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A B O U T   S C H I M M E L 

I have spent all of my life as an artist and most of my professional career as a filmmaker and a commercial director. Over the past few years I returned back to graduate school to earn my MFA. This allows me to teach filmmaking or branded and other disciplines related to the entertainment industry. I've directed or produced just about every critter, genre and people from doctors to the likes of Russell Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and George Strait. I've co-produced for the Farrelly Brothers, directed for major brands such as McDonald's and Pfizer. I even wrote an award winning screenplay.

My artistic journey began with attending Pratt Institute, earning my Master's from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As I matured in life, I found that I have two passions; one for film, the other for teaching.

I've taught at Columbia College, lead the Branded track at Ringling College of Art and Design animation and motion at University of South Florida and currently a full time faculty member with Cleveland State University. I reside between Ohio and

Florida's gulf coast. 







“THE MUSICIAN” 2019-2020

Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival, Jury Award Dramatic Short’

2021 Directors Circle Festival of Shorts

Chicago Inde. Film Awards

Key West Film Festival

Arizona Short Film Festival

Richmond International Film Festival

The Black American Film Experience Virtual Festival

TCIFF, People Choice Award

Midwest Independent Film Festival

Barrington Shorts, Grand Prize

Patrick Lives On, Chicago Film Showcase

Queen Palm Beach, Honorable Mention

Vegas Movie Awards, Honorable Mention

Studio City International Film Festival

TCIFF /International Film Festival

Kansas International Film Festival

Director’s Circle Festival of Shorts

Amarcord Art House Television and Video Awards

Phoenix Shorts

Orlando International Film Festival



Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Director

Chicago Amarcord Arthouse, Best Director

Kansas International Film Festival

TCIFF, Best Short Film, Best Editor

Barrington Shorts, Grand Prize

AOF Festival, Nominations include Best Short, Best Director, Best Sounds Design and Best Editing

Lake County Film Festival

Global Shorts, Award of Excellence

Snake Alley Film Festival

Great Lakes International Film Festival

Vegas Movie Awards, Best Cinematography

DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge), Film Festival



The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

“The Majority Report”      2016

“Advances in Medical Education”

Gold Medal

The New York Festivals  

“Painful Vanities” – Documentary, starring Woody Harrelson

Certificate of Merit

The Chicago International Film Festival

“Chewed Up”                 2017    

Bronze Medal

The New York Festivals

“Unconditional Love” – Documentary

Sliver Hugo Award

The Chicago International Film Festival

“Experience the Power” – Documentary

Silver Plaque

The Chicago International Film Festival

“Advances in Medical Education” – Documentary

Silver Plaque

The Chicago International Film Festival

“A Bread Time Story” – Narrative Film

Silver Plaque

The Chicago International Film Festival

“Time” – Ministry Health

Certificate of Merit

The Chicago International Film Festival

“Symphony of Care” – Documentary

Certificate of Merit

Hugo Awards, The Chicago International Film Festival

“Sweet Home Chicago- Chicago Street Musicians” – Music video

Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grant, Los Angeles

“Painful Vanities” – Documentary

The Poplock Foundation Film and Video Grant, Washington, DC

Doris Day Animal League

“Advances in Medical Education” – Documentary




Gold Statuette


“Help Team” – Tribune Company

Gold Award

Create Magazine

“How Can I Help You?” – Tribune Company


Gold Statuette


“Family” – NSLIJ Health

“Home For Dinner” – Adelphi University

“Biker” – On Site Trading

“Research” – NSLIJ Health

“Pick it Up” – Tribune Company

“All the Color” – Tribune Company

“Game Show” – Tribune Company

Silver Statuette


“Sunday Run” – Tribune Company

Silver Award

Worldfest Houston

“Long Island, Our Story” – Tribune Company

Silver Remi

Worldfest Houston

“Family” – NSLIJ Health

“Climber” – On Site Trading

Bronze Remi

Worldfest Houston

“Biker” – On Site Trading

“Father & Daughter” – Tribune Company

“Advances in Medical Education” – PCRM, Doris Dan Animal League

Sliver Honors

The Global Awards

“Healthy Connections” – Ministry Health

Award of Excellence

Art Directors Club of New York City

Advertising Excellence Award

American Association of Advertising Agencies, New York City

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