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. 

Program & Production Coordinator, Kierra Lewis (she/her), is a creative producer who is committed to producing transformative stories full of culture and levity. She has been producing films, news segments, and short-form content for the past several years. Lewis developed a profound appreciation for the art of storytelling at a young age, initially influenced by early African American literature and films, ultimately leading to her passion and trajectory in cinema. Whether on or off set, Lewis makes sure her work centers around marginalized groups often neglected in TV & film. She has a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications and will earn her MFA in Creative Producing for Television & Film from Columbia College Chicago in 2022.

Producer, Resita Cox (she/her) is is a Chicago-based independent filmmaker. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. Resita launched her career in journalism at WTVD-TV in Raleigh, NC and WCTI-TV in New Bern, NC as a multimedia journalist and news reporter. Resita transitioned from news media to documentary film in 2018, where she was named a Chicago Filmmakers Digital Media Production Grantee for her film, Regrowth, which is about food and environmental justice on the West Side of Chicago. Resita has also worked with Kartemquin Films, one of the leading documentary film houses in the Midwest, as the Impact Producer on their Emmy-nominated docu-series produced with The Marshall Project, We Are Witnesses. In 2021, Resita completed a MFA in Documentary Media at Northwestern University. She is currently directing a film about the environmental racism that is erasing the first town established by Black people in the nation, Freedom Hill.

Community Connections Manager, Andrea Yarbrough (she/her) is a Chicago-based educator, maker, and curator. Her research explores how cultural workers regenerate sites of care through a blend of social praxis art, civic engagement, and urban agriculture. She is a steward of in c/o: Black women, a creative placekeeping initiative building functional sculptural objects and activating cartographies of care. Andrea holds a BA in English and Africana Studies from Eastern Illinois University, a MA in Africana Studies from the University at Albany-SUNY, and a MA in Museum and Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.