Thursday
Oct192017

Fun visit with Writer John Logan

With faculty members/writers Zayd Dohrn and Thomas Bradshaw and our NU MFAs in Writing for Screen and Stage.

 

Thursday
Sep282017

New City's 2017 Film 50 Chicago Screen Gems - Humbled to be Included

Humbled that Deb and I are on this list of Chicago filmmaking "movers and shakers". Thanks to Ray Pride, to our colleagues at NU who we represent, and to Joe Mazza for the picture. https://newcityfilm.com/2017/09/28/film-50-2017-chicagos-screen-gems/

"7 Debra Tolchinsky and David Tolchinsky
Director, MFA in Documentary Media program and Chairman, Department of RTVF/Director, MFA in Writing for Screen + Stage program, Northwestern University
NU’s ambitious kino-twosome continue to broaden the ambitions of Northwestern’s department of Radio-TV-Film in their respective programs. A range of successes include student film acceptances in festivals like Camden, Locarno and New Directors; alumni staff writing gigs on “The Late Show,” “Late Night” and “I Love Dick”; student, faculty and alumni awards including Guggenheim, PEN America and Writers Guild nominations. Visiting luminaries included documentary elder Frederick Wiseman; Joshua Oppenheimer, (“The Act Of Killing”), Sam Raimi and “I Am Not Your Negro” director Raoul Peck. New facilities include a state-of-the-art recording and performance studio; a new black-box theater for the department’s acting-for-the-screen program; and designs for the Performing and Media Arts Center in downtown Chicago, which will extend the department into the greater Chicago filmmaking community. Dave introduced an emphasis in the department on comedy, based on the department’s alumni pool, which includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert. Debra co-founded the Chicago chapter of Film Fatales, which supports Chicago-based female directors. Debra is also currently directing and producing “True Memories and Other Falsehoods,” a documentary that explores the intersection of contaminated memory and the criminal justice system. Dave is involved in filmmaking and theater as well as projects that bring theater and film together, including the play “An Attempt to Heal in the Contemporary World,” about psychologist Wilhelm Reich, to be combined with Melika Bass’ film, “Creature Companion,” which he also co-produced."

Saturday
Sep162017

NU RTF no 12 on The Wrap's list of 50 top film schools 

https://view.flipdocs.com/html5/?id=10004691_279904&P=0#28

Proud of all we're doing, including writing, comedy, doc, sound, production, animation/VR, screen cultures.  Proud of our alums incl. my students Jenny Hagel, Jen Spyra, and Sarah Gubbins. And of course proud of our six Guggenheim winners and all who's been included on NewCity's Film 50 lists. And yes, who wouldn't want to be Zayd Dohrn and/or Sarah Gubbins!  (correction: i'm the chair not dean of the dept)

 

 

 

Saturday
Sep092017

On location with True Memories and Other Falsehoods

Associate producing Debra Tolchinsky's True Memories and Other Falsehoods. Fun and very moving shoot. If you're in Chicago, grab a ticket to hear Debra talking about this film as part of the Belief Series/Chicago Humanities Festival at the Block Museum, Oct 28 at 5 p.m.:  

https://tickets.chicagohumanities.org/shows/208%20-%20true%20memories%20and%20other%20falsehoods/info

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug312017

Planning

Cassandra the film, shot by shot today, while on location in Wisconsin.  Pictured - planning the scary attic sequence with DP Rob Stern and special effects artist Sarah Sharp.