Keith Purvis has worked as a film editor and motion designer for various videos and short films including Peep Game (2003), a film featured at the Black Hollywood Film Festival, and Reversal of Fortune (2004), one of the films selected for the Russell Simmons Def Filmmaker Competition. Starting as an art director and working with high profile clients including YRB Magazine, Whirlpool, Nike and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Keith began looking for ways to merge his love of filmmaking with new media. In 2008 Purvis founded The Junction Group, a new media production company that creates films and distributes them offline, online and through mobile technology. The Junction Group has produced projects for the National Urban League, IMAN, Martin Luther King Fair Housing Exhibit Center, Namasté Laboratories, NuNaat, The Cradle, and many more.
With over 20 years of experience behind the lens, Darryl has made a commitment to producing visual solutions that meet the creative and technical demands of a diverse clientele. Having the ability to move from behind the camera to the role of a producer has allowed him the unique perspective of being able to tell a captivating story from concept to completion. His projects have given him extensive national and international experience, providing him the necessary skills to adapt to a variety of situations and work with people of various cutlures. Darryl has worked on a variety of projects ranging from documentaries and corporate assignments to independent films, commercials and live events. A few of the organizations that he has worked with include Google, Kartemquin Films, Casey Family Programs, Cities United, Namasté Laboratories, The National Urban League, Village Leadership Academy, Johnson Publishing Company, AARP, Saks Fifth Avenue and Walmart.
Dan Rybicky is an award-winning filmmaker and tenured professor in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago. He produced and co-directed ITVS/Kartemquin Films' critically-acclaimed feature documentary Almost There, which screened at over thirty festivals before being distributed theatrically, digitally, and on public television in 2016. After receiving his BA at Vassar College and his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dan began working with and consulting in various production capacities for Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, and John Leguizamo. Dan recently became a Consulting Producer on Scrappers Film Group's The Area, and his latest directorial project - a short documentary about health care filmed in (and titled) Accident, MD - will premiere in the coming year.
Heidi Pearson is a 16 year veteran of Public Relations Strategy and content creation. Heidi has crafted branded entertainment and consumer engagement campaigns while consulting for Chicago’s top public relations firms, including Edelman, Weber Shandwick and Ketchum PR. Heidi combined her love for storytelling and photography with her expertise in PR strategy.
Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film and television industries. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Michigan and obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a certificate in Business & Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.