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Panelists


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Brian Hieggelke | Newcity

Brian and Jan Hieggelke are the founders of Newcity, the preeminent cultural publishing company in Chicago (and São Paulo, Brazil), which they launched in 1986. In 2014, they launched a sister film production and boutique distribution company, Chicago Film Project, to pursue opportunities that have three characteristics: superior quality, commercial viability and some kind of Chicago DNA. Their second film, Jennifer Reeder’s “Knives and Skin,” had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2019, followed by its North American premiere at Tribeca in spring 2019 and is playing festivals worldwide in advance of its more general release.

Their first film, "Signature Move" (2017), world premiered at SXSW before playing more than 150 festivals worldwide and racking up numerous awards, including the prestigious Grand Jury Prize for Best US Narrative Feature at Outfest. After a limited theatrical run in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and several other markets—in which it was the #1 film opening weekend in the US on a per-theater basis—the film launched on SVOD and TVOD platforms and is currently holding a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In addition, Chicago Film Project produced writer-director Hugh Schulze's "Dreaming Grand Avenue" in 2018, which is currently in post-production.

 
Photo: Eileen Moloney | EM Photography

Photo: Eileen Moloney | EM Photography

Ana Garcia Doyle | One Earth Film Festival

Ana Garcia Doyle is the Founder & Executive Director of the One Earth Film Festival, as well as the Project Lead and Public Speaker for Environmental Sustainability Initiatives. Ana has over 20 years of experience in marketing and product development, specializing in digital and online products for the consumer space, including search engine optimization, link building, and social media. Ana is also a community leader, advocate, and sought after public speaker in the area of environmental sustainability. Projects include leading an award-winning zero waste schools project, and founding and leading efforts for The One Earth Film Fest, the Midwest's Premier Environmental Film Festival.

Ana and her husband Jim managed a sustainable rehab to their 100 year-old Oak Park home, receiving a 2012 Green Award from the Village of Oak Park, and LEED Gold certification (2019) from the US Green Building Council. The renovation included converting the home to all-electric through the installation of a geothermal system, the addition of 48 solar panels that provide about 100% of the energy needs for their family of 5, and a sustainable landscape design that incorporates native plantings, edibles, and a rainwater harvesting and irrigation system. Reach Ana at ana@oneearthfilmfest.org or on social media at @gardoyle.

 
Photo: Timothy M. Schmitt

Photo: Timothy M. Schmitt

Vivian Teng | Chicago International Film Festival

Vivian Teng is Managing Director of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival and has been with the organization for 14 years. Teng oversees operations, finances, partnerships, and logistics for year-round programs, including the Chicago International Film Festival, Summer Screenings, and Education Programs. Before joining Cinema/Chicago, Vivian studied Fashion Marketing at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and was the Director of Marketing and Sales for Sunny Choi, a Toronto-based fashion designer with offices and showrooms in Toronto and New York. She brings over 10+ years of experience in fashion and entertainment with her to the Festival.

 

Facilitator


Photo: Joe Mazza | Brave Lux

Photo: Joe Mazza | Brave Lux

Eugene Sun Park | Full Spectrum Features

Eugene is a filmmaker and producer working in narrative and experimental forms. His films have screened at over 400 festivals, micro-cinemas, museums, galleries, and alternative screening venues around the world, including SXSW, BAMcinemafest, Outfest, Frameline, Chicago International, Cleveland International, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, and Antimatter (Victoria, Canada).

Eugene’s feature-length script Michael’s Story (a fictional drama inspired by the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin) won the screenplay competition at the 37th Asian American International Film Festival in New York. He is a 2019 recipient of the Jan and Frank Cicero Fellowship at the Newberry Library (Chicago), to support his screenplay for Resistance & Resettlement, a cinematic digital history project about Japanese American WWII incarceration.