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D.P. (Dave) CARLSON of Film Foetus, Inc. is an award winning independent filmmaker who's career started in Chicago in 1988.  Carlson's work as a producer/director has been screened nationwide at film festivals, art houses, universities, and on television. 


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 documentary feature "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 processes of  Adrian Belew and The Bears,

Joe Frank & Paul Stanley from KISS.

His corporate & broadcast work includes directing documentaries for a variety of clients: Warner Bros Home Video, Walgreen Co, MOJO, IN-HD, CSTV, and FoxSportsNet. 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.

D.P. Carlson

D.P. Carlson


Behind-the-scenes with Roger Ebert & D.P. Carlson   for "Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River".


Some of the people D.P. Carlson has interviewed include: Danny Ainge, Coach Barry Alvarez, Adrian Belew, Coach Jim Boeheim, Chris Bosch, Michelle Branch, Roz Brewer, Chris Chelios, Chet Coppock, David Cross, Eddy Curry, Mayor Richard M. Daley, George Daniels, Rick Danko, Andrew Davis, Paula Deen, Dana Delany, Willie Dixon, Coach Anson Dorrance, Drake, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Senator Dick Durbin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Roger Ebert, Fergie, Tony Fitzpatrick, Joe Frank, Coach Hayden Fry, Tyson Gay, Ira Glass, Philip Glass, John Goodman, Jeff Gordon, Stuart Gordon, Buddy Guy, Tony Gwynn, Kirk Hinrich, Scoop Jackson, Coach Mark Johnson, Terry Kinney, John Landis, Queen Latifah, David Lee, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, John Malkovich, Michael Mann, Eli Manning, Kevin Matthews, Coach John McDonnell, Doc McGhee, John McNaughton, Meatloaf, Gary Meier, Lamar Odom, Coach Ara Parseghian, Alexander Payne, Coach 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, Dwyane Wade, Joe Walsh, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Coach Bruce Weber, Charlie Weiss, Haskell Wexler, Mark Whalberg, Johnny Winter,  Coach John Wooden, Grace Zabriskie.


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