What does it mean to be safe in school in the United States? Safe from what, and from whom? Bulletproof poses and complicates these questions through a provocative exploration of fear and American violence.
Todd Chandler is a filmmaker, artist, and educator. His work has been featured atTrue/False, IDFA, Doclisboa, the Hammer Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Mass MoCA. His projects have been supported by Creative Capital, Field of Vision, Sundance Institute, International Documentary Association, Doc Society, and ITVS, among others. His first feature film, Flood Tide, premiered at the Torino Film Festival, followed by an extensive tour of museums, universities, backyards, rock clubs, and assorted DIY spaces, often with a live score. His short film A Debtors’ Prison premiered at Camden International Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ POV. He was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2019, a fellow at the Sundance Non-Fiction Director’s Residency, and a Points North Fellow. In 2020 he received the Hot Docs International Emerging Filmmaker award for his film Bulletproof.
As an artist he often works collaboratively. He has created drive-in theaters from salvaged materials, floated down several rivers on massive sculptural rafts, and organized multi-day music festivals in the wilds of Pennsylvania. He is the co-creator of the large-scale installation project Empire Drive-In, and a founding member of the Miss Rockaway Armada and the band Dark Dark Dark.
He has taught in high schools and universities for over fifteen years, and has partnered with community-based organizations and human rights groups to create videos about pressing contemporary issues. He currently teaches in the Film Department at Brooklyn College.