A list of producers in the Chicago Film Scene directory. Reach out to producers in Chicago about jobs and film work or collaboration here.
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Akshaya Sawant is an award winning filmmaker with an extensive experience of working in India and the United States across branded content, episodic series, narrative films, documentaries and social media campaigns. Most recently, she was invited to Dubai by the U. S. Consulate to exhibit her cross-border short film When Jay Met Ammar; The film has been released in 190 countries on the popular OTT platform Zee5.
As a Director and Creative Producer, she has worked with prominent global brands such as Spotify, Netflix and Amazon, collaborating with superstars of the Indian film industry, esteemed sports personalities, leading political figures and popular influencers across multiple campaigns. Her films have featured on Disney Hotstar, Zee5, Roku TV and KVMD, the national broadcasting channel for Southern California. Her first feature documentary Talking To The Wind received 2 grants from The Virgin Unite Social Impact Film Fund (2017 and 2018), won 8 prestigious awards and screened at 17 International film festivals in 7 countries. Her extensive 10 years of content creation experience with roots in photography, design and fine arts empowers her to navigate each story through a unique and intentional perspective, with a dash of magical realism.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and completed her Master’s in Film and Media Art from Emerson College (Boston) earning the Dean’s Fellowship. In July 2020, she was invited by the U. S. Presidential Scholars as the Keynote Speaker to discuss Narration – as Art and Responsibility at the Morningside Scholars Forum in China. In 2021, she was granted the O1B visa which is awarded by the U. S. government to select Individuals with extraordinary achievements in art. When not working, she spends her time making art with her nephew, exploring new places and chasing sunsets.
Hey everyone! I am Wenhan Zhang, a Producer and Gaffer studying at Columbia College Chicago. I am a aspiring filmmaker wanting to get my hands on as many projects as possible! My past experiences include MFA films, Directing 3 films and Thesis films of students from Columbia College Chicago! I have been working on set since my freshmen year at high school. Originally studying in Massachusetts I went on Emerson College sets to get experience but eventually coming to Columbia College Chicago.
Local filmmaker, based out of Schaumburg, IL. I write, produce, direct and edit all of the projects that are produced and distributed from my studio BGil Studios. I’ve been a professional indie filmmaker since 2016 (when I graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art- Schaumburg).
I’ve always wanted to create my own action packed original stories based in the Superhero genre, with own flare of story telling that brings the audience to the edge of their seat through an engaging character driven story, that makes them want to see more. My writing style for the films I create is very episodic in nature, because I feel you can’t tell a good story with out having to flesh out all the important elements in one film.
Carlos Lerma is a Mexican multi-hyphenate writer, director, and producer. Lerma is best known for his festival-acclaimed original films, which include “Wish We Never Met” (2022), “Sunflower’s Friend” (2022), and “Faraway Fiesta” (2023). Lerma has also adapted some of his publications for the screen, such as “The Wright Choice” (2022). Additionally, he has published illustrated poetry books, including “Underdog Days” (2022), which is an English translation of one of his Spanish best-selling books.
I am from the Southside of Chicago, I am trained in Brazilian Jujitsu, Weight Lifting, and Wrestling. I am also a dog lover. I have a Master’s in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors in Communications, Media Arts, and Theatre from Chicago State University. I am licensed in Media Sales and an experience Production Assistant but Acting is my biggest passion and I love it!!
Goodman, a multi-hyphenate from Chicago, is most known for her recent role opp Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul, and her starring role in a Tv series she created/wrote/produced, “Conrad,” opp Harry Lennix. Conrad is a story about a female detective on the autism spectrum uncovering a covert operation. Jennifer, who mirrors her character Kate Conrad on Conrad, is also on the Autism Spectrum and brings authenticity to the role. Harry Lennix, (The Blacklist), Eric Roberts, (Star 80, The Best of The Best), Hisham Tawfiq (The Blacklist) and Mia Talerico (Disney’s Good Luck Charlie) also star in the show. Jennifer also created, and produced a Psychological Thriller, (The Nest – 2018) that won her a notable Top Women Producers award in 2018. She is known for the company she Co-Created Lakefront Pictures, LLC with Conrad’s co-creator Ryan Atkins in which they write and produce narrative content. “Blackhatter” a Psychological Thriller (2022) and “Pictures Only” two projects she produced, won several festival awards. Her most recent feature film, The Unseen, starring RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) and Christian Stolte (Chicago Fire), that she wrote, produced and also acted in, just received International and Domestic Distribution.
