Instructors

Bohacz, Michael

Michael Bohacz is a freelance editor and motion graphics artist. He has done work for Video One, Fox Sports Net, Program Productions, CBS Sports, Aesthetic Abstractions, Post Effects, SMS Productions, XL Inc., as well as many independent producers around the Chicago area. As a fringe conceptual artist he creates experimental television programs for the Chicago Access Network and has been featured in the film Access Nation for his experimental show Abductions with the Altar Boy. He currently continues making art and showing in local galleries and performances, and developing more experimental television programs including Robots and Reptiles Theater. He has taught production and editing classes at the Columbia College Television and Film/Video Departments since 1998, at Chicago Filmmakers since 2002, and at the Harold Washington Art Department since 2006.

Chapman, Dale

Dale Chapman is a writer/director/performer who produced the sketch comedy series WE’RE GENIUSES IN FRANCE for CAN-TV for twenty years and wrote the feature film THE PRODIGY. His work has been screened by such venues as The Chicago Improv Fest, The National Lampoon Network, Image Union, and The Chicago Short Comedy Film and Video Festival.

Since 1997, he has taught screenwriting, video production, and critical studies courses at Columbia College Chicago. He has a B.A. in cinema studies from the University of Illinois and an M.F.A. in film/video production from Northwestern University.

Cone, Stephen

Stephen Cone is a Chicago-based director, writer and actor. He has written, produced, and directed the short films Church Story, Young Wives, and 7 Experiments, as well as his medium-length feature debut The Christians and his first three full-length features In Memoriam, recent New York Times Critics' Pick The Wise Kids (Winner of the Grand Jury Awards for Outstanding US Dramatic Feature and Outstanding Screenwriting at Outfest and the Audience Award at NewFest), and Black Box. In the summer of 2011, Stephen made his Chicago stage acting debut in the World Premiere of Philip Dawkins' The Homosexuals at About Face Theatre in Chicago, for which he was named one of the seven Hot New Faces of the Chicago Stage by the Chicago Tribune.

Englander, Julie

Julie Englander loves non-fiction in its many forms. She is currently producing and directing Home Again, a documentary about kids who've grown up overseas in missionary families and what it's like for them to come "home" to America. She has produced documentaries for Kartemquin Films, Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW, and ABC News. In 2010, Julie was lucky enough to attend the CPB/PBS Producers Workshop at WGBH. Julie has also written for the Chicago Reader, The Chicago Tribune, and In These Times. She earned her M.A. in journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Hansen-Lewis, Jillian

Jillian Hansen-Lewis is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker. Her work combines elements of fictional and historical narratives to identify moments when fabrication and authenticity synchronize into a singular event. Jillian is an experienced editor in both commercial and experimental video work, and has exhibited her work around Chicago as well as editing videos for companies such as Hilton and Conagra. Jillian received a B.F.A. in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently works as an Assistant Programmer at the Nightingale Theater and as a freelance video artist.

Heffron, Tommy

Tommy Heffron is a filmmaker, performer and educator living and working in Chicago. His films, videos, performances have exhibited nationwide, including two features, "Caveat" and most recently, "Cold In All The Sunshine". He has taught creative writing at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Better Boys Foundation. As a teaching artist in filmmaking, he has taught classes and developed curriculum for After School Matters, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, and Center for Community Arts Partnerships - Columbia College Chicago. He holds a BA in Film Studies from the University of Utah and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Milhorat, Marianna

Marianna Milhorat (b. 1983) is a Chicago-based filmmaker, originating from Vermont, USA. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2012 and BFA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinéma at Concordia University in 2007.

Milhorat’s work has screened internationally at festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Videonale. She teaches film and video production, post-production, and media studies classes at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and After School Matters. She has taught at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago Arts Partnership in Education, and Redmoon Theater.

Peditto, Paul

Paul Peditto is an award-winning screenwriter and director. He wrote and directed Jane Doe, starring Calista Flockhart, which won Best Feature at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival. Six of his screenplays have been optioned, among them Crossroaders to Haft Entertainment (Emma, Dead Poets Society). Over the past decade, Paul has consulted with over 1,000 screenwriting students around the world. He is the author of Writing Screenplays (Self-Counsel Press, 2012). His new book, Surviving Outside Hollywood: Life Lessons For The D.I.Y. Filmmaker will be available through Self-Counsel Press. In addition to teaching at Chicago Filmmakers, Paul is an adjunct professor of screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago.

Peppey, Chris

Chris Peppey writes, directs, and shoots commercials, documentaries, and narratives. He has won awards for television commercials, industrial videos, and documentaries. He was cinematographer for several documentaries that received national distribution. He received his B.A. from Columbia College Chicago, where he went on to teach in the Undergraduate and Graduate Division of the Film and Video Department for eight years, and where he served as the Program Director for Post Production. Since 1992, he has been a director and cinematographer at Chicago Film Works, a commercial production company.

Puccini, Casey

Casey Puccini is an internationally screened film and video maker working in Chicago. His award-winning first feature, Children Without Parents, is currently in theatrical release and he is underway on his follow up film, I Don’t Care. In addition to teaching at Chicago Filmmakers and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Casey is also an editor, cinematographer, and performer.

Ross, Frank V

The writer, director, and editor of 8 feature films including: Audrey The Trainwreck (one of the New Yorker’s Top 25 Films of 2010 & winner of Best Feature at the Sidewalk Film Festival), Tiger Tail in Blue (nominated for the Gotham Award Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You). Recently named one of New CIty’s 50 Screen Gems of Chiacgo: “[Frank] is one of Chicago filmmaking’s best-kept secrets but could become one of the city’s shining virtues" (Ray Pride). 

Rozycki, Rachel

Rachel Rozycki is a social conscience filmmaker, having produced and directed the short films Nel Giardino and Hands Together, Heart to Art. She has also contributed on a number of Kartemquin films including The Trials of Muhammad Ali (dir. Bill Siegel), the multi-award winning Life Itself (dir. Steve James), and the six part series Hard Earned, which will aired on Al Jazeera America in May, 2015. In addition to her work in documentary, Rachel has played an instrumental role on a number of narrative films, including her work as producer for the feature historical docudrama Hogtown, which premiered at the 2014 Black Harvest International Film Festival, the 2014 Calgary International Film Festival, and screened in the 2015 Berlinale-EFM. Rachel is currently associate producing the documentary film Keep Talking, a film about language endangerment that focuses on the native speakers of Kodiak Alutiiq in Alaska. With less than fifty fluent speakers left, we take an intimate look at a living language revitalization movement and gain an understanding of how language is the key to culture and identity.

Spencer, Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee Spencer is a teacher, musician, writer, and filmmaker. She co-produced the Tribeca Film Festival Recognized and Gotham Award Nominated web series You’re So Talented, as well as composed music for the series with her group Whatever Spectrum. She has taught media, art and media studies in grammar and high schools around Chicago, including at Street Level Youth Media, Free Spirit Media, and ChiARTS High School. She performs here solo music throughout Chicago and is working on her debut album. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute and has her graduate degree in Art Education from Columbia College Chicago.

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Uy, Erik

Erik Uy is an editor and colorist. He has worked across various genres and formats, from fiction to documentary, from experimental to commercials. Many films he has edited or color graded has been showcased at various festivals around the world. Erik is also a Post Production Facility Technician at Columbia College Chicago, where he assists in the maintenance and repair of facility hardware/software, assist faculty and staff with post-production needs, provide classroom support, and help students that have questions about editing or other various post production software. Additionally, Erik develops and conducts basic to advance editing workshops on Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, AVID Media Composer, and Adobe Premiere for both entry-level and graduate students.