I’m David Tarleton. I’m a filmmaker. I make films, television shows, new media productions, theatre, art, music. I am a partner in Tarleton/Dawn Productions.


I am an Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago, where I teach film editing, directing, and visual effects to graduate and undergraduate students.


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Current/Recent Projects:

I was VFX Supervisor for the award-winning feature documentary Head Games, directed by Steve James, best known for directing Hoop Dreams, and produced by award-winning filmmaker Bruce Sheridan. I also edited a trailer. It was an exciting project to work on, and the subject matter is timely and important - concussions and head trauma in sports.

I’m currently in post-production for the all-greenscreen fantasy film The Photographist: A Tale of Light and Shadow, inspired by the short story “The Shadow,” by Hans Christian Andersen. I am producer/director, and it’s been an exciting journey so far.

I’m the producer/director/DP/editor of the new media series Dorkumentary. It’s an improv comedy show I make with my wife, Adria Dawn.

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I am a producer and a director for the new stereoscopic 3D television series called “Dark Secrets,” for the cable channel 3Net. It premiered in December, 2013, and has been in rotation on 3Net and playing on TV around the world. It is also currently streaming on Netflix.

I have a book review in the July/August issue as well as the January/February issue of CineMontage.

I am directing a new feature film called Hunter in Chicago. We are currently in post-production. I’m collaborating with a great cast and crew, and it’s been an exciting journey so far.