Killian Heilsberg - Columbia College Chicago

Killian Heilsberg

Adjunct Professor of Instruction


Killian Heilsberg is an independent stop-motion filmmaker with 21 years of teaching experience in film production, history, theory, and communications. Passionate about Japanese transgressive cinema, she loves experimenting with form and aesthetics in her work. She explores many themes, especially varying definitions of strength, power struggles, transparency, and vulnerability. Killian loves teaching. She learns more and more the more she works with students. Curiosity and hard work are vital to creativity and she is grateful to help students discover the joy in all of what we do.

Instructional Areas

Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematic Aesthetics, Ethics, Film Theory, Visual Communication, World Building, Transmedia, Stop Motion Animation production, Animation history, Animation Aesthetics

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Japanese Cinema, Underground Filmmaking, Transgressive Cinema, Japanese Culture and Language, Kitchen Sink Films, Horror Films, Comic Books, Sequential Storytelling, Yokai


M.F.A., Broadcasting Cinema & Theatre University of North Carolina 1998