16) Performance (1970)
    17) Pump up the Volume (1990)
    18) What we do is Secret (2007)
    19) Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
    20) Kill Your Idols (2004)
    21) Velvet Goldmine (1998)
    22) Wild Zero (2000)
    23) Heavy Metal (1981)
    24) Flash Gorgon (1980)
    25) Dogs in Space (1987)

    Enjoy. And I hope I am not being a bother.


  • Hey Cindi!

    Wondering if you’ve had a chance to check out our site? It’s pretty cool, and right up your alley, I should think :)




  • Hi Cyndi,

    I am a Zambian based in Frisco Texas and accidentally came across your website. I am particularly interested in the project you under too in Zambia – Bad Timing – and surely appreciate if you could direct to were I could get a copy of the narrative movie.

  • Cyndi,
    Haven’t heard anything from you in a long while. Just wondering how you are doing.
    Dave Cornelius
    Stardust Journalism Program
    Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
    Arizona State University

  • Dear Cyndi:
    We are still looking for an Asst. Clinical Professor in animation at Purdue University. The candidate should have industry experience, be able to teach Maya and 3D modeling, initiate industry relationships with the department, lead the SIGGRAPH student group, help with portfolios, and work on the vision of the curriculum. The candidate does not have to write grants, publish in scholarly journals, or have a Ph.D. We do need a Master’s Degree. Got any more leads?

    Wish it was you. Wish it was you. Wish it was you… La Verne

  • Hi Cyndi,

    I am the Executive Producer of a feature film called The Graduates, a coming-of-age comedy. Our film is opening this weekend at The Astoria Beer Garden, in NYC. I wanted to invite you to come out, and to put this on your radar because we’re opening in a bunch of cities over the next few months, and releasing online and on DVD at the same time. Also, Robin Williams’ son Zak makes his feature film debut in The Graduates. Is it cool if I send you some info about the film and our opening?

    We’re self-distributing, for the most part, so we’re doing a lot of cool things with social media, alternative venues, viral marketing, etc. and I think fans of indie film and indie filmmakers would find it pretty cool and informative.

    Matthew Gielen
    Exec Prod
    The Graduates

  • Hey Cindi doubt you remember me from 2001-2003 at MCC but I just wanted to say hello. I didn’t see what happened till last year, what a load of #$%@. Well anyway I’m doing this and that and went back for web development after some things in life.

    I’m on blogspot and her is an example of what a great teacher you are.


    Thank you

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  • Hi Cyndi,

    Remember me?

    I’ve kept up with you off and on over the years, and thanks for the mentions you made of me and my work.

    I’m still in New York, still writing, and wanted to let you know about my new book on documentary filmmakers, Documentary Superstars: How They Are Re-Inventing the Form.

    Interviews with cool folks like Morgand Spurlock, Albert Maysles, Werner Herzog and some not so familiar names.

    I’ll try to attach a flyer, but who knows if it will fly.

    Take care, and be in touch if you are on the East Coast. or even if not.

    Marsha McCreadie

    one-time film critic Arizona Republic

  • Cyndi,

    I took several of your classes at MCC with Becky, and because of you, I have discovered a creative side of me I never knew existed. Thank you.

    It sounds like you are doing well and are happy. I’m excited for you.

    I’m contacting you because I am up to my eyebrows in a mystery that may be right up your alley. It involves Medicaid Fraud and Munchausen by Proxie. I can provide every bit of the details (full discloser), I just need someone who can help me turn it into a manuscript or screenplay. Its real, and one way or another it is about to be blown wide open.

    Hope to hear from you soon.


  • We just launched the official trailer for One Too Many Mornings: a feature comedy that’s premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. See the trailer @ http://www.onetoomanymornings.com/

    It’s a busy time for us, but we’re really happy to talk to anyone and everyone about any questions they have about our film and our hybrid release. Right this second, you can pre-order the limited edition DVD, an HD download, the poster — we are even offering a deluxe package with literally a piece from our set. We’ll be sending it to you straight from the Park City post office the morning after the world premiere on Jan 22nd.

    Just email anthony@onetoomanymornings.com we’re friendly. In the meantime, we’re still blogging about our crazy journey. http://www.onetoomanymornings.com/blog/

    And the trailer is easily embeddable for your blog, too. We really want you to see our movie – we’re thrilled that now you can.

    Sincerely, Mike, Stephen, Anthony, and the rest of Team OTMM

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