Columbia College Chicago's New Cinema/TV Dept Head
July 28, 2017 by Screenmag
There is a new sheriff in town at the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Associate Professor Eric Scholl has been appointed Interim Chair of Cinema and Television Arts.
Scholl brings to the role a strong understanding and engagement with the broad terrain of film and television, and a passion for collaboration and open dialogue that will be an asset to the new unit. Scholl served as Associate Chair in Television, and during his 17 years at Columbia, has served in departmental, interdepartmental, and college-wide leadership roles, including his work with the interdisciplinary documentary program and his service to Faculty Senate.
Scholl received his MFA in Radio/TV/Film just up the road at Northwestern University in 1990. He is an independent documentary maker whose work has been seen on local and national television, and in festivals internationally. His documentary, THE END OF THE NIGHTSTICK: CONFRONTING POLICE VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO, aired on PBS’s acclaimed independent showcase “P.O.V.” His documentary, IT'S IN THE BLOOD: LEO ABSHIRE & THE CAJUN TRADITION, looks at the musical heritage of western Louisiana. Click here to watch Scholl's feature THE END OF THE NIGHTSTICK online, compliments of PBS.
The new leadership appointment comes in the wake of the merger of the Cinema Art and Science Department and the Television Departments at the school. In 2016/17, the School of Media Arts convened a group of faculty and staff from the two departments, which have a long history of close collaboration, to discuss a possible merger, based on shared interests, media forms and production skills. The formats of cinema and television have long been converging, with many practitioners - behind and in front of the camera - moving back and forth between both media. Because of this, the time seemed right to bring the two departments together to give students more options in more media forms.
The Department will still retain degrees in both areas, offering a BA degree in filmmaking, a BA in television with four concentrations, a BFA with concentrations in various areas including directing and cinematography, and graduate degrees in creative producing and directing. We also offer a shared BFA in Television Executive Producing and a BA in Interdisciplinary Documentary.