A word from founder Dan Pal:

Thanks for visiting!  My film work includes Scotty Works OUT, a short I wrote, produced, and directed in 2013, its 2014 follow-up Scotty & Josh Get Enlightened and 2015’s Another Party With Scotty.  I am also Executive Producer of Searching For Venice, written and directed by Jason Knade.

In November 2015 I directed a staged reading of Somebody to Love, the year’s Great Gay Contest winner, written by Jay Cipriani.

I am also a company member of Pride Films & Plays in Chicago.  Check out our website:

Other related work includes several years reviewing films for WDCB (90.9 FM, Glen Ellyn, IL.)  My education background includes a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago and fifteen+ years of experience teaching film.  Courses taught include: 

-Film History

-Film Appreciation

-Intro to Screenwriting

-Classical Hollywood Film        Structure

-Documentary Production

-The Big Picture:  The             Entertainment Industry

-New Media and Culture

-History of Film Editing

-Film Philosophy

-Film Aesthetics

-Writing For TV 

-Film Festivals Workshop

I  have also developed and taught the following special topic courses:

-The Films of Alfred Hitchcock -Oscar-Winning Films 

-Film Directors:  Today’s Mavericks

-The Films of Woody Allen

-The Films of the Coen Brothers

-Oscar-Winning Actors

-Film Directors:  International Mavericks

-The Films of Aronofsky, Kaufman, Jonze, & P.T. Anderson 

-The Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

-The Films of Richard Linklater

-LGBT Films

I currently teach at DePaul University and Moraine Valley Community College.    I welcome any feedback or comments.  Feel free to email me at

Dan Pal


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