Beckie Stocchetti works to support all independent and local film initiatives at the Chicago Film Office. Prior to joining the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), she was the Director of Engagement and Programs at Chicago's Kartemquin Films, where she managed the organization's professional development programs and provided producers with critical feedback and support throughout their production processes.

Prior to joining Kartemquin in 2014, Beckie worked as the Program Director of Chicago Filmmakers, a 40-year-old non-profit film services organization in Andersonville; she has also served on the advisory boards for Elephant and Worm Theater Company, Reeling Film Festival, and Cinema/Chicago. She has over ten years experience supporting filmmakers and programming independent film. Beckie has a degree from the University of Chicago in Cinema and Media Studies with an emphasis on contemporary political documentaries and spectator theory.


Dan Rybicky is an artist and teacher whose photographs, installations, and plays have been seen in venues in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. After receiving his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dan began working with and consulting in various production capacities for filmmakers Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, and John Leguizamo. Dan is currently an Associate Professor in Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago where he designs and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. His Kartemquin documentary, Almost There, has screened from coast to coast and has been selected on multiple year-end "best of" lists for 2015.