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Director and Producer Red Tremmel is a professor of history, sexuality, gender, and leisure, who received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Red is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane University and a fellow of Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Fellowship Program. Red has taught at The Evergreen State College and Portland State University and has had work funded by by the Social Science Research Council’s Sexuality Research Fellowship Program; the University of Chicago’s Center for Gender Studies Fellowship Program; the James Hormel Sexuality Fellowship Program; and, the Lesbian and Gay Studies Project.

Red is currently working on a manuscript called From the City on the Hill to Sin City, which focuses on the explosion of Las Vegas tourism between 1900-1960. In addition to teaching, Red is currently researching the history of New Orleans’ artists, performers, and other culture makers.

Producer Courtney Hermann is an independent documentary filmmaker and educator from Portland, Oregon. Courtney produced the award-winning documentary Standing Silent Nation, which aired nationally on PBS’s Emmy-award winning documentary series, P.O.V. Praised by The New York Times, the documentary was featured at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and won the audience award at several film festivals, including the Sedona International Film Festival. She is currently Co-Producing the documentary work-in-progress, Crying Earth Rise Up.

Co-Producer and Assistant Director Gwen Lis is an independent documentary filmmaker and currently owns a videography company in New England. As one of the two Sissy Butch Brothers, Gwen produced “Gurlesque Burlesque,” a highly acclaimed series of extraordinary burlesque shows culminating the time, energy, and magic of its performers and Chicago’s queer community. Gwen is currently directing and producing Foodie Fatale, a web series that follows its host Jocelyn Ruggiero (La Divina Cucina), through an intimate look at women in food, and All Things Pass, an independent documentary about a controversial genocide investigator who battles between rage and hope to create a community sanctuary of peace in Western Massachusetts.

Gwen holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and is a graduate of NYC’s Avid Media Video Editing Master Program.

Director of Photography Marie-Joëlle Rizk is a Chicago-based filmmaker born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. Her DP work includes the award-winning films Stray Dogs, Pretty Ladies, Sacred Sounds, and A Wink and a Smile. She has also shot dozens of such major reality shows as America’s Next Top Model, The Real World, Making the Band, Starting Over, King of the Jungle, MTV’s Made, Buy Me; as well as medical documentaries such as The Critical Hour, Maternity Ward and Chicago’s Lifeline. Her own films Paper Gardenias, Tabbouleh and Changing Grounds, have screened in dozens of international festivals including SXSW in Austin, Texas and The Beirut International Film Festival.

MJ’s past experience includes five years in advertising writing and directing TV commercials for the Arab market for clients such as Cadbury, Crowne Plaza, Hyundai and Bata; four years at PBS shooting and technical directing; and three years teaching film, video and cinematography at Columbia College Chicago. She has a BS in TV and Photography from Bradley University and an MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College.

Editor Kerribeth Elliott is the owner of Kerribeth Elliott Video Production Services in Portland, Oregon, where she shoots and edits documentaries, identity pieces and industrial/corporate videos. Kerribeth crewed on the award-winning documentary Standing Silent Nation, where she worked in several different capacities from development to distribution and is currently working with director Janet McIntyre on the production of the documentary Faded. She holds a BA degree in Film and Video Production from Columbia College Chicago.

Post-Production Coordinator Ali Cotterill is a film and video editor out of Brooklyn, NY. She earned undergraduate degrees in English and Gender Studies from Oberlin College, and in Digital Film and Video from the Art Institute of Portland. Ali’s films have screened internationally at festivals, as well as on Logo TV and Current TV. She is currently editing the documentary Bebe, directed by Emily Branham.