10:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Photo: Joe Maza | Bravelux

Photo: Joe Maza | Bravelux

Brenda Webb | Chicago Filmmakers

Brenda Webb is the Executive Director of Chicago Filmmakers, where she started out as Program Director in 1978. In 1981, she founded Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, the second oldest festival of its kind in the world, for which she was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame as a “Friend of the Community.” She was among the top 10 on a list of the 50 most influential people in the Chicago film community in Newcity’s “Film 50 2017: Chicago’s Screen Gems.” In addition to her work at Chicago Filmmakers, she has served on the boards of the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture and the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, and was a founding board member of the Chicago chapter of Women in Film.


Josh Chicoine | Chicago International Movies and Music Festvial (CIMMfest)

Following many years as a  touring and recording musician, member of the Chicago band, the M’s, having played some of the more storied venues and festivals in the country, Josh co-founded the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, CIMMfest in 2008 (now Chicago International Movies and Music, NFP) serving as Executive, Artistic Director and Chief Development Officer.  CIMMfest became one of the most anticipated festivals of the year attracting thousands of attendees and showcasing thousands of artists.  

Along with producing events through CIMM year-round, he now works with businesses, startups, and brands as a consultant and event and content producer through Chico Projects.  His work as an ardent propagator of culture and supporter of artists, filmmakers, and musicians continues to be the focus of his professional  life.

Josh continues to write and record music in several projects and as a solo musician.  His first solo recording will be released in the Summer of 2019.