Susie spent her career on Wall Street as an investment banker, and has recently decided to change paths to work in the non-profit sector. Having close ties with the Chicago Public School system, Susie has made it her mission to help replenish much-needed youth arts programs in the city of Chicago.
Eddie was born and raised in Chicago, and is passionate about giving back to the community. He holds a Masters in Business Administration with distinction from DePaul University, owns and operates a trading firm based in Chicago, and spent 8 years teaching an economics-based class at Northwestern University, and has taught a film production class at Northwestern's School of Communication, in their Radio/TV/Film department.
Eddie is the Executive Producer of Happy Christmas and Digging For Fire, and is a Co-Founder of Forager Films, LLC.
Peter is a cinematographer and producer, known for Hoop Dreams (1994), Stevie (2002) and Prefontaine (1997). He is the executive producer of Happy Christmas (2014) and Digging for Fire (2015) and is co-founder of Forager Films, LLC.
Peter is also a professor in the graduate documentary film program at Wake Forest University.
Spencer is the director of the feature films I'll Come Running (2008) and Saturday Morning Mystery (2012), as well as numerous short films, including Bite Radius, named one of the top 5 short films of 2015 by New City. He was senior programmer, and then curator at-large, for the Cinematexas International Short Film Festival in Austin, TX from 2000-2006, and currently serves as a programming advisor to Bend Film Festival, in Bend, OR.
Spencer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at Northwestern University. firstname.lastname@example.org
A Chicago native, JJ Ingram is an award-winning producer with vast experience in all areas of film production. A graduate of Roosevelt University, JJ holds a M.S. Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and has a background in Corporate Event Planning, where she has been the Executive Producer for over 25 programs with budgets ranging from $10K - $1M. JJ has worked on several Chicago based productions including I Heart Shakey, Drinking Buddies, The Painter, Baby Mary, A Light Beneath Their Feet, The View From Tall, Unexpected, Who Gets The Dog? and Operator. JJ recently joined 2DS Productions as its principle Creative Producer. In this role, JJ will develop and produce its current slate of productions, which include feature films Cubicle and Trivia and several episodic based projects.
Frank V. Ross
“Although hardly unknown within indie film circles, the films of Frank V. Ross remain under the radar for more mainstream audiences.” (J.J. Murphy)
The writer, director, and editor of his 8 feature films; Audrey The Trainwreck, one of the New Yorker’s top 25 films of 2010, and winner of best feature at the Sidewalk film festival. Tiger Talin Blue, was nominated for a Gotham Award (Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You).
Recently named one of New CIty’s 50 Screen Gem’s of Chiacgo “[Frank] is one of Chicago filmmaking’s best-kept secrets but could become one of the city’s shining virtues" (Ray Pride). He currently works as a waiter in suburban Westmont.
Steve was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. He attended Northwestern University where he received a B.A. in Environmental Science in 2011. He currently lives in Logan Square and works at a hedge fund, trading equity derivatives. During his free time, He writes fiction, makes films, and performs comedy. Steve is very passionate about the arts and is excited to expand its reach throughout underserved communities in Chicago.
Al is active in his Chicago community, and passionate about giving back through his various organizations he supports. Al works with youth programs and has leadership roles with the Chicago Fire Foundation and Jewish Council for Youth Services. He brings a lot of experience in operations and fundraising to Elevated Films, along with a passion for film through his 88 year old father Bert Rogoway. As legend has it, Al's father is able to recite who won the Academy Award for Best Actor/Actress each year dating back to 1940!
Kris Swanberg began her film career at Southern Illinois University where she studied documentary film production. Using naturalistic techniques and often working with non-actors, Swanberg went on to focus her career in narrative film.
Her first feature, It was great, but I was ready to come home, played in competition at the SXSW Film Festival in 2009, followed by her next feature, Empire Builder (2012) and short film Baby Mary (2014).
Unexpected, starring Cobie Smulders and Anders Holm, premiered in competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festivaland is Swanberg’s third feature.
Shane Simmons is a Chicago-based filmmaker and actor. He most recently produced Stephen Cone’s Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, which screened at festivals worldwide, theatrically in the US, and is now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix.
Other favorite projects include Michael Glover Smith's Mercury in Retrograde (in post-production), co-writer/directors Marty Schousboe & Morgan Lord’s Party Time Party Time (on Amazon/Vimeo/iTunes VOD), and the Stephen Cone-directed music video “Bending Light” for acclaimed Chicago band Sexy Fights. He also served as editor and colorist on Ignatiy Vishnevetsky's “Ellie Lumme.”
Originally from Iowa, Shane began his producing and acting career in the Quad Cities with co-writer/directors Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (Nightlight). The team collaborated on feature films in high school and college, and later a pilot for MTV, and currently have several projects in development, including a to-be-announced midwest-set thriller slated for 2017. www.shane-simmons.com
Stephanie graduated from Syracuse University in 2010 and has been working in film ever since. From producing countless film events and word of mouth screenings with The Peggy Siegal Company in New York to working on development and production for films including PASSENGERS, Stephanie is passionate about spreading her wealth of film knowledge to the community of Chicago. In addition to joining the team at Elevated, Stephanie also runs publicity at The Music Box Theatre.
Eric grew up in Ft. Worth, TX, and has lived in Chicago since 1988. He owns and operates Lakeview Baseball Club and Skybox on Sheffield, two rooftops in Wrigleyville, and has been trading hog futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange since 1993.
As a musician and a supporter of the arts, Eric feels strongly about creating programs to keep Chicago's youth off the streets.