Instructors

Bohacz, Michael

Michael Bohacz is, among other things, a freelance editor, motion graphics artist, sound designer. He has done work for Fox Sports Net, CBS Sports, XL! Marketing Communications, Video One Productions, Program Productions, Aesthetic Abstractions, William H. Birch & Associates, Thom Papanek & Associates, SMS Productions, as well as many other independent producers around the Chicago area. As a fringe transmedia conceptual artist he creates experimental television programs and has been featured in the documentary "Access Nation" for his experimental show "Abductions with the Alter Boy." He has taught production and editing classes at Columbia College Chicago since 1998, at Chicago Filmmakers since 2002, Harold Washington College since 2006. He also jams with his band Tin Godz.

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.

Charles Borg

Charles Borg is an award-winning writer/producer, with an MFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University, who’ recently co-produced two feature films: Three Worlds and MAN, (winner of CICFF’s “Golden Fox Award”), which he co-wrote/co-edited.  He runs his own script consulting company, Smash To: Script Consulting, working with filmmakers affiliated with the likes of CAA, Nasdaq Studios, FUSE, and Circle of Confusion. Charles writes and ghostwrites feature scripts and pilots, as well as develops feature film treatments and reality show pitch-packages.  His skill set also extends to writing VO for TV-series’ promos, such as the Emmy Award-nominated, Never Settle Show, and the boxing docu-series, Knockout, for which he co-produced/story-produced 3 seasons.  Charles has been a professional script analyst for Stage 32 as well as The Writer’s Store and now sits on the board as the content developer for Chicago’s own, Creative Cypher. In addition to developing coursework web tutorials for Screenwriters University, Charles teaches 4-courses at Chicago Filmmakers: Screenwriting I & II, Perfect Pitch, and Master Screenwriting Techniques.

Damon Griffin

Damon Griffin was born in Maine and has lived in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York City and Chicago. He has worked as an editor at the Maine Media Workshops and College and on several documentaries. He is currently teaching and pursuing his MFA in filmmaking at Columbia College, Chicago, where he has written and directed four short films. Griffin's work spans both narrative and experimental film styles. He is at work on a feature screenplay.

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.

Jon Silver

Jon Silver is a Chicago-based Filmmaker coming from a comedy background. He is the Co-Founder of ShowPup Productions and the former Managing Director of The Annoyance Theater. Jon has worked with Second City and other theaters to produce comedy sketches, short films, web series, tv pilots, and his first feature “The Civil Hoax”, which was released in May of 2018.

Jonathan Moeller

Jonathan Moeller received his MFA in Writing/Directing from Columbia College Chicago in 2015.  He has been making short films and videos for over a decade, creating content and running productions for various brands ranging from professional sports teams to non-profit organizations.  He is a freelance filmmaker here in Chicago and teaches on the south side, as well as with Chicago Filmmakers. Jonathan has worked with students of all ages, from elementary school filmmakers up to adults and is very excited to bring his course offerings to the north side. Professionally, Jonathan has screened his work in New York, Atlanta, Louisiana, Los Angeles, and of course, here at home. Along with directing, Jonathan is also a working First Assistant Director in Chicago, collaborating with local filmmakers on feature and commercial projects. Most recently he has been working with Onion Labs.  He was an Albert P. Weisman recipient in 2014, and is currently fine tuning a feature script that he hopes to get off the ground in the near future. Mostly a comedic content creator himself, Jonathan is excited to work with you on the story that you hope to bring to the digital screen! To learn more about Jonathan, his work, and some of his students' work, please visit jonathanmoellermedia.com.

Matt Lauterbach

Matt Lauterbach is an associate of Kartemquin Films, where he has contributed to over a dozen documentary films, including Unbroken GlassThe Trials of Muhammad AliAmerican Arab, and Saving Mes Aynak. He is currently editing a film called Embattled South, about the controversy in Mississippi over their state flag, the last in the USA to contain a symbol of the Confederacy. Before becoming a filmmaker, he taught high school history and psychology; created interactive maps for use in classrooms; and helped develop exhibitions at the Chicago History Museum. Matt is also co-director of the Chicago ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival, and an advocate for media that is accessible to the widest possible audience, including those who are blind or deaf. 

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.

Stephen Holliger

Stephen Holliger is an award winning sound designer and engineer from Chicago, IL with a BA from Columbia College Chicago. Stephen is a longtime lover of sound and has done work for 3net, Fusion, The Onion, Clickhole, and The AV Club with additional sound work being selected at the Chicago International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. Stephen's versatile skill set extends to production audio, podcasting, and music production as the sole sound mixer for AV Club, Clickhole, and Onion Labs content. Additionally, Stephen was the post production sound mixer for the first season of Fusion’s, The AV Club with John Teti in 2017. In addition to teaching at Chicago Filmmakers, and working at The Onion,  Stephen continues to freelance with independent filmmakers in the Chicagoland area and both coasts as a sound designer and mixer and has recently finished post production audio on two feature films: Three Worlds and MAN (winner of CICFF’s “Golden Fox Award”) in which he also scored original music to MAN.

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