SALOME CHASNOFF :: salomechasnoff.com
salome.chasnoff@gmail.com | schasn@saic.edu

Independent Filmmaker + Installation Artist                                                                                                                                            

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

1995      Ph.D. Performance Studies, Northwestern University
1986      M.A. Theatre and Performance, Northwestern University
1985      B.S. Fine and Performing Arts, Northwestern University

EMPLOYMENT + SERVICE:

2019-present Founding Member, PO Box Collective, Chicago IL
2018-present BFA Program Director in Art Education, School of the Art Institute, Chicago IL
2014-present  Faculty in Art Education, School of the Art Institute, Chicago IL
2012-2018  President, Personal Hermitage Productions
2015-2018     Visiting Faculty + Artist-Teacher, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier VT
2000-2011      Founder + Executive Director, Beyondmedia Education
1998-2000     Faculty in Film + Video, Art Education, School of the Art Institute, Chicago IL
1996-1999      Founding Collective Member, Women’s International Information Project (WIIP)
1991-1995 Board President + Program Committee Member, Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC)

ARTIST + TEACHING RESIDENCIES:

2015           Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier VT; Artist-in-Residence
2013           Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI; Visiting Artist Residency
2012           Female Journalists Association of Liberia, Monrovia; Visiting Artist Residency
2012           Girls Making Media, Liberia; Visiting Artist Residency
1997-2012  Beyondmedia Education, Chicago IL; Community-based Workshops in Media Literacy + Activism
2002          St. Mary’s College, Moraga CA; Brazil Travel Course in Documentary Filmmaking
1995           University of Regina, Saskatchewan; Visiting Artist Residency
1989-94      Northwestern University, Evanston IL and Chicago IL; Performance Studies, Gender Studies
1990           Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Studies Program; Theatre Workshop

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

2019 Illinois Arts Council Agency, Individual Artist Grant
2019 Illinois Arts Council Agency Fellowship
2017       Individual Artists Program, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
2017       School of the Art Institute Faculty Enrichment Grant
2016       School of the Art Institute Faculty Enrichment Grant
2013       International Film Festival Jakarta, Award of Excellence
2012       Partnering for Stronger Communities Fellowship, U.S. State Dept Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs/IREX
2011        Purpose Prize Fellow
2011        Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant
2011        City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant
2010       Women’s eNews Ida B. Wells Bravery in Journalism Award and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Honoree
2010       DIY Film Festival Honorable Mention
2010 Link TV, 3rd Prize
2010       Humboldt Film Festival Pride Award
2010       Chicago Foundation for Women Impact Award
2009      San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, Best Documentary
2008      John McDermott Documentary Film Festival, 1st Place
2008      Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, Best Documentary
2007       Alliance for Community Media Hometown Video Award, Best Documentary, Public Awareness, Professional
2007       Beloit International Film Festival, Best Documentary Midwest
2005       Superfest XXV Spirit Award and Achievement Award (Superfest Classic status)
2005       Crossroads Fund Ron Sable Award
2003       Independent Film and Video/Chicago, 1st Place
2002       Illinois Humanities Council Lawrence Towner Award
2001        Worldfest Houston Gold Award

Grants under Beyondmedia: National Endowment for the Arts, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women, McCormick Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago Community Trust, Leo S. Guthman Fund, Woods Fund of Chicago, and others.

FILMS, VIDEOS, AND TRANSMEDIA WORKS:

