John Otterbacher

Faculty - Film

After graduating with a Master of Science in Communications from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, John Otterbacher moved to Chicago where he splits his time between teaching and filmmaking. Otterbacher has mainly worked as a producer and cinematographer specializing in independent film/tv/new media and work for non-profit organizations. As a college instructor, Otterbacher has taught at a number of institutions and is currently coordinator for the Cinematography program at Flashpoint Chicago. He is a board member and serves as Vice President for IFP Chicago and is a member of the Education Advisory Committee for Cinema/Chicago. Officially Limited and Father Burke’s Boss Battle are John’s most recent projects.

Education: BA Film & MS Communications Grand Valley State University, MFA Film Vermont College of FIne Arts

Degree Program Area : Film

Everything Film, predominantly, Cinematography, Advanced Topics: Production, Advanced Topics: Tech, Documentary, Business of FIlm

Professional Titles: Vice President and Membership Chair of IFP Chicago, Education Advisory Committee member for Cinema/Chicago

Areas of Expertise: Cinematography and Independent Film Production


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