Thomas Comerford

Lecturer in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies
Classics 314D


A musician, songwriter and filmmaker, Thomas Comerford has been teaching media arts production since 1997. Working across experimental, non-fiction and music video forms, Comerford has brought his work to a variety of festivals and venues, live and online — from the Locarno International Film and Video Festival to community media centers around the United States; and from the websites of USA Today to the Chicago Reader. Since moving to Chicago in 1999, Comerford has taught film, video and audio production as well as media studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Depaul University, Harold Washington College, Columbia College and the University of Chicago. As a songwriter and musician, Comerford plays regularly in the Chicago area (and the occasional tour) with his solo band and his Velvet Underground tribute group, Another VU. The music, songs and singing on his LPs have been compared to the likes of Jeff Tweedy and Tom Waits (USA Today) and Lou Reed and the Go Betweens (Chicago Reader).


  • Intensive Track - Production Thesis Workshop (Fall 2022; CMST 28999)
  • Introduction to 16mm Filmmaking (Winter 2022; CMST 28921/38921)
  • Intermediate 16mm Filmmaking (Spring 2023; CMST 28922/38922)