10:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Sommer Filmworks LLC was founded by filmmaker Ines Sommer, who is passionate about creating media projects that transcend barriers and center on people's real stories and experiences.
Her directorial credits include Sommer Filmworks' recent broadcast documentary Count Me In and the new documentary-in-progress Seasons of Change on Henry's Farm. Previously, she shot, produced and directed the human rights documentary Beneath the Blindfold in collaboration with co-director Kathy Berger. The documentary follows four international torture survivors as they struggle to make new lives for themselves and heal their deep physical and psychological wounds. Ines also produced and shot Pamela Sherrod Anderson's award-winning The Curators of Dixon School.
In addition to creating her own films, Ines has produced numerous commissioned videos and has worked extensively as a freelance cinematographer. Ines' camerawork has been featured in many award-winning broadcast documentaries, including projects for Chicago production companies Kartemquin Films (Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, In the Family, Hard Earned, and other titles) and Kindling Group (A Doula Story, The Calling, @home, No Small Matter).
Ines currently serves as the Associate Director of the MFA in Documentary Media program in Northwestern University's Radio/TV/Film Department, where she also teaches. She co-founded the non-profit media arts group Percolator Films and has organized and curated numerous film events, series, and festivals with an emphasis on community engagement.