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 Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago, where I am head of Editing and Postproduction and teach film directing and editing 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 was a producer and a director for the stereoscopic 3D television series “Dark Secrets,” for the cable channel 3Net. It has played on TV around the world and on Netflix.

I have some book reviews in 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.

I am a producer on the upcoming feature documentary Safe Zone, directed by Jodie Livingston and Marco Bollinger. The film is a feature documentary about resilience of women and girls caught in the chaos of the Syrian refugee crisis. It’s been an honor to work on such a project.

I recently produced and directed the new multimedia production “Dorkumentary Live!” at Stage 773 in Chicago with my wife, Adria Dawn, who wrote and starred in it. The show went great, and we’re exploring finding a new home for the production.