Debra Tolchinsky, director of Northwestern University's MFA program in documentary media and associate professor of Radio-TV-Film, is a documentary filmmaker and curator. She received an AB from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
David E. Tolchinsky's work has been seen at such venues as Sundance, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Kennedy Center, and distributed in theatres, on DVD and on iTunes/Amazon Prime.
Shuling Yong is a Singapore-born, Chicago-based documentary filmmaker, sound recordist and DP with a passion for social change. She has worked on films like Radical Grace (Hot Docs, 2015, dir. Rebecca Parrish), America to Me (Sundance, 2018, dir. Steve James), and And She Could Be Next (dir. Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia).
Claire Tuft is a Brooklyn-based writer, producer, and production manager. Previous projects include, Co-Producer for Ms. White Light (starring Judith Light and Roberta Colindrez, Official Selection: SXSW 2019) and Production Manager for The Miseducation of Bindu (Executive Produced by Duplass Brothers Productions). For the past year she has also served as the Director of Development for Pigasus Pictures, an Indiana/New York-based production company.
Joan Sherman is a program, strategy, and evaluation consultant with expertise in a range of fields, including human rights, criminal justice, gender equity, social justice, philanthropy, and community engagement. A specialist in designing and implementing strategic plans, Joan helps her clients envision and achieve ambitious goals. She has worked for CARE International, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Northwestern University, Children’s Place International, and the Libra Foundation.