2019 Director, Code of the Freaks, feature documentary about Hollywood images of disability
2018 Director, Peace of Mind, video for live performance with Northwestern University
2016-18  Director/Editor/Installation Artist, Present Absence, 5-channel video installation with families of people killed by Chicago police
2015       Photographer, Gone But Not Forgotten, documenting making a memorial quilt for people killed by Chicago police
2015       Director/Camera/Installation Artist/Performer, We Are Here to Build the House, a meditation on time + a poetics of labor
2014       Director/Camera/Installation Artist/Performer, From Here To There, a meditation on time + a poetics of labor
2013       Executive Producer/Performer, Crimes Against Humanity, narrative feature
2013       Producer/Director/Camera, Brink of Survival, feature documentary with Embangweni Hospital, Malawi
2012       Director/Camera, Tanaman Dul, Irish-Brazilian band’s music videos
2012       Director/Camera, Talking Peace, short doc on restorative justice with Community Justice for Youth Institute
2011        Writer/Director, Cruddy, narrative short adaptation of cult novel by Lynda Barry
2011        Director, Your Social Life, short mixed doc on cyber-bullying with Beyondmedia Youth Leaders + Mikva Challenge
2011        Director/Camera, Chicago Jobs Council 30th anniversary video
2010       Adult Facilitator, ‘Nuf Said, a citywide youth media project by Chicago Youth Voices Network
2010       Director/Camera, 35 Years of Community Health Care, with Howard Brown Health Center
2009      Photographer/Solo Installation Artist, In Transit, photographic installation
2009      Director, Open the Door, Get ‘Em a Locker, short doc about the importance of training nurses with disabilities, with UIC + ASU
2009      Director/Performer, When Brad Met Sally, fictionalized autobiographical short
2008      Producer/Director, Storming the Gates: Struggle for Access to Higher Education in Illinois, short historical doc with IALHEA
2008      Director/Camera, HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!, short doc with Broadway Youth Center + About Face Youth Theater
2008-14  Director, Chain of Change: Youth Against Violence, a multimedia project: website, videos, workshops + events
2007       Director/Camera, What Will It Take? Ending Violence Against Women, with Chicago Foundation for Women
2007       Director/Camera, Seeds of Change: 25 Years of Community Organizing, with Crossroads Fund
2007       Director/Camera, Doin’ It: Sex, Disability and Videotape, with the Empowered Fe Fes of Access Living
2006       Director/Camera/Editor, Turning a Corner, feature-length documentary with Prostitution Alternatives Round Table
2005       Director/Camera, Can LGBTQ + Schools = Safe?, an organizing and networking tool for LGBT youth
2005       Camera/Solo Installation Artist, Unfinished Business, multimedia installation
2004-15  Director/Contributor, Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance, a digital archive of women’s stories
2004       Director/Camera, Beyond Disability: The Fe Fe Stories, with the Empowered Fe Fes of Access Living
2003       Director/Camera/Editor, Everybody In Nobody Out, with Dr. Quentin Young and Studs Terkel
2003       Director/Camera/Editor, A Fish Almost Eaten by a Shark, with Zaida Sanabia + Schurz High School GSA
2003-07 Director/Camera/Editor, Voices in Time: Lives in Limbo, traveling multimedia installation
2002       Director/Camera, The Story of Lil and Jack, oral history of a family
2002       Director/Camera, Our View from the Red Line, oral history of the North of Howard community with Family Matters Youth
2002       Director/Camera/Editor, Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya, with a women’s theatre collective in Chiapas, Mexico
2001        Director/Camera/Editor, Community Panels for Youth, with Northwestern’s Children and Family Justice Center
2001        Director/Camera/Editor, Kesher Diary, young women from across the former Soviet Union and the US gather in Moscow
2000       Director/Camera/Editor, Stone Soup: A Multi-Cultural Literacy Network of Schools, with three Chicago elementary schools
2000       Director/Camera/Editor, What We Leave Behind, with Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers + Grace House
1998-00  Director/Camera/Editor, A New Start: Resources for Women Former Prisoners, series of three videos
1997        Director/Camera/Editor, Sisters Speak Loud and Clear: Stop Violence Against Women! featuring writer Pearl Cleage
1997-99  Camera/Installation Artist, Beijing and Beyond: Women Artists Respond, A.R.C. Gallery and U.S. tour
1996       Director/Camera/Co-editor, Beyond Beijing, documentary feature on the UN 4th World Conference on Women + NGO Forum

FILM FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS (selected, 2004 to present):

-2019-
Featured installation, Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago IL: Present Absence
Featured installation, Uri-Eichen Gallery, Chicago IL: Present Absence
Featured installation, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago IL: Present Absence

-2018-
Group Exhibition, “Do Not Resist?”, Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago IL: Present Absence

-2017-
Invited Filmmaker, Creating Justice Conference, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines IL: Code of the Freaks
Group Transmedia Project, 24 Hour Social Studies “Let’s Make America Critical Again”: on-the-bus interviews

-2016-
Group Exhibition, Roosevelt University, Chicago IL: Present Absence

-2015-
Photo Exhibition, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago IL: Gone But Not Forgotten
Featured installation, Sunday Gallery, Chicago IL: We Are Here to Build the House
Participating Print Artist, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago IL: Push & Pull: Steamroller Spectacular
Official Selection, Vivian G. Harsh Society + Center for Black Studies at Woodson Regional Library, Chicago IL: Turning a Corner

-2014-
Group Exhibition, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago IL: From Here To There
Official Selection, Slamdance Film Festival, Park City UT: Crimes Against Humanity
Official Selection, Boston Underground Film Festival: Crimes Against Humanity
Official Selection, Chicago Underground Film Festival: Crimes Against Humanity
Official Selection, Wisconsin Film Festival: Crimes Against Humanity
Official Selection, Florida Film Festival: Crimes Against Humanity
Official Selection, MOSTRA: Filmes Americanos, Sao Paulo Brazil: Your Social Life
Group Exhibition, “The Left Front,” Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston IL

