Yvonne Welbon (She/Her) is an award-winning filmmaker and founder and CEO of the Chicago-based non-profit Sisters in Cinema, inspired by her documentary of the same name, about the history of Black women feature film directors. She is a Senior Creative Consultant at Chicken & Egg Pictures, and has produced and distributed dozens of award-winning films, including Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @100. Welbon’s work has been broadcast on PBS, Starz/Encore, TV-ONE, IFC, Bravo, the Sundance Channel, BET, HBO, Netflix, iTunes and screened in over one hundred film festivals around the world. Projects in development include The Spies Who Loved Me, a thrilling exposé on surveillance which focuses on the six-years she lived in Taipei, Taiwan and American Pride, a Black lesbian coming-of-age series set on the south-side of Chicago. She has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and chaired the Journalism & Media Studies Department at Bennett College. Raised in an Afro-Latinx Honduran household on the South Side of Chicago, Welbon holds a B.A from Vassar College, a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. In 2020 she became a member of the Documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.
Sisters in Cinema’s Business & Development Coordinator, Chloe Herring (She/Her) is a creative producer with aspirations of elevating diverse filmmakers and their stories as a creative executive. Storytelling has been a huge part of Herring’s journey to cinema, starting from the crib when her parents would read her bedtime stories, through a childhood with a huge imagination (but no TV), and in her early career as a journalist. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, Herring worked as an assistant editor, digital editor and content producer in television news, at the Miami Herald and at the Chicago Sun-Times. Sold on the power to captivate audiences through the art of film, Herring is now a graduate film student at Columbia College Chicago.
Ahlaam Delange (They/Them) is Social Media and Program Coordinator for Sisters in Cinema, and a training artist and animator with a passion for creating heartfelt stories. They are an independent filmmaker and have worked for various media groups, including OTV | Open Television, Knight Lab Northwestern University, and Kindling Group. Raised in a South African household in a pseudo country town of Texas, Delange spent hours reading and drawing stories. They received a B.A. in journalism from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where they honed in on journalism foundations and explored interactive media tools. Delange has taught interactive media tools to artists and aspiring journalists and facilitated Black, queer centered community wellness events in Chicago.