D.P. CARLSON, CEO of Film Foetus, is an award winning filmmaker who has produced & directed many independent shorts and feature length programs. He has been making movies since the age of eight and has been established in the Chicago film and video scene since 1988. His work has been screened nationwide in film fests and art houses and has been a special guest at festivals, universities and on television.

Carlson’s corporate & broadcast work includes directing documentaries for a variety of clients: Walgreen Co, MOJO, IN-HD, CSTV, FoxSportsNet and Warner Bros Home Video. He has been a cameraman on specials for Discovery Channel, PBS, MSNBC, American Movie Classics, BET, The Learning Channel and National Geographic Television. In addition, he has shot Bravo Profiles for Billy Bob Thornton and Rod Steiger.

His early independent work includes directing several music video programs within the Chicago Blues scene and for iconic WORD JAZZ artist Ken Nordine. He has helped lens a documentary portrait of the Dalai Lama and created the critically acclaimed CHICAGO FILMMAKERS ON THE CHICAGO RIVER. In 1999, Carlson received the Panavision sponsored Founders Award given to the Most Promising Midwest Filmmaker, and in 2001 the Gene Siskel Film Center presented a retrospective of his work for the Starring Chicago film series.

Carlson’s recent films have focused on the creative process of his personal idols: Adrian Belew, Joe Frank & Paul Stanley. He is currently writing several scripts including a coming of age story based on his experience as a gravedigger.

Haskell Wexler with D.P. Carlson behind-the-scenes while shooting



Some of the people D.P. Carlson has interviewed include: Danny Ainge, Barry Alvarez, Adrian Belew, Jim Boeheim, Chris Bosch, Michelle Branch, Chris Chelios, Chet Coppock, David Cross, Eddy Curry, Mayor Richard M. Daley, George Daniels, Rick Danko, Andrew Davis, Paula Deen, Dana Delany, Willie Dixon, Anson Dorrance, Drake, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Roger Ebert, Fergie, Tony Fitzpatrick, Joe Frank, Hayden Fry, Tyson Gay, Ira Glass, Philip Glass, John Goodman, Jeff Gordon, Stuart Gordon, Buddy Guy, Tony Gwynn, Kirk Hinrich, Scoop Jackson, Mark Johnson, Terry Kinney, John Landis, Queen Latifah, David Lee, John Malkovich, Michael Mann, Eli Manning, Kevin Matthews, John McDonnell, Doc McGhee, John McNaughton, Meatloaf, Gary Meier, Lamar Odom, Ara Parseghian, Alexander Payne, Rick Pitino, Harold Ramis, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Kurt Russell, John Salley, Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Santana, Harry Shearer, Gene Siskel, John Smith, Kenny Stabler, Rod Steiger, Styx, Frank Tarkenton, Billy Bob Thornton,  Dwyane Wade, Joe Walsh, Bruce Weber, Charlie Weiss, Haskell Wexler, Mark Whalberg, Johnny Winter,  John Wooden, Grace Zabriskie.