-2013-
Featured Work-In-Progress, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic: Code of the Freaks
Official Selection, International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture, Jakarta, Indonesia: Brink of Survival
Official Selection, Cinema Mostra AIDS, Sao Paulo, Brazil: HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!
Official Selection, Atlanta Underground Film Festival: Crimes Against Humanity
Official Selection, Abilityfest, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: Beyond Disability
Featured Filmmaker, Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, Los Angeles CA: Brink of Survival

-2012-
Official Selection, Feminist Active Documentary Video Festa (FAV), Okinawa, Japan: Doin’ It: Sex, Disability and Videotape
Featured Filmmaker, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs/Film Office: Brink of Survival
Official Selection, Q! Film Festival, Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia: HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!
Official Selection, Provincetown International Film Festival, Provincetown MA: HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!
Broadcast, CAN-TV: Your Social Life

-2011-
Official Selection, Emotion Pictures International Festival Tour, Athens, Greece and touring: Beyond Disability
Official Selection, Merlinka International Queer Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia: HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!
Official Selection, Q! Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia: HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!
Featured Filmmaker, Lunafest, DePaul University, Chicago IL: selection of short works
Featured Filmmaker, Field Museum of Chicago with Common Sense Media, Yahoo & MTV: Your Social Life
Featured Filmmaker, Chicago International Film Festival Teachers’ Institute: selection of short works
Official Selection, DisTHIS! Film Series, touring: Beyond Disability
Featured Filmmaker, Governors State University, University Park IL: Storming the Gates

-2010-
Official Selection, Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco CA: HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!
Official Selection, Berlin Sex Workers Festival, Berlin, Germany: Turning a Corner
Official Selection, African American Film Festival, Seattle WA: Turning a Corner
Official Selection, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago IL: Hey, It’s Viral!
Official Selection, Humboldt Film Festival, Arcata CA: Hey, It’s Viral!
Featured Filmmakers, Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago IL: Code of the Freaks
Official Selection, DIY Film Festival, Los Angeles CA: Turning a Corner
Official Selection, Urban Suburban Film Festival, Philadelphia PA: Hey, It’s Viral!
Broadcast, WYCC-TV: Storming the Gates
Official Selection, Vail Film Festival, Vail CO: Turning a Corner
Broadcast, Link TV: Three Things Involved

-2009-
Broadcast, WTTW Channel 11 (PBS): Turning a Corner
Official Selection, Brazil's 4th International Disability Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro and touring: Doin’ It: Sex, Disability and Videotape
Official Selection, Feminist Active Documentary Video Festa (FAV) Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan: Beyond Disability
Featured Filmmakers, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago IL: Code of the Freaks
Official Selection, Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, Atlanta GA: Turning a Corner
Official Selection, M.A.L.I. Women’s Film & Performance Arts Festival, Austin TX: Doin’ It: Sex, Disability and Videotape
Featured Filmmaker, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria IL: Code of the Freaks
Featured Selection, Association of University Centers on Disability: Beyond Disability
Official Selection, Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Austin TX: HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!
Official Selection, National LGBTI Health Summit, Washington DC: HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!
Featured Selection, Best of the Fest, Superfest Classics, San Francisco and Berkeley CA: Beyond Disability
Group Exhibition, Ven Sherrod Gallery, Chicago IL: In Transit

-2008-
Emotion Pictures International Documentary Festival, Athens, Greece
San Francisco Women Film Festival, UC Berkeley
Urban Visionaries Youth Film Festival, Paley Center for Media, NYC Association of University Centers on Disability
Washougal International Film Festival, Washougal WA
Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project, Nashville TN
Rivers Edge International Film Festival, Paducah KY

-2007-
Black Docs, Urban Film Series, Washington DC
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
San Diego Women's Film Festival
US Social Forum, Atlanta GA

-2006-
American Sociological Association Convention, Montreal Canada
Altar Magazine’s Her Voice Her View Film Festival, New York NY
Emotion Pictures International Documentary Festival, Athens, Greece
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL
Perspektiva, Moscow, Russia

-2005-
Black Harvest International Film and Video Festival, Siskel Film Center
Chicago's International Deaf and Disability Film Festival
Conversations on the Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center
Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
Mix Mexico Sexual Diversity Film and Video Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
Women in the Director’s Chair International Film Festival, Chicago IL
ImageOut: The Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film And Video Film Festival
Las Manos Gallery, Chicago

-2004-
DCTV, New York
San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival
San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Vancouver Queer Film and Video Festival

 

PUBLICATIONS:

