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 am producing and directing the new multimedia production “Dorkumentary Live!” at Stage 773 in Chicago with my wife, Adria Dawn, who is writing and starring. This comedic variety show should be a blast for everyone. Come out and see!