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Assoc Prof Chul Heo
Associate Professor, School of Art, Design and Media
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Chul Heo is a filmmaker and media scholar. Chul's interests symbiotically complement each other, as a theorist and artist, by combining theory and praxis, academia and industry, and fiction with nonfiction to improve our media culture. As a teacher, it is his goal to inspire the next generation of filmmakers and media scholars who can voice their creative visions in the mainstream as well as independent operatives.

Chul has directed three feature films which have been released in theaters nationwide in South Korea. The most recent fiction, “The Return” (2017), won the Golden Zenith Award, winner in the First Fiction World Competition at the 41st Montreal World Film Festival. His two nonfictional feature films, “Ari Ari the Korean Cinema” (2012) and “Mira Story” (2015), which made a national controversy in South Korea by raising the critical views on the role of the government and capitalistic power in filmmaking and local community respectively, and have been screened in international film festivals in Paris, Bhutan, Busan, and Irvine.

He has been very active in advocating marginalized voices in society by making more than fifteen short films both in Korea and America. Tackling Asian American identity issues, his debut film "Between Two Worlds" (1996/1998, 30 min.) triggered a national conversation about Asianness in the United States and received awards in Rochester International Film Festival, Asian Cinevision Video Showcase and Sinking Creek Film Festival. His various other short films received international recognitions and screenings in Paris, Riyadh, Taipei, Milano, Istanbul, New York City, Chicago, Williamstown, Davis, Rochester, Nashville, and San Francisco. Also, Chul participated in television documentaries and talk shows for PBS in New York City and MBC network in Korea as a director, producer, and host.

Prior to joining ADM at NTU, Chul taught various film and television courses in theory and practice at Korea University and San Francisco State University. He received his Ph.D. in media studies from the University of Iowa and M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY).
Chul's scholarly interests focus on the study of production culture and aesthetics of film and television with a critical cultural studies approach. In particular, he is interested in critical and aesthetic implications of the look and sound of film and television, e.g. production design and sound design. To understand production culture of film and television, he pays attention to people who make creative decisions to deal with production conventions, creative rights, constraints and possibility in their institutional contexts, and the imagined audience in production process.

Research areas
- Imagined Audience in Media Production
- Production Culture: Convention, Aesthetics, and Style
- Media and the Public Sphere
- Cultural Politics of Sound and Production Design
- Digital technology and Filmmaking Practices
- Production Culture of South East Asian Cinema and Korean Cinema
- Documentary: History, Theory, and Aesthetics

Selected Creative Works
Feature Films, Theatrical release nationwide.
- The Return (2017, 96 min., 4K HD), Director/Writer. Narrative feature. (in Korean w/English-French subtitles), Commercial release on Dec. 7, 2017; Golden Zenith Award, the 41st Montreal World Film Festival; Ulju Mountain Film Festival; Jeonju International Film Festival; Asian Film Festival of Dallas.
- Mira Story (2014/2015, 84 min., HD), Director/Writer/Producer. Documentary feature. (in Korean w/English subtitles), Commercial release on Jan. 15, 2015; Seoul Green Film Festival.
- Ari Ari the Korean Cinema (2011/2012, 83 min., HDV), Director/Writer/Producer. Documentary feature. (in Korean w/English subtitles). Commercial release on Dec. 10, 2012; Busan International Film Festival, Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival, Korean Film Festival in Bhutan; Paris Korean Film Festival

Short Films
- Like Me Like You (2021). Writer/Director. Vertical Cinema Showcase, 25th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Bucheon, Korea, July 8-18, 2021.
- The Secret of Hanji Craft (2014/2015, 10 min., HD), Producer/Director. Short film. (in Korean w/English-French subtitles), New FIFMA programme at Empreintes, France, Sep. 12 - Dec. 31, 2017; Singuliers Objets, Plessis Robinson, France, Dec. 09 - 10, 2017; Festival de Metiers d'art, Deauville, France, July 14-17, 2017; Revelation International Fine Craft & Creation Biennial 2017, Paris, France, May 2017.
- Kismet (2013, 30 min., HD), Producer/Director. (in Korean w/Turkish subtitles), Istanbul-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2013, Istanbul, Turkey. August 31-September 22, 2013.
- Constancy and Change in Korean Craft Arts (2013, 60 min., HD), Producer/Director. (in Korean w/English subtitles), Hidden Match ― An Exhibition of Korean Craft, National Museum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. November 24 - December 23, 2013; Taiwan International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo, Taipei, Taiwan. November 21-24, 2013; Milan Design Week, the Triennale Design Museum, Milano, Italy. April 9 - 14, 2013.
- The Job (2006, SD). Producer. thirteen 30-min. episodes for TVK-24, Comcast cable in Southern California. (In English)
- Between Two Worlds (1996/1998, 30 min., SD), Director/Writer/Producer. (In English), National broadcast on PBS in the United States, 1996. Distributed nationwide in America by UC Berkeley Center for Media and Independent Learning, 1998-2003; Rochester International Film Festival; Sinking Creek Film Festival; VideoScape Asian American Video Showcase; Busan Universiade for Digital Contents; Williams College; UC Davis Asian Pacific Film Fest; Korean American Film Festivals in San Francisco, Chicago, & NYC.
  • Production Culture in Southeast Asian Cinema: The Way Southeast Asian Filmmakers Tell Film Aesthetics and Cultural Practices in Film Production