Search
News
View full story geemay.jpg

story

Apr 17, 2014

Design major gets zombie's reception at her former school

View details CIA's Traveling Sketchbooks make a last stop at MOCA

events

Mar 15, 2014 @ MOCA Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

CIA's Traveling Sketchbooks make a last stop at MOCA

View full story mcpbrianbendisfinalrmuller414.jpg

story

Apr 16, 2014

CIA's 'focused workshop environment' paid off

View details Dinner by Design – Art of the Table, and a runway show

cia exhibition

Mar 28, 2014

Dinner by Design – Art of the Table, and a runway show

View Link

social

about 3 hours ago via Facebook

Nicky Nodjoumi, the Iranian-American artist whose large-scale works are on view in CIA’s Reinberger Galleries through May 3, talked to WCPN's David C. Barnett about his career, his artwork, and his leaving Iran. Come check out the show and listen to the interview here: http://ow.ly/vTWIA.

View full story abbeyblake.jpg

story

Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

View details The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

cia exhibition

Mar 28, 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

View full story mihaltianu.jpg

story

Apr 11, 2014

Romanian visiting artist brings new perspective to CIA

View details 2014 Biomedical Art Spring Show

cia exhibition

Apr 14, 2014 @ University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH

2014 Biomedical Art Spring Show

View details picresized1396287435rocket2.jpg

blog

Apr 15, 2014

4/17-19: Benicio Del Toro in Jimmy P, Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief & more!

View full story princeton-reviewcopy.jpg

story

Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

View details 2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

cia exhibition

Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

News . Feature Stories . LA Filmmaker Remembers CIA Roots

News

April 01, 2012

LA Filmmaker Remembers CIA Roots

Latest Movie Premiere Brings Filmmaker Home

LA Filmmaker Remembers CIA Roots

Los Angeles-based filmmaker John Chuldenko ’98 came back to his hometown in March 2012 to premiere his latest movie, Nesting, to packed houses of enthusiastic film buffs on opening night of the 36th Cleveland International Film Festival.

Amid the excitement, he took a moment to talk about the influence of his CIA education on his career.

What was your experience like at CIA?
I worked in advertising throughout my college years. (The late) Professor Dave London told me I should write, which, admittedly, is odd to hear at an art school. But I took his advice and it’s really served me well.

How did your time at CIA prepare you for your film career?
You know, critiques never really stop. It’s important to learn to talk about your work in a compelling way. In my career, the professors have been replaced by journalists and audience members, but the skill set is the same. I also think CIA is a place where you can be free to explore a little, and try disciplines that might seem unrelated to your major. That’s a good thing. You never know where ideas will come from; often it’s not where you’d expect. I studied glass with (Professor) Brent Young for a bit and I still consider it some of my most rewarding time at the Institute.

What did you learn in Graphic Design that helps you in your career today?
Critical thinking is stressed at CIA, and those skills help when you need to solve creative challenges.

Your father is Illustration Professor John Chuldenko. Did he play a role in your career?
He’s a good guy to have in your corner. Dad is always supportive of the creative endeavors of my sister (painter Sarah Chuldenko Reynolds ’99) and me. As anyone familiar with my dad knows, he’s always willing to offer a critique.

What was it like premiering your movie at the Cleveland International Film Festival and, beyond the film festival, when and where can people catch it?
It was a perfect scenario to bring the movie to a festival that has such an amazing audience turn out. It was also quite special for me to screen it in my hometown.
Nesting was in theaters this May and is now available on demand and through iTunes.

What do you hope people will take away from your movie?
More than anything, I hope people enjoy watching it. I made this movie for audiences; it’s a comedy about where Generation X ended up, which, turns out, is at Pottery Barn. I hope people have a good time.

YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Flickr

Social Feed

360 Degrees of Sight + Sound = CIA animations + @cim_edu compositions in @goCMNH's Planetarium. Thanks @Kristel_CLE: http://t.co/YJKce8jLJD!

41 minutes ago via Twitter

Sign up for our alumni + friends newsletter

Arrow

Questions?

For more information about this or other CIA news, contact us here.

Read More

Pre-College Program

Sharpen your artistic skills at CIA's Pre-College Program this summer.

Read More

Nicky Nodjoumi and Dinner by Design exhibitions

CIA welcomes spring with two very different shows opening on March 28.

Read More

Cores + Connections

Learn more about CIA's proven method for academic and professional excellence.