Peter Chelkowski


Peter Chelkowski, Cinematographer

Classes taught:
Cinematography and Sound II

Peter works as a director, producer and cinematographer. He spent most of 2015-16 traveling the globe shooting a new documentary series for Robert Redford, Mark Benjamin and Paul Allen about Crimes against the ocean, premiering this fall on Animal Planet. When not on the sea, he directs commercials as Weiss&Ski. Within the last years he shot commercials for Coca-Cola, Puma, Lancaster and Abercrombie & Fitch. He always incorporates the documentary aesthetic in his fiction work. His films have screened at Silverdocs, Taos Talking Pictures, the Whitney Biennial, Berlin and the American Film Institute. He earned his MFA in film directing from NYU/Tisch school the Arts in 2001.

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Spring Festivals!
April 04, 2019

Spring Festivals!

Festival season is ramping up and our prolific SocDoc alum are screening at major festivals across North America. Here’s a rundown of where SocDocers and their films are at over the next few months:  Read More
2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 29, 2019

2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 8) are invited to apply for the second annual SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.

Acknowledging that emerging documenta Read More
March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops
February 12, 2019

March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops

We've got two weekend workshops coming up in March to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills. Read More