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              Sociolography Blog Photography Contact Film Sociology About David Schalliol Home

              David makes short and feature-length documentary films about the human connection with place. Brief profiles of two of his major projects, The Area and Almost There, are presented below. Among other projects, he contributed the Chicago section of "Highrise: Out My Window," an interactive documentary that won the 2011 International Digital Emmy for Non-Fiction.

              David is a Scrappers Film Group (SFG) partner, with whom he recently directed a new short film for House Housing, an initiative of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center at Columbia University. Other collaborations with SFG include the documentation of Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and The Onion's A.V. Club's "Popcorn Politics: Candyman."

              The Area

              David is the director, cinematographer, and co-producer of The Area, a documentary film about a South Side Chicago neighborhood being demolished to make way for an intermodal freight yard. Since September 2011, residents have been living on borrowed time, maintaining friendships and traditions while struggling with new problems in their vanishing community.

              The feature-length film made its world premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2018. The award-winning first short from the project, featured below, was published by Gapers Block as part of its documentary film series, The Grid.

              The film is supported by the Graham Foundation, the Driehaus Foundation, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and IFP Documentary Labs. It is a production of Scrappers Film Group. Tax-deductible donations may be made to the film through its fiscal sponsor, Chicago Filmmakers.

              The production has been featured by Indiewire, Chicago Public Radio, South Side Weekly, Chicago magazine, New City and the Chicago Reader, among others.

              Visit The Area's website for updates about the project.

              Almost There

              David was the environmental cinematographer for the Kartemquin Films/ITVS production Almost There, which chronicles an 83-year-old artist's increasingly complex relationship with the film's co-directors, Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden. The film has screened at more than 30 film festivals and is in theaters now.

              Watch the trailer below, and learn more about David's approach to the film's environmental cinematography in interviews with Satellite Magazine and New City.

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