Cari Callis - Columbia College Chicago

Cari Callis

Associate Professor


Cari Callis is an Associate Professor in Cinema and Television Arts and teaches both Graduate and Undergraduate courses in Screenwriting and Development.She’s a novelist, poet and screenwriter and serves on the board of The Film and Video Journal. Her most recent publication is in the book series, American Horror Story and Philosophy: Life is But a Nightmare in a chapter called “Voodoo Hoodoo” The award winning short film Towing that she wrote has screened in film fests around the world and was recently sold for international distribution. Currently, she’s in development on the feature script of Towing, a novel about Marie Leveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, and a chapter in The Handmaid’s Tale and Philosophy. She has an undergraduate degree in Fiction from Columbia College Chicago and a graduate degree in Creative Writing from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Instructional Areas

Screenwriting I, II, and III, Foundations, Adaptation, Women Screenwriters, Vampire Films, Horror, Screen Treatment and Presentation, The S/hero's Journey, Development Practicum, MFA Sc. I, Bootcamp and Thesis advisor.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Poetry, Haiku films, Myazaki, The History of Reggae Music, Feminist Philosophy, Buddhism, Shinto, Voodoo, Vampires and Myth.