Caryn Capotosto is a Documentary Filmmaker from Chicago, now based in Los Angeles. She produced the acclaimed documentary, Chasing Beauty; co-produced Best of Enemies, a 2015 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee; and the Academy Award-winning 20 Feet From Stardom. Upcoming projects include: Afghan Cycles about women’s rights in Afghanistan and S-Word, an upcoming documentary about Socialism in American culture.
As Minister of Culture for The Criterion Collection, Chris Crawford tends to the network of filmmakers and film lovers that gather at the crossroads of classic and contemporary film culture. An accomplished cook, Crawford welcomed such varied filmmakers as Wim Wenders, Agnes Varda, Takashi Murakami, Gaspar Noe and Guy Maddin to Criterion’s kitchen table, and the conversations have been chronicled online as Criterion’s Kitchen Conversations series. She also serves as a feature associate programer for the Sundance Film Festival.
Beckie works to support the independent film community at the Chicago Film Office. Prior to joining DCASE she was the Director of Engagement and Programs at Chicago’s Kartemquin Films, where she managed the professional development programs for the organization and worked to provide producers with critical advice and support around engagement throughout the production process. She has over seven years experience supporting filmmakers and programming independent film. She currently serves on the boards of Full Spectrum Features and Cinema/Chicago, and runs an experimental documentary series through the Nightingale Cinema called ‘Run of Life.’ Beckie has a degree from the University of Chicago in Cinema and Media Studies with an emphasis on contemporary political documentaries and spectator theory.
Kubilay Uner creates adventurous, eclectic, colorful music for film and other media. He blends acoustic, synthetic and found sounds; bends tempos, layers noise, mixes metaphors, and is generally convinced that good music happens when you shake things up. Music credits include Big Sur based on Jack Kerouac’s novel; the Polish Brothers’ For Lovers Only; and the Tarkovsky documentary Time Within Time. He is Director of Music Composition for the Screen MFA program at Columbia College Chicago.
Michael W. Phillips Jr.
Director of South Side Projections, a nonprofit organization presenting film screenings and discussions throughout Chicago’s South Side. He was the film program director at CIMMfest for five of its first six years, and the film programmer at the Bank of America Cinema during its final years. He has served on juries for Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and Chicago International Film Festival. He makes found-footage music videos and music-related documentaries, and his works have shown in the US and Europe.
Jones is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild. He has produced and photographed several films including Public Discourse, the birth of street art; Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears, an autobiographical documentary on the late boxing champion; and Hustlers Convention about the origins of rap featuring the grandfather of rap Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, founding member of The Last Poets.