Filmmaker Milton Santiago is providing life-changing, hands-on experiences

The voice inside Milton Santiago’s head eventually became too loud for him to ignore.

Milton Santiago
Milton Santiago is an assistant professor of visual communications at the Newhouse School.

After graduating from Canisius College in Buffalo with a degree in communication studies and English, Santiago landed a job as a production assistant for Sundance Channel in New York City. Santiago received his first look at how the television production world operated, and eventually, through hard work and dedication, was promoted to the role of producer.

He traveled to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, chatting up filmmakers from all genres. While he was enjoying his career, he felt there was something missing, and that he wasn’t following his true calling.

That’s when the familiar voice inside his head picked up in intensity.

“You want to be a filmmaker, you’ve always wanted to be a filmmaker,” Santiago recalls of the persistent voice urging him to change career course.

Read more about Santiago’s 15-year career as a content creator and director of photography, and the path that led him to join the Newhouse School faculty.