Monteith McCollum is an independent filmmaker, musician and educator who has taught at various schools in Chicago, Illinois and upstate New York such as Columbia College, Broome Community College and Ithaca College. He has been a visiting artist at colleges including Boston Museum School, Art Institute of Chicago and University of Iowa. As director of the award winning feature documentary Hybrid, Monteith has traveled extensively showing his work and speaking about film. In 2002 he was selected to tour on the Southern Circuit where he showed work and toured to Universities and high schools in the South. Monteith has served as a juror at various film festivals including the Bermuda International Film Festival, Slamdance, Ann Arbor, and Big Muddy at the University of Illinois. Since 2002 he has served as an advisory board member in film for the New York Foundation for the Arts. Hybrid was broadcast nationally on PBS and Arte in France. It premiered in New York at MOMA's New Directors/New Films. It also garnered many awards, including the IFP/Direct TV truer than fiction Independent Spirit Award in Los Angeles California.
Monteith has received grants from NYFA separately in both film and sound composition, two grants from NYSCA and the prestigious NYFA Prize, which is awarded to one NYFA winner in competition with all others across categories on a given year. With Ariana Gerstein, he was named a Rockefeller Fellow for their collaborative work in documentary. Other honors include over a dozen best of festival awards at San Francisco International, Amsterdam Documentary Festival, Slamdance, Ann Arbor, Bermuda, Nashville, South by Southwest, and Amsterdam International Documentary Festival to name a few. His short films Lawn and Milk in the Land were shown on PBS as part of the P.O.V. series.