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Ben Kolak, Editor and Director

 

For over 10 years, Ben Kolak has worked on innovative projects in a variety of roles -  as a cinematographer, editor, producer, and director.  Ben’s many roles stem from a pure enjoyment of the filmmaking craft.  He works in small teams on projects designed to encourage social good. Ben’s documentary directorial debut, Scrappers (2010), went on to win awards at numerous festivals and make critic Roger Ebert’s list of the top 10 documentaries for 2010.  Ben edited the documentary Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists (2014 Newport Beach Film Festival), and co-directed the web series Central Standard: On Education, made in partnership with WTTW 11 and PBS Digital Studios (2014).  In 2015, Ben crafted a season of 360°/VR documentaries for Chicago news site Gapers Block.  He is currently in production on numerous web series, strategic projects, and documentaries. Ben lives in Hyde Park with his wife, Akemi Hong, their son, and a corgi.

 

 

 

Yana Kunichoff, Producer

 

Yana Kunichoff is an award-winning investigative journalist and producer based in Chicago. Her work has ranged from coverage of the Arab Spring protests in Bahrain to chronicling of the human casualties of rapidly disappearing affordable housing in Chicago. She won a Sidney Hillman award for her February 2016 investigation for the Chicago Reader into the way Chicago’s police union impacts the narrative around police shootings. Kunichoff’s work has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, Fusion.net, Al Jazeera, Pacific Standard and Chicago Magazine, among many others. She received a BA from Durham University in the UK, and an MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

 

 

 

 

Dwamina K. Drew, Co-producer

 

Dwamina K. Drew (“Drew”) is an activist, urban historian, and Chicago-based designer who founded the company Enstrumental Clothing in July of 2007. Drew has officially collaborated with such notable artists and musicians such as Lupe Fiasco, Little Brother, DJ Premier, Hebru Brantley, Robert Glasper, Ed Steckley, and Wood Harris to manufacture products that represent the company and the artist through engaging and rebellious concepts and images via the cotton canvas. In September 2015, Drew released his first film, “The Revenge of Emmett Till,” which he wrote and directed. The prime objective for Drew and Enstrumental at large is to represent positive and revolutionary creation in the form of material expression and to produce products that force onlookers to consciously step outside of their ideological comfort zones.

 

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