School of Communication

Debra Tolchinsky

Department of Radio/Television/Film

Debra Tolchinsky

Associate Professor
1920 Campus Drive, Room 211
Evanston, IL 60208
Graduate Program: Radio/Television/Film

Debra Tolchinsky is a media artist with interests in video installation and documentary filmmaking. Her films, videos, and installations have been exhibited internationally at such venues as Croxhapox Gallery in Ghent, the Horse Hospital in London, the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and The Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, IL. She has also worked as an assistant film editor on such Hollywood features as "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and "The Doctor." The Hollywood Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild nominated "Dolly" and "Lucky," two of her short films, for Golden Reel Awards. In 2009, she 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. She recently completed "Fast Talk," a feature documentary about college debate that has garnered multiple awards. Deb is a graduate of University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (AB), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA).


"Fast Talk" - feature documentary about college debate
Personal web site


MFA Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BA Film/Video Production, USC School of Cinema-Television

Recent Awards and Honors

2010 Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring
2009 Co-Curator, The Horror Show, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, New York City (, chosen as a "Voice Choice for Art" by The Village Voice
2008 Award of Excellence, exhibit catalogue for "The Horror Show," (Tolchinsky/Tolchinsky) and chosen for inclusion in the UCDA Design Show.
2008 Top Award of Artistic Merit for Smoke and Mirrors I, video installation, University Film and Video Conference, new media exhibit, "Ideas in Mediation."
2007 Grant, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts
2007 Grant, The Center for Global Culture and Communication
2006 Grant, The Center for Global Culture and Communication
2006 Nominee, Program for New Media Artists, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation
2004 Nominee, The Richard Driehaus Foundation’s Individual Artist Award
2003 Nominee, Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards


RTVF 180-0 Media Construction I
RTVF 393-0 2D Computer Animation
RTVF 392-0 Documentary Production
RTVF 394-0 Experimental Film and Video Production
RTVF 379-0 Horror Production
RTVF 475-0 Introduction to Graduate Production