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Visiting Fellow, 2021 – 2022

Ben Kolak


Ben Kolak is a documentary cinematographer and director whose first feature, Scrappers, made critic Roger Ebert’s list of the top documentaries for 2010. His other cinematography credits include both seasons of the Netflix series Ugly Delicious, the PBS web series Central Standard: On Education, and The A.V. Club web series Popcorn Politics. His video work has appeared in the New York Times, NPR, Univision, Al-Jazeera, Vice, Euronews, and the Wall Street Journal. He has worked in stereoscopic 3-D, shooting Westermann, a feature documentary. In 2018, Kolak became a licensed and insured UAV drone operator. He is a member of the Arts Club of Chicago, a board member of the Media Burn Video Archive, and a graduate of the University of Chicago (AB'06; Cinema Studies, Philosophy).


Climate Games: Transforming Middle School STEM Education through Transmedia Play

2021 – 2022