2018 CMA Digital Studios Selection Committee

  Ira Antelis   Co-CEO Jira Productions   Ira has been involved in writing and producing music for TV, commercials, records, movies and theatre for the last 30 years, and is the Co-CEO of Jira Productions.

Ira Antelis
Co-CEO Jira Productions

Ira has been involved in writing and producing music for TV, commercials, records, movies and theatre for the last 30 years, and is the Co-CEO of Jira Productions.

  M.E. Barker   Co-founder of Haight Films   M.E. Barker is the co-founder of Haight Films, the film and TV talent management and production subsidiary of Haight Brand, founded by Pat Corcoran (manager of Chance the Rapper). Previously, she was an associate and the head of the theatre department at Paonessa Talent Agency in Chicago. She also teaches on-camera acting at Actors Training Center.

M.E. Barker
Co-founder of Haight Films

M.E. Barker is the co-founder of Haight Films, the film and TV talent management and production subsidiary of Haight Brand, founded by Pat Corcoran (manager of Chance the Rapper). Previously, she was an associate and the head of the theatre department at Paonessa Talent Agency in Chicago. She also teaches on-camera acting at Actors Training Center.

  Alan "Ras" Brothers   Director of Fundraising & Outreach for The Remix Project Chicago   Alan “Ras” Brothers - brand influencer/consultant within the global fashion & creative culture space. Advocate for the arts & creative youth culture - Director of Fundraising & Outreach for The Remix Project Chicago. Partner in Lacuna Lofts - branding & design management.

Alan "Ras" Brothers
Director of Fundraising & Outreach for The Remix Project Chicago

Alan “Ras” Brothers - brand influencer/consultant within the global fashion & creative culture space. Advocate for the arts & creative youth culture - Director of Fundraising & Outreach for The Remix Project Chicago. Partner in Lacuna Lofts - branding & design management.

  Joseph V. Cacciatore   Owner/Operator & Curator of Lacuna Lofts   Avid proponent of the arts in Chicago and around the globe - responsible for countless cultural exchanges over the years with artists of scalable stature. A true philanthropist and community builder - currently Executive Director of The Remix Project Chicago.

Joseph V. Cacciatore
Owner/Operator & Curator of Lacuna Lofts

Avid proponent of the arts in Chicago and around the globe - responsible for countless cultural exchanges over the years with artists of scalable stature. A true philanthropist and community builder - currently Executive Director of The Remix Project Chicago.

  Domenica Cameron-Scorsese   Writer, Director   Domenica Cameron-Scorsese is an award winning filmmaker who began her storytelling professionally in Chicago at the age of eleven as an actress-- later growing into a writer/director/producer. ALMOST PARIS, her feature directing debut has just been released.

Domenica Cameron-Scorsese
Writer, Director

Domenica Cameron-Scorsese is an award winning filmmaker who began her storytelling professionally in Chicago at the age of eleven as an actress-- later growing into a writer/director/producer. ALMOST PARIS, her feature directing debut has just been released.

  Aymar Jean Christian   Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Founder of Open TV (beta)   Aymar Jean "AJ" Christian is an assistant professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and founder of Open TV (beta). Dr. Christian's first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television, was published by New York University Press in 2018.

Aymar Jean Christian
Assistant Professor at Northwestern University
Founder of Open TV (beta)

Aymar Jean "AJ" Christian is an assistant professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and founder of Open TV (beta). Dr. Christian's first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television, was published by New York University Press in 2018.

  Hamzah Jamjoom   Director, Writer Owner of Digital Hydra and Dream Squad   Originally from Saudi Arabia, Hamzah Jamjoom is one of the few established filmmakers in the Middle East. As a director, he is also the co-founder of the Emmy Award-winning production services firm Digital Hydra and DreamSquad, a Chicago-based VFX company. 

Hamzah Jamjoom
Director, Writer
Owner of Digital Hydra and Dream Squad

Originally from Saudi Arabia, Hamzah Jamjoom is one of the few established filmmakers in the Middle East. As a director, he is also the co-founder of the Emmy Award-winning production services firm Digital Hydra and DreamSquad, a Chicago-based VFX company. 

