Dan Rybicky - Columbia College Chicago

Dan Rybicky

Associate Professor



Cinema and Television Arts Associate Professor Dan Rybicky designs and teaches courses in documentary, critical studies, screenwriting, and producing. As a filmmaker, Dan won numerous awards for producing and co-directing ITVS/Kartemquin Films' critically-acclaimed feature documentary Almost There, which screened at over thirty festivals before being distributed theatrically, digitally, and on public television in 2016. Dan's latest short documentary about health care filmed in (and titled) Accident, MD was broadcast on PBS/Independent Lens in January 2019 after premiering in May 2018 at the Maryland Film Festival's Opening Night Shorts Gala. The New Yorker magazine called Dan's film a highlight of the festival, writing: "Accident, MD is the passionate work of a civic-minded filmmaker who, in the midst of a Presidential campaign that was fueled by outlandishly deceptive claims, channels his bewilderment into action; in presenting the insidious power of political propaganda and its irrational effect, it does more in its nineteen-minute span to explain the election of a flamboyantly enraged liar than most daily newspaper accounts." After receiving his BA at Vassar College and his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dan began working with and consulting in various production capacities for Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, and John Leguizamo. Dan was recently a consulting producer on The Area, which premiered in April 2018 at the Full Frame Documentary Festival, and he is currently producing Genius of a Different Hue, a new feature documentary about the history of black advertising in development with Kartemquin Films.

Instructional Areas

Cinema and Television Arts classes in Documentary, Critical Studies, Screenwriting, and Producing.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Fiction and Non-Fiction Filmmaking


B.A., Drama and English Vassar College 1989
M.F.A., Dramatic Writing New York University 1992