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Todd Looby

Todd Looby was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. He is a mostly self-taught filmmaker. Shortly after receiving his MS in Environmental Sciences in Civil Engineering in 1999, Todd returned to Chicago and began taking classes at Chicago’s iO (formerly Improv Olympic). The following year Todd acquired at DV camera and began making films.

Initially making rudimentary documentaries and comedic shorts, Todd began tackling feature film work in late 2005 while working full-time as a commercial construction manager. His first narrative feature, THE SITE, premiered at Henry Jaglom’s Iowa Independent Film Festival in 2007. The film was cut further in the Fall of 2007 and was screened at Chicago’s Facet’s Cinemateque as part of IFP/Chicago’s “Meet the Filmmaker” series in the Spring of 2008. Also in the Spring of 2008, Todd completed a 45-minute documentary, Towering Above O’Hare about the building of the new Air-Traffic Control Tower at O’Hare Airport.

LEFTY, Todd's second narrative feature, was shot over the course of one year and stars many of Todd’s friends from the neighborhood as well as accomplished comedic actors from Second City and iO. LEFTY was names one of the "Top 10 Movies of 2009" by the Chicago Tribune's Metromix. Todd has recently completed two projects from his trip to Liberia, West Africa: “Son of None”, a narrative short and “Children of Hope”, a six-part web-series about the children of Liberia Mission, Inc. Prior to Africa, Todd and his wife, Monica shot a feature-length documentary, Solo Madres, about the impossible plight of impoverished mothers in a society where 70% of fathers have left the family or have immigrated to the United States.

Currently, Todd is adapting the book, A Saint on Death Row, into a dramatic feature. The non-fiction book was written by NY Times Best-selling author, Thomas Cahill. It covers the remarkable story of Dominique Green, a man sentenced to die in the US' Capital Punishment epicenter, Texas.

Short film credits

Image from Son of None

Son of None

Liberia | Sep 2010 | 15:53
Joshua, A 7 yr-old Liberian war orphan, transcends his dire circumstances with the help of goat.
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