Jiayan "Jenny" Shi
Director / Producer / DP
Jiayan “Jenny” Shi is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker and video journalist who is passionate about social justice issues regarding people of color. She shoots, edits and produces video stories and short documentaries about immigration, race and crime in Chicago for multiple local outlets. She is also working on several projects as a researcher, digital content editor and translator including the ITVS-funded digital series “Pulling The Thread” and the 2019 Sundance selection “American Factory”. Before Shi came to the U.S., she worked with China Central Television (CCTV) and Shanghai Media Group (SMG), helping produce investigative TV programs and a political TV documentary. Jenny’s work has won a Chicago College Emmy and earned a nomination for a Student Academy Award.
Brent E. Huffman
Executive Producer / Producer
Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, writer and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. His work ranges from documentaries aired on The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS and Al Jazeera, to Sundance Film Festival premieres, to ethnographic films made for the China Exploration and Research Society. He has directed, produced, shot and edited short documentaries for online outlets like The New York Times, TIME, Salon, Huffington Post and PBS Arts. Most recently, Huffman completed the documentary Saving Mes Aynak about the fight to save Mes Aynak, a 5,000-year-old Buddhist site in Afghanistan, threatened by a Chinese copper mine. "Saving Mes Aynak" has won over thirty major awards, been translated in over twenty languages and has been broadcast on television in over fifty countries. The film premiered on Netflix in January 2017.
Diane Moy Quon
Diane Quon lived in Los Angeles for more than 17 years before moving back to her hometown of Chicago. While in Los Angeles, she worked at NBC and at Paramount Pictures where she was last the vice president of marketing. She is currently producing documentaries with Kartemquin Films including the 2018 Oscar-nominated and Sundance award-winning Minding the Gap directed by Bing Liu; Left-Handed Pianist along with Howard Reich and co-directed by Gordon Quinn and Leslie Simmer; The Dilemma of Desire directed by the Peabody Award-winning Maria Finitzo; and Finding Yingying directed by DVID Fellow, Jiayan "Jenny" Shi. Diane is a 2017 and 2018 Film Independent Fellow and is also developing a fiction film based on the New York Times best-seller Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
John Farbrother is an award-winning editor whose work has aired on Discovery, History Channel, National Geographic, and CNBC. John’s first feature documentary, Siskel/Jacobs’ Louder Than a Bomb, won the Humanitas Prize for Documentary was one of Roger Ebert’s top 10 docs of 2011. His most recent work includes No Small Matter, a film about about the power and potential impact of early childhood education, and the 2018 Oscar-nominated documentary, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. Among his other editing credits are numerous documentary shorts and short films, including Steve James’ The Value of Work, part of the 2014 Cynopsis Social Good Award-winning web series, We The Economy.
Co-producer / DP
Shilin Sun has been directing and producing music video, short films and commercials at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where he acquired four years of filmmaking experience and attained his BS in Physics. To deepen his artistic and technical expertise, he joined the Film Production MFA program at ArtCenter College of Design in 2018. Having grown up immersed in both traditional and modern Chinese culture, Shilin is particularly interested in the social forces that have accompanied the drastic cultural, societal, and economic changes around the developing countries.
Sparking democracy through documentary since 1966, Kartemquin is a collaborative community that empowers documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society.
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