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ROBERT TUTAK

Professor of Film at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, graduate of the Lodz Film School of Poland, recipient of the Fulbright Foundation Grant in Film, and founder-president of the Manhattan Film Academy. His film credits include writing and directing three feature-length films as well as several short fiction films and documentaries. His work has been exhibited internationally: in Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland, among other countries, as well as in the United Sates, including the Museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York City.

   
Robert Tutak FILM PRODUCTION CREDITS
DIRECTING

Dubai: A City of Dreams
, 2010, 64 min./52 min (TV), HD, feature documentary on labor exploitation and human rights abuses in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Production: Manhattan Film Academy. Distribution: 7th Art Releasing, United States (North America); Upside Television, Paris, France (worldwide); Amazon.com (DVD, VOD)
 
Nobody's Perfect, 2003, 96 min., HD, independent feature film, starring Leonardo Nam (The Perfect Score, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift). Production: Tutak Films. Distribution: TLA Releasing; Amazon.com (DVD, VOD) 

Homework, live-action short, 2002. Production: Tutak Films. Release date: February 8, 2002, Triangle Television, New Zealand

ALFA, The Lightness of Being, 1996, documentary series on space exploration.  Production & distribution: Educational Programming, TVP1 (public television), Warsaw, Poland

The Subway, documentary short, 1992. Production: PTVN, New York City.  Distribution: Channel 31 WNYC-TV, New York City; TVP1, Warsaw, Poland

Pacifists, documentary short, 1991. Production: PTVN, New York City. Distribution: Channel 31 WNYC-TV, New York City; TVP1, Warsaw, Poland

Actor, documentary short, 1991. Production: PTVN, New York City. Distribution: Channel 31 WNYC-TV, New York City; TVP1, Warsaw, Poland

Posters, documentary short, 1991. Production: PTVN, New York City. Distribution: Channel 31 WNYC-TV, New York City; TVP1, Warsaw, Poland

Tomek, documentary short, 1990. Production: PTVN, New York City. Distribution: Channel 31 WNYC-TV, New York City; TVP1, Warsaw, Poland

Greenpoint Story, documentary short, 1990. Production: PTVN, New York City. Distribution: Channel 31 WNYC-TV, New York City; TVP1, Warsaw, Poland

Mecz (Match), a made-for-TV feature film (movie of the week), 16mm, 1988. Production: Centralna Wytwórnia Programów i Filmów Telewizyjnych Poltel [pl]. Distribution: TVP1 (public television), Warsaw, Poland. Release date: 1991. Awards: Best Actress (Joanna Szczepkowska), Polish Young Cinema, Gdansk, Poland, 1989

Cisza (Silence), documentary short, 1985, 35mm. Production & distribution: Educational Film Production House, Lódz, Poland

Swieto (Holiday), live-action short, 1985, 35mm. Production & distribution: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Twarz (The Face), documentary short, 1983, 35mm. Production & distribution: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Pragnienie (Thirst), live-action short, 1982, 35mm. Production & distribution: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Schadzka (An Assignation), TV drama, 1983. Production: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Sonia, TV drama, 1982. Production: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Rodzina (Family), documentary short, 1981, 35mm. Production: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Pani Marysia (Ms. Mary), documentary short, 1981, 16mm

SCREENWRITING (FICTION)

Nobody's Perfect
, 2003; produced: Tutak Films

Mecz (Match), 1988, produced, commissioned by TVP1, Warsaw, Poland

Parallax, 1996, Co-writer; un-produced

Till Death Do Us Part (in Polish), un-produced

SCREENWRITING (DOCS & SHORTS)

Ellis Island: Excluded & Deported, 2014, feature documentary; in production

Tadeusz Kosciuszko and the American Revolution, 2014, feature documentary; in preproduction

Dubai: A City of Dreams, feature documentary, 2008. Produced: Manhattan Film Academy

Jerzy Kosinski: The Painted Bird, 1993, feature documentary; un-produced; Omnibus, BBC TV, London

The Subway, 1992, documentary short; commissioned & produced: PTVN, New York

Pacifists, 1991, documentary short; commissioned & produced: PTVN, New York

Actor, documentary short, 1991; commissioned & produced: PTVN, New York

Posters, documentary short, 1991; commissioned & produced: PTVN, New York

Tomek, documentary short, 1990; commissioned & produced:  PTVN, New York

Greenpoint Story, documentary short, 1990; commissioned & produced: PTVN, New York

