Ron Falzone is an award-winning screenwriter and associate professor in Directing and Cinema Studies in Cinema and Televison Arts. The host of two screening series, Falzone is a twelve-time Artist in Residence at The Ragdale Foundation and a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Screenwriting as well as IAC Finalist Awards for his screenplays Hope’s Dash and Unity in Love. Films he has written and/or co-produced have screened in festivals around the world including the Cannes Film Festival Short Films Corner, Chicago International Film Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Friars Club Film Festival and LA Shorts Comedy Festival. Current projects include co-producing with Michael Caplan and writing the feature film Unity in Love, and working with Julian Grant on an animated version of his feature screenplay Coriander and a Penny's Worth of Lonesome. Prior to moving into film, Falzone spent 20 years in the theater where, among other positions, he served as artistic coordinator of the Organic Theater, producing director for City Lit Theater, and artistic director for both The Chamber and Open Circle Theater Company. Among his publications are monographs on the filmmakers Harold Ramis, Todd Solondz, Margarethe von Trotta and Patrice Chereau. Falzone holds an MFA in Directing from the School of Speech at Northwestern University and a BA in Film from Columbia College Chicago.
Cinema Studies, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Melodrama, Films of the 1940s and 1950s, Douglas Sirk, Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges, Michael Powell, Otto Preminger, Ernst Lubitsch
Creative Practice and Research Interests
The history and politics of the Academy Awards, Nazi Germany, Mid-Century American Cinema, Romantic Comedy.