DAN RYBICKY (Producer/Director) is an award-winning filmmaker and tenured professor in Cinema and Television Arts 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 was recently a consulting producer on The Area, which premiered in April 2018 at the Full Frame Documentary Festival, and he is currently producing Genius of a Different Hue, a new feature documentary about the history of black advertising in development with Kartemquin Films.
BRIAN ASHBY(Cinematographer/Editor) began his filmmaking career co-directing the feature Scrappers, a three-year chronicle of two families surviving in Chicago's informal scrap metal economy. Roger Ebert included Scrappers on his Best Documentaries of 2010 list. Ashby co-created and co-directs two documentary web series: The Grid, distributed through Gapers Block, and Central Standard: On Education, a co-production with WTTW11. He recently co- produced the historical documentary feature Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, which premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Ashby's documentary projects have been supported by PBS Digital Studios, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, and the Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation, and have been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Liverpool Biennial, and the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.