2017          Present Absence review, Pelican Bomb (May 2, 2017), http://pelicanbomb.com/art-review/2017/present-absence
2014          “La interculturalidad es una acción,” AULA Intercultural, http://aulaintercultural.org/2014/04/15/la-interculturalidad-es-una-accion-un-modo-de-promover-el-entendimiento/
2014          The Left Front contributing artist, Block Museum of Art, http://theleftfront-blockmuseum.tumblr.com/
2012          Never the Same: Conversations About Art Transforming Politics & Community, http://never-the-same.org/interviews/salome-chasnoff/
2012          Liberia Diary: Life Is Beautiful, blogger, http://salchas.tumblr.com/
2011          The New Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Book Collective; contributed stills
2010         "Media Literacy Curriculum," in Something Is Wrong: Exploring the Roots of Youth Violence, co-edited by M. Kaba, J. Mathew, and N. Haines; Project Nia, Chicago IL
2010         A Midwife’s Guide by Mary Sommers; contributed stills for pamphlet and mobile application
2008-09   Proximity Magazine, Issue #003 (Winter)
2006-11    Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance, www.womenandprison.org; co-editor/contributor
2005-09  CPS and general use curricula to accompany videos: HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!, Beyond Disability: The Fe Fe Stories, Can LGBT + School = Safe?
2008        Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism, ed. Anita Harris, Routledge UP; contributed stills
2008        Democracy in America: The National Campaign, Creative Time, New York; contributor
2006        Girls in Trouble With the Law, by Laurie Schaffner, Rutgers UP; contributed stills
2004        “Voices in Time” photo essay with text; Feminist Studies (30.2)
2004        “Working between University and Community,” in Public Acts: Disruptive Readings on Making Curriculum Public by Erica Meiners; RoutledgeFalmer NY
2003        Becoming Cleopatra, by Francesca Royster, Palgrave Macmillan; contributed photos
1997         Beyond Beijing: The International Women's Movement Handbook, Beyondmedia; co-editor/stills
1995         "Performing Teen Motherhood on Video: Autoethnography as Counter-Discourse," in Getting a Life: Everyday Uses of Autobiography, co-edited by S. Smith and J. Watson; U of Minn Press
1995         Narrating Birthing: Technologies of "Self"-Replication and "Reality"-Construction, diss., Northwestern U.

 PRESENTATIONS (selected):

2017      Guest Artist, “Media Resistance to Police Violence with Podcasting,” Creating Justice Conference, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines IL
2017      Featured Guest, Live at the Heartland Radio
2016      Guest Artist, Present Absence installation, Roosevelt University, Chicago
2016      Organizer, Gone But Not Forgotten restorative justice quilting circles, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; Logan Center at the University of Chicago; Access Living; Trinity United Church of Christ
2016      Presenter, “Your Social Life: Using Smart Phones to Combat Cyberbullying,” NAEA, Chicago IL
2015      Guest Speaker, “Changing Values in Social Practice Art,” University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
2015      Panelist, “Collective Creativity,” Feminist Art Project/College Art Association, Museum of Arts and Design NY
2013      Panelist, “Youth Media: Mapping a Global Movement,” Digital Media and Learning Conference, Chicago IL
2012      Featured Guest, WBEZ (NPR affiliate) “Worldview”
2012      Featured Guest, Press Union of Liberia, Monrovia
2012      Featured Guest, “Art and Social Practice: Collaborating in Rural Malawi,” University of Brasilia, Brazil
2012      Panelist, “Transforming Scholarship and Advocacy: Women & Prisons,” 8th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, UIUC Champaign-Urbana
2012     Panelist, Knowledge XFR, Kellogg/Gravity Tank, Chicago
2011      Panelist, “Why Youth Media Matters,” Columbia College, Chicago
2011      Panelist, Digital Media and Learning Conference, Long Beach CA
2010     Panelist, Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, Chicago
2010     Presenter, Hollywood Images of Disability, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago
2009    Featured Guest, “Community Media and You,” CAN-TV
2009    Panelist, Museum of Contemporary Art Educators’ Salon, Chicago
2008    Panelist, Democracy in America: The National Campaign, Experimental Station; Creative Time, New York
2008    Panelist, “Can We Even Talk About ‘Social Media’?”, McCormick Tribune Center, Northwestern University
2008    Panelist, Making Your Media Matter, Center for Media & Social Impact, American Univ, Washington D.C.
2007    Panelist, “Local Reporting and Human Rights Abuses in Chicago,” University of Chicago
2007    Presenter, “Using Media in the Classroom to Teach about Race and Gender,” Chicago Int’l Film Festival
2006    Panelist, “Beyond Production: Distribution and Activism,” Contested Spaces: the global impact of community arts and media, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, U of Chicago,
2005    Guest Artist, “Voices on the Edge,” Gene Siskel Film Center, Art Institute of Chicago
2002    Panelist, “Media and Technology Interventions: Women and Girls Activism,” NWSA, Las Vegas
2000    Featured Guest, WBEZ (NPR affiliate) “848”
1999     Featured Guest Artist, "The Role of Media in Women's Struggle for Peace," The Peace Museum, Chicago
1996     United Nations Film Forum “One Year After Beijing” by special invitation, UN Headquarters, New York City