Cisza (Silence), documentary short, 1985, 35mm; produced: Educational Film Production House, Lódz, Poland

Swieto (Holiday), live-action short, 1985, 35mm; produced: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Twarz (The Face), documentary short, 1983, 35mm; produced: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Pragnienie (Thirst), live-action, 1982, 35mm; produced: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Schadzka (An Assignation), TV drama, 1983; produced: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Sonia, TV drama, 1982; produced: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Rodzina (Family), documentary short, 1981, 35mm; Produced: The Lodz Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT)

Pani Marysia (Ms. Mary), documentary short, 1981, 16mm; produced

PRODUCING

Ellis Island: Excluded & Deported, 2014, feature documentary, executive producer. In production

Tadeusz Kosciuszko and the American Revolution, 2014, feature documentary, executive producer. In pre-production

Dubai: A City of Dreams, feature documentary, 2008, executive producer. Produced: Manhattan Film Academy

Nobody's Perfect, independent feature film, 2002, executive producer. Produced: Tutak Films

Homework, 2002, live-action short, executive producer.  Produced: Tutak Films

Ethnic and Racial Jokes, 2002, documentary feature film teaser, produce. Produced: Tutak Films

EDITING

Dubai: A City of Dreams
, 2010

Nobody's Perfect, 2002

Homework, 2002

The Subway, co-editor, New York, 1992

Pacifists, co-editor, New York, 1991

Actor, co-editor, New York, 1991

Posters, co-editor, New York, 1991

Tomek, co-editor, New York, 1990

Greenpoint Story, co-editor, New York, 1990

Cisza (Silence), co-editor, 20 min.; 35mm, 1985

Swieto (Holiday), co-editor, 35mm, 1985

Twarz (The Face), co-editor, 35mm, 1983

Pragnienie (Thirst), co-editor, 35mm, 1982

Schadzka (An Assignation), TV drama, videotaped, co-editor, 1983

Sonia, TV drama, co-editor, 1982

Rodzina (Family), co-editor, 35mm, 1981

Pani Marysia (Ms. Mary), 16mm, 1981

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Dubai: A City of Dreams, 2010

Tadeusz Kosciuszko and the American Revolution, teaser, 2003

Nobody's Perfect, 2002

Homework, 2002

OTHER

Second Unit Director, Random Acts of Variety, HBO, comedy show opening, 35mm, New York, 1990; production: (Colossal) Pictures, New York; (dir. Lidia Przyluska); distribution: HBO

Still Photographer, Ocean Spray, commercial featuring Bobby McFerrin, 35mm, San Francisco, 1990; agency: North Castle Partners, Stamford, CT; production: (Colossal) Pictures, San Francisco (dir. Drew Moto Takahashi); distribution: North Castle Partners Agency/Ocean Spray.

DISPLAY OF WORK
chronologicaly (tap to expend/collapse)

Dubai: A City of Dreams
, broadcast on Spiegel TV Wissen, Germany, 2014

Dubai: A City of Dreams, broadcast on cable television TVI, Portugal, 2014

Dubai: A City of Dreams, broadcast on cable television IRIB Iran, 2013

Dubai: A City of Dreams, broadcast on cable television RTL TVI Belgium, 2013

Dubai: A City of Dreams, screening at the 7th Annual United Nations Association Film Festival Traveling Festival, Carroll University, Waukesha, Wis.; United Nations Association Waukesha Chapter, 2012

Dubai: A City of Dreams, broadcast on cable television PLANETE, Canal + television, Poland, 2012

Dubai: A City of Dreams, broadcast on cable television RSI LA 2 Radiotelevisione swizzera, Switzerland, 2012

Dubai: A City of Dreams, screening at Kumu Doumentaal, Eesti Kunstimuuseum (Art Museum of Estonia), Tallin, Estonia, 2011

Dubai: A City of Dreams, screening at the 14th United Nations Association Film Festival, East Palo Alto, Calif, 2011

Dubai: A City of Dreams, screening at the Fifth Annual New Orleans Middle East Film Festival, New Orleans, 2011

Mecz (Match), broadcast on Polish Public Television, TVP1, Warsaw, Poland, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999 & 2011

Tadeusz Kosciuszko and the American Revolution, trailer, in the permanent collection of the Kosciuszko House Museum in Kosava, Belarus (donation of the United States Embassy, Minsk, Belarus), 2011

Dubai: A City of Dreams, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China, Theme: Documentaries Tell the Best Stories -- International Docs Journey into Campus: (1) South Sun Yat-sen University; (2) South China University of Technology; (3) Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, 2010

