Debra Tolchinsky, director/producer
Deb is a documentary filmmaker, multidisciplinary artist, and curator whose work has been seen internationally at such venues as the Sundance Film Festival, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center. As a curator Tolchinsky cocurated The Horror Show at New York City’s Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs; the exhibit explored horror in film, video, installation, photography, sculpture, and painting and was featured as a “Voice Choice for Art” in the Village Voice. At Northwestern University’s Block Museum she cocurated Shimon Attie: The Neighbor Next Door, listed by the Chicago Tribune as one of “10 things to get excited about...” Most recently she cocurated The Presence of Absence, sponsored by the Contemporary Arts Council at Chicago’s Hairpin Arts Center; the exhibit was named one of the “16 best art gallery shows to see now in Chicago” by Chicago magazine and praised as “a wonderfully odd, powerful, thoughtful show” by the Huffington Post. Earlier in her career Tolchinsky was as an assistant film editor on Hollywood features such as Searching for Bobby Fischer and Ghostbusters II. The Hollywood Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild also nominated Dolly and Lucky, two of her short films, for Golden Reel Awards. A Northwestern faculty member since 2006, she won a 2010 Clarence Simon Award for Teaching Excellence. She currently directs Northwestern’s MFA in Documentary Media program. Tolchinsky received an AB from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ron Ward, editor/producer
Ron is a filmmaker and video editor working out of San Jose, California. His background in jazz piano and composition helped lay the foundation for his love of improvisation and editing. Many of his early films are music-based, including The Babies and Pool Dweller (the latter featuring the talented Doug Jones, who played one of his first “creature” roles). Ron’s award-winning documentary Fred, about his close friendship with standup comic Fred Burns, has been shown in disability-themed film festivals worldwide. Ron also edited HBO’s Bubbeh Lee and Me, an Emmy-nominated documentary about a man’s relationship with his outspoken grandmother. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and has undergraduate degrees in Aesthetic Studies and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
David E. Tolchinsky, producer
Dave wrote and associate produced the feature film Girl which is distributed by Sony and has been seen internationally. As a screenwriter, he has been commissioned by various Hollywood studios to write feature screenplays. As a sound designer, he has designed the sound for interactive computer environments and video installations that have been exhibited internationally. He was nominated for two Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild Golden Reel Awards for his sound work on the short films Dolly and Lucky. In 2009, he co-curated The Horror Show at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs in New York City which was featured as The Village Voice “Voice Choice for Art” and on The Village Voice’s blog, Runnin’ Scared. He is Founder/Director of Northwestern University's MFA in Writing for the Screen+Stage, a graduate of Yale (BA) and the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (MFA).
Mark Koval, composer
Emmy-nominated composer Mark Koval has a long history composing music for television. His music can be heard in such shows as Batman: the Animated Series, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, and the popular children’s show Bobby’s World. His film credits include the cult favorite Love Bites. Mark also teaches music composition, orchestration, and the technical aspects of film scoring in Los Angeles. His scores for television have been honored with two Emmy Award nominations. His concert music has been recognized by grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, the Fromm Foundation of Harvard University, the Minnesota Orchestra, the William Walton Trust Foundation, the American Music Center, Broadcast Music Incorporated, and Meet the Composer.