Actor Lisa Roti has TV credits that include co-starring roles on Amazon’s Utopia, NBC’s Chicago PD and Fox’s The Mob Doctor.
After a career-ending injury, Roti’s journey as a professional classical ballet dancer took a positive turn when she was cast as Jeremy Piven’s eye-catching dance instructor on Fox’s Cupid. Her most recent projects include a starring role in the upcoming thriller “Laundromat” and a “Best Supporting Actress” nod as Maria in indy-short Side Effects Directed by Jose Mutarelli. Lisa has spent significant time working with local filmmakers (producer, casting, locations) to build community and gain a deeper working knowledge of exactly what it takes to produce her own artistic offerings.
Lisa Roti is also a noted jazz vocalist who has toured internationally including multiple trips to China as an American Artist Ambassador and part of President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative.
Rob Christopher wrote, directed, and starred in the acclaimed fiction feature Pause of the Clock, which had its World Premiere at the Denver Film Festival in 2015 and screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2016. In January 2017 it was nominated for “Best Chicago Film” by the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. His second film, Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago, had its World Premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival, screened at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image and in several other cities, and was acquired by Cinedigm; it is now streaming on Fandor, Amazon Video, Vudu, Hoopla, Apple TV, and other apps.
For his next film project, he is adapting Gary Indiana’s wicked satire Depraved Indifference. Evangeline Slote, a sociopathic grifter who’s a master manipulator of both people and information, heads a family of con artists who specialize in identity theft. When her alcoholic husband Warren is felled by a massive heart attack, she and her incestuously devoted son Devin concoct a final desperate scheme—which may require the elimination of an elderly New York socialite to complete.
Jon Gollner is a Wisconsin-born, Chicago-based filmmaker and editor who has worked on a variety of film and television productions. His recent credits include editing the feature film Moving Parts, editing and producing PBS’s food and interview series To Dine For with Kate Sullivan, and several short films that have played in numerous film festivals. Jon strives to tell stories full of empathy, humor, and celebration of people and their passions.
My name is Emerson Cole, a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. I have experience in many types of production mediums, including but not limited to film, TV, theatre, live events, industrials, and documentary work in various positions. I have been working steadily since graduation and want to continue doing so.
I have been working as a sound mixer since 2018 and have been growing my knowledge since. I really started to build out my sound resume in 2021 with the various types of jobs I was contracted for. I was sound mixer on a tier 1b feature film and worked with a boom operator. I recorded audio for interviews of celebrity artists for Amazon Music Rotation at Dreamville Festival, an indie TV show called Upside Brown where I controlled up to eight different wireless tracks and sometimes duel boom with my operator and myself, Chicago Marathon on the B camera team for a commercial for Abbott where I walked about 10 miles with my kit while capturing different subjects and ambient sound, and a documentary show on LG TVs called The Rivalries where I did interviews, Verite style, and boomed an entire lacrosse game for three and a half hours.
For a while, I have been growing my sound package. I currently am running a Sound Devices Mix Pre 10 ii, Schoeps CMIT 5U, two Lectrosonics LT/LR with Cos11d lavs, Røde NTG 3, and Røde Wireless Go II transmitters and receiver with Countryman B3 lavs. I own a Comtek transmitter and three receivers, two Denecke JB-1 Timecode boxes and Denecke TS-C timecode slate. I also have a relationship with Cinespace’s Second City Sound to rent from as well as other local rental houses if needed to rent.
Given my drive to learn, I want to make your project better by having such dedication to doing better. With my quick technical knowledge, I will be able to accomplish any task given to me.
Justin Senkbile is a writer and filmmaker living in Chicago. A former film critic for the Omaha Reader and NET Radio, his feature script THE IDEALIST was a 2019 ScreenCraft Fellowship quarterfinalist and a participant in the 2022 Stowe Story Labs. His film THE REGULARS won the best actress award at the 2016 White Light City Film Festival.
