Kristin Pichaske, Associate Professor

Kristin Pichaske is a non-fiction writer, media-maker and YouTube strategist with a passion for telling stories designed for impact.  Her work as a documentary film producer, director and cinematographer has been honored with an Emmy, a National Federation of Press Women award, and dozens of screenings and awards at international film festivals. She has directed and produced several independent documentaries, and helped write and produce a 100-part series for Lucasfilm/Paramount Pictures. In 2004, she moved to Cape Town, South Africa, on a Fulbright fellowship and for four years, she remained in Africa shooting documentaries, and teaching at the University of Cape Town and to disadvantaged youth in the city’s townships.  She recently released her latest feature-length documentary Zuluhoops.  She serves as a consultant to some of Chicago’s top documentarians, helping to craft online content that is searchable, sharable, and inspires action.

Dr. Pichaske has a BS in Journalism & Communications from Northwestern University, a Masters in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town.


Mat Rappaport, Associate Professor

Mat Rappaport is an artist, educator and video-maker. Mat Rappaport’s art work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals and public spaces including the United Kingdom and the former Yugoslavia. His current work utilizes mobile video, performance and photography to explore habitation, perception and power as related to built environments. Rappaport is a co-initiator of V1B3 [], which seeks to shape the experience of urban environments through media based interventions.

Rappaport has published essays in the iDMAa Journal and a chapter in the book Beyond Globalization: Making New Worlds in Media, Art and Social Practices by Rutgers University Press. Rappaport’s photographic work is included in the Midwest Photographer’s Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. He has received fellowships from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Howard Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund, the Montgomery County Ohio Cultural District, and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies.

Rappaport’s commercial work includes projects for Ford, Mazda, Ski-doo, Chrysler, Syfy Network, and McDonalds. Rappaport received his MFA from the University of Notre Dame and is an Associate Professor in the Television Department at Columbia College – Chicago where he coordinates the Motion Graphics and Internet and Mobile Media curricula, and serves as graduate faculty in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department.

tvlab Student Fellows 16/17

Jeff Borowiak, BA (2016)
Hi! My name is Jeff Borowiak and I’m from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I transferred to Columbia with an associates degree in graphic design and I’m glad to say that I will be graduating this fall with a major in Cinema Art + Science and a minor in Motion Graphics. I’ve had a lot of experiences at Columbia such as editing a D3: Dungeon and Dragons film, projection mapping, and have created a number of animations. To learn about and develop VR videos is another item to add to that list. With this experience I hope to work as a motion graphic designer creating title sequences and character animations, preferably for animated comedy series.   

Miguel Estrada

Saiyna Bashir, Graduate Fellow

C. Dallas Golden, Undergraduate Fellow

Past Fellows

tvlab Student Fellows 2015/14
Robert-Carnilius, Graduate Fellow

Robert Carnilius received a BA in Mass Media Production with a double minor in Film studies and Graphic Design and Illustration from Salisbury University, Maryland and is currently working towards a MFA in Film writing and directing at Columbia College Chicago. In films, Robert enjoys working with uncomfortable subjects and presenting an array of characters outside the social norm. He wants to engage the audience and encourage them to approach any given topic with a new perspective. Robert also volunteers and is an activist in the LGBTQ community and is also a graphic designer, illustrator, and animator.