Todd Lillethun award-winning filmmaker passes at 46

Todd Lillethun

Award winning
independent filmmaker
whose short films
and documentaries
played at festivals
around the world

Todd Anthony Lillethun, Assistant Director of External Programs, Internships and Career Services
 at Northwestern University School of Communication, filmmaker and social worker; born in Janesville, raised in Oconomowoc, WI, of Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood; passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the love of family, November 14, 2018.

After graduating cum laude with a B.S. in Social Work from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earning a B.A. in film from Columbia College (again, cum laude), Todd found great satisfaction in a 13-year career as a social worker, ultimately serving as Program Director at Renaissance Social Services. Todd then served as Program Director for Chicago Filmmakers for four years and as a career counselor for film students at Northwestern University for three years.

A successful independent filmmaker, Todd wrote, directed, and edited short films and documentaries that played at film festivals around the world.

Beloved husband and partner of twelve years to D. Brandon Fogel, cherished son of John Louis Lillethun and Donna Maria Lillethun (nee Buckley), loving brother of Chad (Angela Frizzo) Lillethun, uncle of Nadia Josephine Lillethun, and son-in-law of Linda (the late Ronald) Kane and Donald (Cathy) Fogel.

Memorial mass Saturday, December 1, 2pm, at Episcopal Church of the Atonement, 5749 N. Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60660.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to,,, or

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or