Search
News
View full story -4ea84d4f1e62596d.jpg

story

Jul 22, 2014

CIA grad's iconic monument to be rededicated

View details 2014 Student Summer Show

cia exhibition

May 19, 2014

2014 Student Summer Show

View full story rmblueblockparty2.0panoramafinalstatecopyrightrobertmullerhi.jpg

story

Jul 22, 2014

Thursday night concert series rocks CIA's neighborhood

View details 60 Looney Tunes cartoons coming to the Cinematheque

events

Jul 05, 2014

60 Looney Tunes cartoons coming to the Cinematheque

View Link

social

a day ago via Facebook

The "small and mighty" Cleveland Institute of Art is profiled in this blog post from Art. College. Life. Read more about us in the article below.

View full story edward.jpg

story

Jul 11, 2014

Hispanic teen mentored by 2012 grad has hopeful future at CIA

View details Visiting printmaker Hamanishi demonstrates mezzotint technique

events

Jul 27, 2014

Visiting printmaker Hamanishi demonstrates mezzotint technique

View full story cc32.jpg

story

Jun 25, 2014

Cuyahoga County unveils county seal designed by CIA student

View details 2014 Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception

cia exhibition

Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception

View details gSsudieC9vs.jpg

blog

Jul 22, 2014

Manakamana (2013) trailer

View full story princeton-reviewcopy.jpg

story

Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

View details Fall 2014 Open House

events

Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

News . Feature Stories . Communication Design Alum Premieres Movie at Film Festival

News

March 28, 2012

Communication Design Alum Premieres Movie at Film Festival

John Chuldenko's movie "Nesting" kicks off the prestigious Cleveland International Film Festival.

Communication Design Alum Premieres Movie at Film Festival

Cleveland native and filmmaker John Chuldenko ’98 has come back to his hometown to premiere his movie at the opening night of the 36th Cleveland International Film Festival. He took a moment to answer a few questions about his time at CIA and the influence his education had on his career. He also happens to be the son of CIA illustration professor and department chair John Chuldenko.

What was your experience like at CIA?

I worked in advertising throughout my college years. I studied in England for a bit, but spent most of my time at CIA. I had a professor, Dave London, at CIA who said "You 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 Brent Young for a bit and I still consider it some of my most rewarding time at the Institute.

What did you learn from your professors in communication designto help you launch your career?
I think critical thinking is stressed at CIA, and those skills help when you need to solve creative challenges.

Will your movie be premiering at the CIFF for the first time ever?
It will! “Nesting” will hit theaters and Video-On-Demand, and iTunes May 11th, so it was a perfect scenario to bring the movie here [Cleveland] to a festival that has such an amazing audience turn out. It's also quite special for me to screen it in my hometown.

How did your movie get chosen for the opening night?

I got a call from Bill Guentzler, the artistic director of the festival. He said they'd like to screen the movie for opening night, and I was very flattered. I think a comedy is a great way to start the festival.

Did your father play a role in your career? If so, how?

He's a good guy to have in your corner. Dad is always supportive of the creative endeavors of my sister and I. As anyone familiar with my dad knows, he's always willing to offer a critique.

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!

Photo: John Chuldenko (left)

YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Flickr Pinterest Instagram

Social Feed

Internationally recognized designer Haishan Deng joins CIA to lead the renowned transportation design program: http://t.co/LGvXnQXXzI

5 days 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

Community Works

Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.

Read More

Support CIA

Show the world creativity matters: make a gift to the annual fund.

Read More

Cores + Connections

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