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Panelists


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Ines Sommer | Percolator Films

Besides producing films through her production company Sommer Filmworks and lensing projects for documentary companies like Kartemquin Films and Kindling Group, Ines Sommer has a longstanding interest in engaging audiences with independent cinema. Ines has organized and curated numerous film events, series, and festivals, both in staff and freelance capacities. She served as Chicago Filmmakers’ Program Director; co-curated the film selection for “Made in Chicago,” a major exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art; directed the Chicago Youth Media Festival (before its transition to the CineYouth Festival), and for the past decade has made her programming home at the non-profit Percolator Films. Percolator Films’ programs have included Evanston’s long-running Reeltime film and discussion series, the Talking Pictures Festival, and most recently the 2019 Doc Chicago conference. As Percolator Films’ co-founder and Executive Director, Ines is particularly interested in audience engagement, community-based programming, and fostering regional support for independent filmmakers. Ines currently teaches at Northwestern University, where she serves as the Associate Director of the MFA in Documentary Media program.

 
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Anthony Kaufman | Doc 10 & Chicago International Film Festival

Anthony Kaufman is a film programmer, instructor, and journalist. He is Senior Programmer at the Chicago International Film Festival and the co-founder and chief programmer of DOC10, Chicago's only documentary film festival. He has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Indiewire.com, the Village Voice and Variety and is currently a contributing editor to Filmmaker Magazine. He is also the editor of "Steven Soderbergh: Interviews" and the co-author of "Hope for Film: From the Frontline of the Independent Cinema Revolutions." He is also a Part-time Assistant Professor at The New School and Adjunct Faculty at DePaul University.

 
Photo: Timothy M. Schmidt

Photo: Timothy M. Schmidt

Mimi Plauché | Chicago International Film Festival

Mimi Plauché is Artistic Director of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, the longest-running competitive film festival in North America. She has been at the Festival for 14 years and oversees the artistic direction and programming of the annual Festival as well as the organization’s year-round film series. Before joining the Chicago International Film Festival, Plauché was working on a doctorate in Japanese literature and film at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of Fulbright-Hays, Japan Foundation, and Social Science Research Council fellowships, among others. Plauché previously worked in documentary and short subjects programming for Cinema/Chicago and, while living in Japan for 8+ years, she worked for the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. She has worked as a programming advisor and has served on juries and as jury president for a number of international film festivals.

 

Facilitators


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Aaron Greer | In/Motion Chicago’s International Dance Film Festival

Aaron Greer is an independent filmmaker with a diverse professional portfolio. Among some of the highlights of his work are the award-winning, narrative feature films, Gettin’ Grown (2005) and Service to Man (2016); his co-authored screenplay Fruit of the Tree, which was selected for Tribeca Film Festival’s All-Access program; and the dance documentary Flying Away, which was broadcast on public TV stations across the country. Greer is currently delving into yet another medium, producing and directing the narrative podcast Big Sandy.

In addition to his production work, the Chicago-based filmmaker is a founding member of In/Motion, Chicago’s International Dance Film Festival, where he programs the Emerging Artist Showcase. He is also an Associate Professor in Loyola University Chicago’s Film and Digital Media Program, teaching courses in editing, screenwriting, directing, and film studies.

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.