  Jack C. Newell   Director, Writer Program Director at the Harold Ramis Film School    Jack C. Newell is an award-winning filmmaker and public artist. He the Program Director of The Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City, the co-creator of Destroy Your Art, and the co-creator of the public art project, The Wabash Lights. His feature length documentary, 42 Grams was recently released on Netflix.

Jack C. Newell
Director, Writer
Program Director at the Harold Ramis Film School

 Jack C. Newell is an award-winning filmmaker and public artist. He the Program Director of The Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City, the co-creator of Destroy Your Art, and the co-creator of the public art project, The Wabash Lights. His feature length documentary, 42 Grams was recently released on Netflix.

  Kris Swanberg   Director, Producer Professor at Northwestern University   Kris Swanberg is a writer/director committed to living and working in Chicago. Her most recent narrative feature,  Unexpected,  premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and can be seen on Netflix. Swanberg is currently writing her next film and teaching web series production at Northwestern University. 

Kris Swanberg
Director, Producer
Professor at Northwestern University

Kris Swanberg is a writer/director committed to living and working in Chicago. Her most recent narrative feature, Unexpected, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and can be seen on Netflix. Swanberg is currently writing her next film and teaching web series production at Northwestern University. 

  Patrick Wimp   Writer, Owner/Creative Director at Digital Hydra & Dream Squad   Writer, producer, and sometimes cinematographer--Patrick Wimp's creative exploits have yielded award-winning film and TV projects all over the world. He is the co-founder of international development and distribution studio Digital Hydra, and a avid lover of art, music, and story.

Patrick Wimp
Writer, Owner/Creative Director at Digital Hydra & Dream Squad

Writer, producer, and sometimes cinematographer--Patrick Wimp's creative exploits have yielded award-winning film and TV projects all over the world. He is the co-founder of international development and distribution studio Digital Hydra, and a avid lover of art, music, and story.

 
 

2018 digital studios executive committee

  Angie Gaffney - Producer   Angie Gaffney is a Chicago-based entrepreneur and producer who serves as the President of Black Apple Media and Co-Founder of Stage 18 Chicago. She teaches at Harold Ramis Film School and DePaul University.

Angie Gaffney - Producer

Angie Gaffney is a Chicago-based entrepreneur and producer who serves as the President of Black Apple Media and Co-Founder of Stage 18 Chicago. She teaches at Harold Ramis Film School and DePaul University.

  Kelly Aisthorpe Waller - Executive Producer   Kelly is a creative story enthusiast.  Passionate about bringing other enthusiasts into the artistic world she is the Executive Director of Chicago Media Angels and serving on the board of The Chicago Children's Theater.  Founder of CoHootz Films.   

Kelly Aisthorpe Waller - Executive Producer

Kelly is a creative story enthusiast.  Passionate about bringing other enthusiasts into the artistic world she is the Executive Director of Chicago Media Angels and serving on the board of The Chicago Children's Theater.  Founder of CoHootz Films.   

  Ted Reilly - Executive Producer   Ted is a passionate storyteller and entrepreneur. As executive director of Chicago Media Angels, he is focused on organizing, educating and accelerating savvy media investors in the Midwest. Ted is also the founder of SRH Partners where he helps creative talent organize and flourish. Ted serves on the board of Stage18 Chicago and received his BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. 

Ted Reilly - Executive Producer

Ted is a passionate storyteller and entrepreneur. As executive director of Chicago Media Angels, he is focused on organizing, educating and accelerating savvy media investors in the Midwest. Ted is also the founder of SRH Partners where he helps creative talent organize and flourish. Ted serves on the board of Stage18 Chicago and received his BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. 

  Mark Glassgow - Associate Producer   Mark Glassgow is a Chicago based Film Producer and Associate Producer at Chicago Media Angels. When not making movies, Mark spends his time making music, playing basketball, and making memes

Mark Glassgow - Associate Producer

Mark Glassgow is a Chicago based Film Producer and Associate Producer at Chicago Media Angels. When not making movies, Mark spends his time making music, playing basketball, and making memes