BRIAN KALLIES (Producer, Camera, Editor) is a seasoned producer, director of photography and editor of broadcast documentaries, short films, television specials, and commercials. He was production manager and senior producer at WYIN-Lakeshore Public Television and an associate producer at WTTW-11 for the specials Seven Wonders of Chicago and Chicago By Boat: The New River Tour. Brianʼs latest documentary, Phunny Business: A Black Comedy, aired nationally on SHOWTIME and has received critical acclaim from around the world.
JEFF MANES (Producer, Writer) writes the syndicated column Salt, telling stories of the working class in the Calumet Region. Jeffʼs literary career was born out of his twenty-five years working at the steel mills in East Chicago. Since 2000, his fiction, poetry, and essays have been published across the country in literary magazines of every ilk. Jeff has read his work throughout the United States and has penned more than 500 columns to date.
TOM DESCH (Producer, Camera, Editor) is an independent documentarian and commercial editor and shooter (Towers Productions, Axiom Megamedia). He has edited numerous shows for broadcast and cable; for PBS, The Biography Channel, and Animal Planet. His 2011 documentary, The Field, about Chicagoʼs proposed third airport is currently on the festival circuit.