Peter Chelkowski

Cinematographer

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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IDA Spotlight: SocDoc Faculty Tips for New Projects
July 26, 2019

IDA Spotlight: SocDoc Faculty Tips for New Projects

One of our best jobs here at SVA's MFA in Social Documentary Program is advising our graduate students on their film ideas, helping them make their concepts strong. The idea stage can be invigorating, but successful films happen with thoughtful planning. We surveyed our esteemed faculty for suggestions on what filmmakers should consider as they embark on a new project. Read More
Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni
May 29, 2019

Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni

A great many SocDoc alumni films are recently streaming into the comfort of your home these days - so we compiled a list to make a TV party easy for you! Check out the work our alumni are making, and tell a friend. Read More
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