A native of the south side of Chicago’s Chatham community and Princeton Park, Harvey Pullings, Jr (born Feb. 14th, 1986) is an independent filmmaker, photographer and writer. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, and Moraine Valley Community College, his thematic preferences in cinema are focused on perspectives of the “common man’s turmoil," the struggles of identity, the effects of a father's legacy and the impact on children, as well as race relations and violence. Pullings grew up in a household of film lovers and religious, blue collar workers. A middle class upbringing that made his perspective of inner city life a humble and warm viewpoint, with an acknowledgement of obstacles, inherit to the progression of people of color in America.
His studies in cinema and sociology, lead him to photographing urban life and the conditions of inner city Chicago. An interest he credits to his father's love of photography, as well as the works of Gordon Parks, Khalik Allah, and Bunny Yeager. While attending Columbia, Harvey interned for the Chicago division of Allied Integrated Marketing, where he assisted in regional marketing, skewed marketing and promotion of films and TV for studios: A24, Universal Studios, Disney, ABC and NBC. He would also assist in Q&A photography for special screening events and studio reports, capturing images of Alex Garland, Eddie Redmayne and others. During this time, Pullings would also shoot concert photography for hip-hop artists Curren$y, Mobb Deep and Joe Budden, during their stops in the Chicagoland area, as well as the Suicide Girls’ Blackheart Burlesque show. His final internship came as an Extras Casting Assistant, for the controversial Spike Lee joint, Chiraq. An experience that Pullings credited as “The boost of confidence and moment of clarity I needed while pursuing this industry.” His first major project, the short To those with Good Intent, was accepted into four festivals, domestically and internationally - winning the Audience Choice award at the 2017 Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival.
Pullings recently had his first Photo showcase in 2017 titled Concrete & Cashmere through Raw Artists Chicago, and in 2018 - his first photography exhibit, No Place Like Home.