Dubai: A City of Dreams, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China; Sapphire Arts Space & Galaxy Cinema, 2010

Dubai: A City of Dreams, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Docs for Sale, 2010

Dubai: A City of Dreams, trailer, GRITtv with Laura Flanders (Free Speech TV, Dish Network, DIRECTV), 2010

Dubai: A City of Dreams, American Film Market, LA, November 2010;

Dubai: A City of Dreams, Marche du Film, Cannes Film Festival, May 2010

Twarz (The Face), Cultural Center, Cluj, Romania, 2008

Twarz (The Face), la Cinemateca Romana, Bucharest, Romania, 2008

Twarz (The Face), Cinetheque du Fresnoy (Studio national des arts contemporains), France, Films Courts, l'Ecole de Lodz, organized in collaboration with MoMA NYC, 2004

Twarz (The Face), International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, November, 2004

Nobody's Perfect, Anthology Film Archives, 2003

Nobody's Perfect, Marche du Film, Cannes Film Festival, France, 2003

Homework, Triangle Television, New Zealand, 2002

Nobody's Perfect, Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2002

Thirst & The Face, Cleveland Cinematheque, Retrospective of the Lodz Film School of Poland, 2001

Thirst & The Face, Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA, Retrospective of the Lodz Film School of Poland, 2001

Thirst & The Face, Santa Fe Cinematheque, Retrospective of the Lodz Film School of Poland, 2001

The Face, UCLA Film and Television Archives, Retrospective of the Lodz Film School of Poland, November, 1999

Thirst & The Face, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Retrospective of the Lodz Film School of Poland, January, 1999

Thirst, Channel 1 TVP (public television), Warsaw, Poland, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1992

The Subway & Pacifists, Channel 1 TVP (public television), Warsaw, Poland, 1992

The Subway, Channel 31 WNYC-TV, New York, 1992

Actor & Posters, Channel 1 TVP (public television), Warsaw, Poland, 1991

Pacifists, Actor, Posters and Tomek, Channel 31 WNYC-TV, New York, 1991

Thirst, Film/Video Arts, Inc,, New York, 1991

Ethnic and Racial Jokes (doc; work-in-progress), The Twelfth Independent Feature Film Market, New York, 1991

Random Acts of Variety, HBO, nationwide (USA), 1990-1993

Thirst, Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco, 1990

Tomek & Greenpoint Story, TVP1, Warsaw, Poland, 1990

Tomek & Greenpoint Story, Channel 31 WNYC-TV, New York, 1990

Match, Festival of Polish Feature Films, Gdansk, Poland, 1989

Thirst & Match, The Young Polish Cinema, Gdansk, Poland, 1989

Thirst, Cleveland International Film Festival, 1989

Thirst, European Film Festival, Poland and Stuttgart, Germany, 1989

Thirst, Film Arts Foundation Film Festival, San Francisco, 1989

Thirst, Polish Institute of Paris, France, 1989

Thirst, San Francisco Art Institute Film Festival, 1989

Thirst & The Face, Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen, Germany, Following the festival, a yearlong tour of Germany as part of the "Polish Retrospective," 1988

The Face, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (German public television network), Mainz, Germany, 1986

Thirst & The Face, Koszalin Meetings, International Festival of Young Cinema, Koszalin, Poland, 1986

Thirst & The Face, Polnische Kurzfilme - Tour of Germany, Films were shown in art houses and on campuses in Berlin, Hanover, Frankfurt, Cologne, Bremen, Osnabruck, Freiburg and Bielefeld, Organized by junges forum Reclinghausen, West Germany, 1986

Thirst, Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques, Paris, 1985

Thirst, Third International Festival of Non-Commercial Art, Wroclaw, Poland, 1985

Thirst and The Face, International Film Festival, Munich, 1984

Thirst, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (German public television network), Mainz, Germany, 1984

Thirst, International Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 1983

Thirst, International Film Students Meeting, Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia, organized by Centre International de Liaisons des Ecoles du Cinema et Television (International Center of Liasons of Cinema and Television Schools), 1983

In addition to the above, Robert's work Thirst (Pragnienie) and Match (Mecz) has been shown in courses on both the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as in masters classes in film, at New York University, New York; Columbia University, New York; School of Visual Arts, New York; Brooklyn College, New York; College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco; Royal College of Art, London (UK); and the Lódz Film School of Poland.

 

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