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.

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.

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.

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). 

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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