Asif Ahmed is a Writer, Cinematographer (Director of Photography), Director, Editor, & Producer- A True Filmmaker! Asif has worked in the industry for 20+ years attending film school, worked at Technicolor studying under DP’s and colorists and worked at all the major studios.
His professional credits includes award winning feature films, shorts, commercials, television and Asif has also produced content for countless brands and was also an in-house director/producer for AT&T.
He has raised financing for films and has shot projects on 6 continents in more than 2 dozen countries.
I’m a Chicago based producer and founder of Chicago Film Scene. If you have any questions please ask. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mishu currently writes, directs, and produces films of various lengths in Chicago; where the past winters have been so cold the only imaginable reason he has stayed must be undefeatable self-loathing.
He has previously lived in New York (Brooklyn and Binghamton), New Orleans, and Whitewater Wisconsin—where you can go to find cheese hats, Miller High Life, and rock bottom.
Prior to filmmaking, he had spent the past decade desperately seeking validation in a profoundly unsuccessful career in theater and comedy. His theater experience—which can only be described as the opposite of lucrative—lead him to writing and performing in an original comedy special ‘Trapped in the Netflix’, devising the “diluted social satire” play ‘Good Morning Gitmo’, and directing the interactive theatrical experience ‘Out to Get You’; which the Chicago Reader chronicled as “the sort of unwieldy mess only true ambition could create.”
Mishu is grateful to have taken a step away from theater and live performance to focus on filmmaking. Since the transition, he has written and shot six short films. He is now raising funds to shoot a feature film for a brilliant screenplay he has penned.
He is forever thankful to his partner Audrey, his family, and the casts, crews, and audiences who generously share their time.
Hello! I am a current student at DePaul University, graduating in June 2023, and looking for opportunities during my last few quarters and post-grad.
I am a very organized, creative, and detail-oriented person and I pride my self on my out-of-the-box thinking and flexibility. My concentration is in Producing, but I have some experience in Directing, Writing, Editing, and Acting as well.
Email me if you are interested in collaborating and I can show you some of the projects I’ve worked on.
Stan Miskiewicz is an artistic powerhouse packed with the efficiency, skills, and targeted focus required to accomplish all set milestones in the projects he undertakes. A visual artist for 35+ years, he is able to translate concepts into visuals and is considered the Iron Monk of media production. He possesses extensive knowledge with a formidable range of high-end production experience and has a sense of style and acuity needed in the modern digital media production industry.
Stan started out his career as an editorial photographer in Chicago which quickly propelled him into the field of visual effects. A self-starter, he went on to start his own San Francisco based company, Black Point Studios in 2004, quickly becoming one of the industries go to boutique studios and has worked in several companies distinguishing himself as a superb Art Director, visionary artist, and Producer who gets things done with his hands-on approach, tenacity as well as uncompromising ethics and integrity. His talents have taken him from the U.S. to Europe where he worked on feature films, and help built and run production studios. In 2015, he founded CineAir, a full-service company that focuses on transforming the industry through premium quality camera work and his forward-thinking artistic vision always shows in his work.
Being both a director and artist, combined with the additional technical background, has given Stan a unique perspective in the arena of filmmaking. With a deep understanding of film and camera moves, color correction, editing, compositing, and visual effects, he is able to communicate and comprehend the requirements when working with Producers and Directors, effectively capturing the best possible visuals for the projects.
Stan is a licensed drone operator and was one of the first to receive the FAA 107 remote pilot license and the 107.29 daylight (night) waiver.
For quality work that is on the leading edge of technology, contact Stan today!
8 years as a professional drone operator and cinematographer.
20 years as a studio executive and Art Director
Feature Film VFX artist having IMDb Film Credits
Owner of Black Point Studios in SF a production, animation, and vfx studio
Editorial photographer in Europe and the U.S. for AP, UPI, DPA, Berliner Morgan Post, Speigel Magazine, Detroit Free Press, Crain Chicago Business, and others.
Fashion, Automotive, and Product Photographer
I’m a recent graduate from DePaul with a BA in Film and TV. Eager to learn and help.
