Yvonne Welbon is Founder & CEO of the Chicago-based non-profit, Sisters in Cinema and a Senior Creative Consultant at Chicken & Egg Pictures. She is an award- winning independent filmmaker and has produced and distributed over 20 films which have screened on HBO, BET, PBS, Starz/Encore, TV-ONE, IFC, Bravo, Sundance Channel, Netflix and iTunes and in more than 100 film festivals around the world. Raised in an Afro-Latin Honduran household on the South side of Chicago, Welbon received a B.A. in History from Vassar College and then spent six years in Taipei, Taiwan, where she learned Mandarin and founded her first business, an arts magazine which she ran for five years that was the first of it’s kind in the nation. Welbon has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and chaired the Journalism and Media Studies Department at Bennett College. She completed an M.F.A. in Film/Video at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Ph.D. in Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women.
Sisters in Cinema’s Associate Producer, Lia Miller was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. A creative producer and writer, Lia received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cinema Arts and Sciences at Columbia College Chicago in 2016. She specializes in content creation, production management, script writing, and marketing/pr. Lia has freelanced on numerous media projects since graduation. Some of the notable companies she has worked with are the Hyde Park Art Center, Allied Integrated Marketing, Wright Bros. Photoplay, and Sisters in Cinema. In 2018 – 2019, Lia lived in Seoul, Korea where she taught English. She loves to participate in projects that are extremely inclusive and diverse. She hopes to use her art to promote cultural relativity in the world.