Shahari Moore is an alumna of Chicago State University, where she earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and was a recipient of the Kanye’ West scholarship for emerging artists in 2007. As a post-graduate, she later completed workshops with Second City, the Hurston Wright Foundation, Nickelodeon Writers Lab, On The Page Studio and the Writers Guild of America West. In 2011 she Co-Directed Swimmin’ Lesson with Dr. Christine List and won the Audience Choice Award at the Black Harvest International Film Festival in Chicago and Best Film Depicting the Experiences of Marginalized Peoples at the Black International Cinema in Berlin. In 2012, Swimmin’ Lesson was chosen as an Official Selection of the Short Film Corner at the Cannes International Film Festival in France. As a finalist for Tribeca All Access and the Page International Screenwriting Award for her script, The Smokey Robinson Story, she was recruited to write, The Law of Love and Cluck You! She received the Echoes of Excellence Award for Women in the Arts in 2010 for ESSENCE BESTSELLER, Violets. In 2011, Shahari was named Visiting Professor with the Cosby Screenwriting Fellowship at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Shahari is currently a Diverse Voices in Docs Fellow, a partnership between Kartemquin Films and the Community Filmmakers Workshop and is working on a documentary on the impact of Gwendolyn Brooks’ poetry upon youth.





Is a filmmaker/videographer and the founder of Sub Verse Studios. He is also the producer of City Vanguard, a documentary series. As a director and screenwriter, he has produced films, documentaries, concert DVDs, music videos and video art projects.  His past projects include the dramatic poetry film Natural Progression, Jazz artist Kafele‘s “Stone Crazy” music video, and Concert film for Chris Greene Quartet and William Kurk Enterprise. His work has been featured on WTTW and film festivals including Black Harvest Film Festival, Image Union Film Festival and The Chicago Short Comedy Film Festival.



As president of GRACE Media Group, Derek Grace has produced documentaries and promotional videos for the past 20 years. Before pursuing a career in video production, Derek spent 10 years as a computer programmer and systems engineer with IBM Corporation. Derek received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from UCLA, and a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He served on the board of directors for Chicago Access Network Television for several years.






Duke Wright is a 15-year new media artist. Duke earned his BFA in Advertising Art and established himself as a leading urban graphic designer in entertainment industry. Over the years he has develop a portfolio which is so diverse that it is hard to believe that one artist could cover so much ground work. Duke's art portfolio consists of many high profile clients such as Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Destiny's Child, Eminem, Katt Williams, The Wonder Girls, Kim Kardashian, Wayne Brady and Nick Cannon. He has also worked with company's such as Motorola, Hewlett Packard, Motown Records, Universal Pictures, Universal Music Group, The House Of Blues, Sega Gameworks, Power 92.3 FM, Arista Records, Columbia Records, RCA Records, McDonald's and Ncredible Entertainment.





Is the Speech and Theatre Instructor at Olive-Harvey College.  She is also a former graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University M.F.A. program.  She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Clark Atlanta University and she has extensive training in directing for television and film.Robin as always had a passion for photography and became fascinated with it while in college and working for within the theatre. Using cameras to capture timeless moments, her interest grew from there.  She has experience in portrait, wedding and recently completed her first photographic documentary of Swimmin' Lesson.

Ife is a visual anthropologist, documentary filmmaker, and film critic. Born into a family of artists and activists she graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Anthropology, (06) with a minor in photography and African American History. Ife completed her MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK (10) after creating a short documentary on daily life for girls in Rajasthan India. Ife has since lived in Chicago, teaching documentary and film production to youth as young as 6 years old through college at community centers and The Art Institute of Wisconsin. For the past four years she has been a Media Educator with Facets Multimedia, teaching media literacy, narrative editing, and documentary filmmaking. As a Diverse Voices in Documentary fellow with Kartemquin, Ife developed her own short observational film, and worked with others to produce and edit their projects. Ife has continued to work with The Community Film Workshop and Reel Black Filmmakers to host local screenings, and the Collected Voices, Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Fest. An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Ife believes race and gender should not be categories of a film festivals, but rather the very topics film seeks to explore.

Kamau Tyehimba has over thirty five years of experience behind the camera. He is passionate abou conscious projects that illuminate the beauty of the Black community He is the President of Reel Black Chcago, a filmmakers organization for writers, directors, producers, actors, camera operators, and sound technicians of color.​