Recent graduate of DePaul University’s Film and TV program. I have 4 years of experience as a Production Designer, Production Assistant, Props Master, Set Dresser, Covid Compliance Monitor and Assistant, Wardrobe Assistant, Producer and Line Producer, Boom Op, and Casting Assistant. I have acting experience from theater and background work. I’ve also been a Social Media Manager and I’m currently an Event Organizer and Host for K-Pop events in Chicago.
I strive to help tell the stories of POC, LGBTQ+ folks and support crews with the same vision.
I have extensive experience in customer service communications, professional organization and being a right-hand (wo)man! As a motivated crew member, I have worked in many different roles and I am ready to learn and adapt to even more. I’m passionate about this industry and I want to contribute my hard work and dedication to unique projects. I have a positive attitude, a drive to succeed and I see my hard work through to the end of any challenge.
I have written, directed and starred in many of my own videos, short films, sketches and even music videos. I’ve spent years performing stand up comedy and improv around Chicago and am currently in a production at The Otherworld Theatre.
I am a Chicago freelance filmmaker who graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in directing.
I have worked on large and small projects in mediums like features, TV, commericals, shorts and corporate production.
Most of my gigs are Sound Mixing, PAing or Videography. I do however have skills in a lot of areas such as lighting, art department, ADing, producing, camera assisting, etc. I love to learn everything I can about production and with that I am able to pick up things quickly.
I’m a producer for Swissa Creative INC.
My name is Paige Smith and I am 22 years old, 5’8″, and I am 130lbs. I am a professional photographer and videographer. I graduated in December 2020 from Purdue University Northwest earning my bachelors degree in Business Management. I currently have my own business called Paige Marie Photography. My goal is to open up my own photography studio in the near future. I worked on the Media Team for ComplexCon Chicago and have worked for G-Eazy and his DJ for a few of their shows in Chicago, including at TAO Chicago during All-Star Weekend 2020. Throughout my senior year of high school I interned at IN/Tek and IN/Kote working in the finance department.
Steve is a Chicago native, a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA). His screenplays have been voted onto the prestigious industry Black List three years in a row and four times in the past five years, including in 2020 with his latest script, The Saturday Night Ghost Club. His feature film screenplay, The Cabin at the End of the World, based on the Stoker Award winning horror novel and written for FilmNation (Arrival, The King’s Speech), made the 2019 Black List. In the previous year, his sci-fi adventure screenplay, Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers, sold to Warner Bros in a competitive bidding war, with Oscar Nominated Producer Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) attached to produce. It also became the only script of 2018 to land in the top 5 on both the annual Black List and the annual Hit List. His previous script, Orb, made the Black List, Hit List, and was voted #1 on the Blood List, honoring the best dark genre screenplays of the year.
As a director, Steve’s short film, Monsters, has amassed over two million views online and screened at more than 100 film festivals around the world, winning 45 awards including Best Short Film at the Comic-Con International Film Festival, along with being named a Vimeo Staff Pick.
I freelance as a PA. I’ve worked for Zara, Intel, CAT, and Jim Beam Suntory. Production companies I’ve worked for include: North Six Productions, Product Productions (Space Stage Studios), Odd Machine Productions, and Prodigious USA.
I also freelance as a videographer and editor. I’ve worked with Louis Vuitton, Beige Cashmere, Kindling Group, The Colonie, Free Spirit Media, and City Film.
You can see a sample of my works on my website: www.lorenzoleyva.com
I really pride myself on working hard and having fun while working with a team! I really love collaboration and the film process.
Ryan Corrigan Whetsel is a media producer and accountant based in Chicago, Illinois. Ryan is an award winning producer in Chicago. His films are unique and thought provoking, with a special interest in drawing attention to social injustices. Ryan has worked on both live action and documentary short films, and has been part of the creative team behind projects accepted into the Saint Louis Filmmakers Showcase, Brightside Tavern Film Festival, Istanbul Film Awards, and Black Harvest Film Festival.
Ryan received an M.F.A. in Creative Producing from DePaul University as well as his B.A. in International Film and Media Studies and B.B.A. in Accountancy from Loyola University Chicago. He is a practicing corporate accountant at CARS in Chicago and has held his Certified Public Accountant license in Illinois for over seven years.