I am a filmmaker, author and Film Studies instructor based in Chicago, Illinois. I received a BA from Columbia College in 2000 and an MA from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California in 2004. My first feature film, Cool Apocalypse, premiered in 2015, screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center and Movies in the Parks’ Onscreen Local Film Showcase in Chicago and played various festivals around the U.S. My second feature, Mercury in Retrograde, premiered at the Full Bloom Film Festival in 2017. Since 2009, I have taught film history and aesthetics at Oakton Community College, Triton College, Harold Washington College and the College of Lake County. Additionally, I regularly lecture at Northwestern University and Facets Multimedia. My first book, Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry, a non-fiction account of early film production in Chicago, was published by Wallflower Press in 2015. I am a regular contributor to Time Out Chicago, and Cine-File Chicago, and my film writing has appeared in La Furia Umana, Chicago Reader and on Nobudge.com. I am the creator and sole author of whitecitycinema.com.
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