Deepa Mehta will serve as the inaugural Cosgrove Family Endowment Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (SFTV).

Mehta's appointment is for the 2007 and 2008 academic years, during which time she will mentor students and participate in workshops, seminars and lectures with an emphasis on humanistic visual storytelling for film.

'Deepa Mehta is one of the most significant and important humanistic writer-directors working in film today,' SFTV Dean Teri Schwartz said.

'We believe the appointment of Ms Mehta as our inaugural Cosgrove Distinguished Visiting Artist greatly honors the spirit of the Cosgrove Family Endowment.

'It is a strong reflection of the Cosgrove's humanistic vision and generosity, as well as their deep commitment to our LMU School of Film and Television and the entire film-making community.'

Water, the third in Mehta's elements trilogy, was nominated in the best foreign language feature category earlier this year and won three of Canada's Genie Awards. Mehta's credits include Bollywood/Hollywood and Sam & Me. Her upcoming projects include the eco-drama Luna, which Omega Entertainment will introduce to foreign buyers at Cannes.

John Cosgrove is a member of the LMU Board of Trustees and Chair of the LMU School of Film and Television Arts Council. He is co-creator and executive producer of the six-time Emmy nominee Unsolved Mysteries reality series and has served as executive producer on 14 made-for-TV movies.