Debra Tolchinsky, associate chair and associate professor of Radio-TV-Film, is a documentary filmmaker and curator and was the founding director of the MFA in Documentary Media program. Her work has been seen at such venues as the Sundance Film Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center, the Gene Siskel Film Center, and the Supreme Court Institute (followed by a panel that included Brett Kavanaugh). As a curator, Debra co-curated The Horror Show at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Shimon Attie: The Neighbor Next Door at the Block Museum, and The Presence of Absence sponsored by the Contemporary Arts Council. As a documentarian, she directed and produced the feature Fast Talk concerning competitive college debate. Fast Talk won Best Documentary at the LA Femme International Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, and has been spotlighted in the Chicago Tribune, the National Law Journal, the Onion A.V. Club, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2017-18, Debra received a year-long Alice B. Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Fellowship for her (in process) feature documentary True Memories and Other Falsehoods (TMOF), and she ranked No. 7 on New City’s Film 50: Chicago Screen Gems. TMOF concerns contaminated memory and false internalized belief in relation to criminal justice. TMOF is currently in development with Kartemquin Films. Debra joined the Northwestern faculty in 2006 and won a Clarence Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. She received an AB from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.