filmmakers

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Lori Felker is a filmmaker/artist, teacher, programmer, and performer.  Her moving image work focuses on the ways in which we process, share and disseminate information, via screens, dreams, gestures, games, and dialogue. By employing and pushing these structures, she attempts to study the ineloquent, oppositional, delusional, frustrating, and chaotic qualities of human interaction.

Lori works in a variety of mediums and has shown her work internationally at festivals and spaces including the Rotterdam International Film Festival; Slamdance; NYFF: Views from the Avant-Garde; VideoEx, Zurich; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal; Curtas Vila do Conde Film Festival, Portugal; Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago; LA Filmforum; and BAMcinemaFest, Brooklyn. She is an Illinois Arts Council Artists Grant recipient, a Wexner Center Artist in Residence and a Fulbright Fellow. She lives in Chicago, loves to collaborate and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and the Film/Video programmer at Roots & Culture Gallery.  She has more work on Fandor.com and on her website at www.FelkerCommaLori.com.

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Martin Mulcahy has worked in experimental film/animation for 5 years and graphic design for 25 years. He enjoys exploring unique storytelling through mixed media (photography, film, motion graphics, audio and animation techniques) His work focuses on identity and location. He hopes you can find inspiration in his work.

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Diana "Di" Delgado Pineda is a photographer, visual artist, and filmmaker from Chicago. She uses personal histories and those of others, fictional or non-fictional to attempt to organize the poetics in the lives of women, their obstacles, and their introspective, disputable moments.

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Valia O’Donnell studied Visual Arts at the University of Chicago where she discovered her passion for all things animated. From studying fine art in Rome to discovering digital mediums in Hong Kong (where she is currently working), she is an animator in motion.

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Amanda Gutierrez, Born in Mexico City in 1978, she completed her graduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago specializing in performance and new media. For twelve years, she has worked in the field of performance and sound art, fusing the two disciplines in installation projects, performed under the same methodology and work strategies from documentary and performance.

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Qihui Wu (aka Els) is a filmmaker born in China and she speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Hunan dialects. Trained in filmmaking and anthropology, she has recently completed graduate studies in Documentary Media at Northwestern University. As a media activist, she is engaging in a NOG project, which aims at cultivating a group of rural Tibetan filmmakers, who have the ability to formulate responses through media on different community problems. Recently, her work Life of Being Wild has been distributed in Canada. And Chosen People has been shown at RAI Film Festival, Ethnografilm Paris, and Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, etc and domestic conferences on visual anthropology.

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Elliott Chu

SHIH YU is my Taiwanese name, and Elliott is my American name. None of them can represent me

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Emily Esperanza is a filmmaker, artist, and curator whose passions lie in discarded aesthetics, liminal spaces, guerrilla approaches, and unconventional narrative. Her recent videos, collected under the title, WRETCHED WOMAN, investigate duration, ritual, sensuality, and archetype, specifically relating to representations of femininity. Emily currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. 

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Steve Socki is currently an Assistant Professor at DePaul University in Chicago; he has been teaching animation here for 5 years. Formerly he was an Assistant Professor at California Institute of the Arts; he taught experimental animation there for 3 years. Steve worked for over 25 years in Hollywood as an animation director & producer on animated TV series such as “Rugrats,” “Hey Arnold,” “Curious George,” “The Simpsons,” & “Futurama.”

He has worked at various studios including Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney TV, Universal Animation, Warner Bros, Bento Box, and Klasky Csupo. He was nominated for five Emmy Awards, and won one.

curators

staff

BECKIE STOCCHETTI
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. She has over ten years experience supporting filmmakers and programming independent film.

RAUL BENITEZ
Raul Benitez has been involved with the Chicago film community for the past 10 years.  Raul was named by Newcity as a Chicago Screen Gem of 2015 and his outdoor film series for Comfort Station was named by the Chicago Reader (2013) and Newcity (2015) as the best outdoor film series in the city. He currently does film programming for Comfort Film at Comfort Station Logan SquareNightingale CinemaThe Chicago Underground Film Festival, and The Twisted Oyster Film Festival.

JIM VENDIOLA
Jim is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened internationally, and whose unconventional style has garnered critical notice. In 2010, he wrote and directed the short Drift, which won two audience awards, while generating bicoastal producer interest in its development as a feature. His psychological horror short, Violets, received the 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival's 2015 Audience Award. The Independent Critic called the film, “difficult to describe...but impossible to forget."

Founder & Artistic Director
Eugene Sun Park

Program Director
Dane Haiken

Director of Corporate Giving & Sponsorship
Julia Rose Duray

Event Operations Manager
Mandy Work

DVD Associate Producer
Poppy Xing