Cross X Productions

Cross X Productions (CXP) is a Chicago-based media company founded and operated by Debra Tolchinsky. CXP produces films investigating cultural phenomena, fascinating trends, and social ills. We are interested in questions with unexpected answers. Our films are meant to spark discussion, change minds, and encourage thoughtful engagement. 


Debra Tolchinsky

Debra Tolchinsky, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Radio-TV-Film at Northwestern University is a documentary filmmaker and curator and was the founding director of the MFA in Documentary Media program. Her work has been seen at such venues as the Sundance Film Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center, the Gene Siskel Film Center, and the Supreme Court Institute. As a curator, Debra co-curated The Horror Show at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Shimon Attie: The Neighbor Next Door at the Block Museum, and The Presence of Absence sponsored by the Contemporary Arts Council. As a documentarian, she directed and produced the feature Fast Talk concerning college competitive debate. Fast Talk won Best Documentary at the LA Femme International Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, and has been spotlighted in the Chicago Tribune, the National Law Journal, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2017, Debra ranked No. 7 on New City's Film 50: Chicago Screen Gems. Most recently, She was awarded a 2017-18 Fellowship from the Alice B. Kaplan Institute for the Humanities for her (in process) documentary feature, True Memories and Other Falsehoods.