Campbell Dalglish – Founding Director of D’Arc Productions, an award winning playwright, screenwriter and director.
Campbell is currently a tenured professor in the film program at City College of New York where he teaches screenwriting, directing and documentary. Previously he performed over 500 writer and media residencies around the country in schools, gifted and talented programs, prisons, juvenile delinquent centers, youth camps and community literary clubs, teaching media literacy, or as he likes to describe it – electronacy – giving marginalized people as well as mainstream creative thinkers an edge in media and communication arts. He is also a Film Commissioner for Suffolk County on Long Island and President of the Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center in Patchogue (www.plazamac.org) that houses the George Stony School of Documentary Filmmaking, named after colleague and friend George Stony.
As a television producer he created segments for The New Morning Show (Faith and Value Media/Hallmark Channel) focusing on three reservations – the Havasupai, the White Mountain Apache, and the Navajo. Together with his partner Catherine Oberg, he co-produced with Invisible Dog Inc., an environmental issues pilot Eco Action, and for PBS/WLIW the short film Ahalani: Living In Harmony With The Sun, featuring an alternative energy lifestyle in their solar home.
His short narrative film Dance of the Quantum Cats, about racial and religious tensions in the inner city, won over a dozen international awards and was selected by CINE to represent USA at the 12th International Film Festival of Peace, Hiroshima, JAPAN. It was broadcast on PBS/CPTV as part of a series on emerging directors.
Over the years Dalglish has developed a technique of making films from the perspectives of people living in marginal communities by visiting, interviewing and conducting interactive improvisations with his subjects. The results have been The Shooting Gallery (1988 Bridgeport Prison), A Hard Way Out (1992 Hartford gangs), and The Community Room, a Musical by the Homeless, and Tunnel of Light, a feature video (1993 Jericho Homeless Shelter). He currently teaches an interdisciplinary program he created between the Film Program of CCNY and their Theater Department, bringing filmmakers and actors from two departments together into one class where they co-create Films Without Scripts.
Campbell is currently in development on two original screenplays: Taxti Wau, Deer Woman, a supernatural thriller to be directed by Chris Eyre , developed while in residence on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska, and Bruises (youtube site), a thriller about a male Afghanistan War Veteran and a female car crash victim who meet in the warped world of trauma survivors.
Dalglish has also been a script consultant for The Shooting Gallery and the Independent Film Project (IFP) as well as a frequent panelist on screenwriting for the Institute of International Film Financing. Somewhat a specialist on making films in Indian Country, he moderated a panel at the Native American Finance Conference in Las Vegas titled “Hollywood: American Indian Film” and “Native American Warriors in film” at Huntington’s Cinema Art Center.
He is currently working on a City SEED grant, Building Bridges: Indigenous Media, directing and producing with Ethnographer Bob Vetter an eight part documentary series titled BEING INDIAN IN OKLAHOMA, their first chapter titled SPIRIT ROADS. His narrative feature, STATELESS, currently in post, is a film without script developed with filmmakers and actors from NYC.
Dalglish is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.