Dan Pal studied Film at the University of Chicago. He teaches in the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University in Chicago and at Moraine Valley Community College where he was selected Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2015. He is also a Company Member of Pride Films & Plays (PFP) in Chicago and serves on the selection committee for its Queer Bits Film Festival.
He is Executive Producer of the feature Searching for Venice, currently in post-production. His short, Scotty Works OUT, a Festival Favorite at its premiere at The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 2013 has also screened at festivals in Spokane, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Geneva, and Chicago.
The follow-up, Scotty & Josh Get Enlightened, has screened at festivals in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Kansas City, Geneva, Orlando, Palm Springs (Festival Favorite), Tampa, and Charleston.
The third film in the Scotty & Josh series, Another Party With Scotty, was shot in June 2015 and had its premiere at DePaul University in October that same year. All three films played at PFP’s Queer Bits Film Festivals and are currently available on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/scottyandjosh
Dan has pre-screened films for the Chicago International Film Festival and reviewed films for WDCB (90.9 FM) from 2007 until 2013. In November 2015 he directed a staged reading of “Somebody to Love” by Jay Cipriani at the Center on Halsted in Chicago. It was selected as the winner of the year’s Great Gay Screenplay Contest.
His current short film, Counting, was written by Kari Morris and produced by Pride Films & Plays.