KEY PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Adjunct Faculty Columbia College
Vice President Chicago Comedy Film Festival (CCFF)
2014 CCFF partnered with Collective Digital Studios of Los Angeles to curate content
10+ years developing feature, short, commercial works under Flowfeel Films
In 2015 Flowfeel Digital signs with Collab Studios to manage new digital comedy content
Ph.D. (finished course work), American Studies (Film and Video Studies), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. 2009-Present
M.A., Liberal Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. 2006.
Dissertation: Blues and the Machine: An Analysis of the Chicago Blues District
B.S., Political Science, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. 1998
Narrative Feature-Off the Cuff (2009), Producer/Writer/Director
Narrative Feature-Welcome to Gentle Waters (2010), Producer/Writer/Director, Official Selection Lake County Film Festival
Narrative Feature- A Short History of Drugs in the Valley (Post-production), Producer/Writer/Director
Documentary- Festival (Post-production), Producer/Co-Director
Documentary- Michael Palascak Stand Up Special (Post-Production) Producer/Director
Narrative Short - BATTER (2013), Producer/First A.D.
Web Series-Through the Mirror, Producer/Director, over 175,000 views online
Music Video-Golden Ghost (2011), Producer/Writer/Director, Official Selection Chicago Filmmakers Seen and Heard Music Video Series 2011
Music Video- Indiana Weekend (2014) Producer/Director
Clients: Umphreys McGee New Years Eve at the Riviera-Director; North Coast Music Festival-Director; Dixies Tupperware Party-Director, Brian Paulus Racing, Kosiousko Cares
EXHIBITS AND PUBLISHED WORKS
The Orphanage, Solo Exhibit 2008
Acoustic Chicago Music and Art Showcase, Group Exhibit 2008
Humboldt Park Art Fair, Group Exhibit 2009
Orbit Room, Group Exhibit 2009
The Galaxie, Group Exhibit 2009
And Yet It Moves, Novel 2001
New City, 2005
Chicago Innerview, 2005-2006
Hungry? Chicago, 2006
Thirsty? Chicago, 2006
Glide Magazine, 2008
Echo Magazine, 2009
Glide Magazine, 2012
ACADEMIC HONORS AND REWARDS
Recipient, Lynn Fellowship, Purdue University. 2009-2013
Graduated Cum Laude, DePaul University. 2006
Winner, Black Diaspora Studies Essay Contest, DePaul University. 2005
ACADEMIC AND WORK EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Faculty, Columbia College
Los Angeles/Chicago Present
President, Flowfeel Films
Los Angeles/Chicago Present
Produce short, feature, web series, and music video.
Vice President, Chicago Comedy Film Festival
Chicago, IL Present
Manage communication with press and media outlets for all festival events and announcements. Coordinate special events across multiple platforms.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN. 2010-2012
Description: Assisting course professor in cultural anthropological courses and teaching the weekly supplemental course lab.
Academic Staff Professional First Year Program, DePaul University
Chicago, IL. Fall 2008
Description: Act as a liaison between instructor and students and integrate incoming students to the DePaul University community. Provide a platform for new students to explore, understand and benefit from their academic related experiences.
Media Consultant, Lotus (Band)
Chicago, IL. and on location. April, 2008-December 2012
Description: Coordinate bands on-site media requests at national concerts and festivals. Work with band and Chicago media to facilitate journalists, photographers and videographers needs.
Publisher, Editor and Lead Writer, Avant/Chicago
Chicago, IL. 2005-Present
Description: Cultural and Arts Website. "Astute vision, hilarious." Bryant Manning, Entertainment Weekly. "For the young, the hip, and generally in the know." Chicago Tribune. "A Renaissance man" Jessica Herman, Chicago Sun-Times.
Instructor/Team Leader, America Reads Tutoring
Chicago, IL. March 2003-May 2005
Description: Managed daily assignments, worked with students to develop reading and organization skills, and coordinated learning activities with Chicago Public School teachers and administrator.
94' Tone - PG-13 Comedy. In the tradition of Dazed and Confused and American Pie.
Log Line - It's the summer of 1994. A group of vivacious college kids, stuck in their dull hometown, search for the raddest parties. With no other way to pass the time they push the limits in creating their own fun. How far will they go for excitement?
My Year with the Hipsters Tone - PG-13 Pop Culture Dramedy. In the tradition of Boogie Nights and Pineapple Express.
Log Line - A budding nightlife photographer navigates the vapid and sultry terrain of the 2004 scene. Faced with mounting pressure to make a success of his life matched with an infatuation with a stunning siren, he feels compelled to make a thrilling choice that will alter his future.
Luck of the Irish Tone - PG-13 Buddy Comedy. In the tradition of The Hangover and Superbad.
Log Line - It’s St. Patricks Day and Chicago is celebrating. Dylan and his friends always head to the South Side Irish Parade, but Dylan has overslept and must navigate the craziness of the drunken city to meet his friends in time for the parade.
I-5 Tone: PG-13 Action Thriller. Unstoppable meets Smokey and the Bandit.
Log Line - When Derrick is offered an irresistible chance he agrees to transport a danergous substance to Mexico. He’s pursued by gangsters, the CIA and a slew of other questionable characters, along the way picking up a beautiful girl who becomes more than just a passenger.