Gary Sherman is Executive Producer/Director at Serving Time LLC. He has a distinguished and extensively celebrated career in film and is one of the most original directors in the history of the horror film genre. He is credited with a number of feature films, among them: LISA - Co-Writer/Director, MGM/UA Production; POLTERGEIST III - Executive Producer/Co-Writer/Director, an MGM/UA Production; WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE - Co-Writer/Director, an Arthur Sarkissian/New World Pictures Production; VICE SQUAD - Co-Writer/Director, A Hemdale/Avco-Embassy Production; DEAD AND BURIED - Director, Aspen/PSO/Avco-Embassy Production; DEATH LINE - Writer/ Director, A Jay Kanter/ Alan Ladd Jr./20th Century Fox (UK)Productions. He has served as executive producer, writer and director for a variety of ABC-TV, Showtime and A&E programs. He is currently a member of the Writer's Guild of America and the Director’s Guild of America.
Fawzia Mizra is an actor, writer, producer named a “Top 10 Creative” by Indiewire in 2015, a 2015 3Arts Award Grantee in acting, named a “Rising Star” of Chicago’s indie filmmaking scene by WBEZ. Mirza’s award-winning films have screened at festivals around the world, including 'The Queen of My Dreams', which screened at over 70 festivals globally and was nominated for a Golden Hugo at the Chicago Int'l Film Festival in 2013. Most recently, her short film 'The First Session' was a finalist at the 2015 NBCUniversal Film Festival. Her comedic short film 'Spunkle' world premieres at festivals in spring 2016. 'Signature Move' -- a comedic feature film, produced and starring Mirza, which begins production June 2016 -- received an Honorable Mention at the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival/IFP Chicago Pitch Session and was one of three “exceptional projects” invited by the Tribeca Film Institute to the 2016 Tribeca Film Institute Network Market.
Katelyn Pankoke is the designer and creative director behind Chicago-based bridal line Elaya Vaughn. Kate was also a contestant on both season 11 and 12 of the Emmy award winning show Project Runway. She debuted her first ready-to-wear collection during Mercedez-Benz Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week in New York. She dressed Heidi Klum for Klum's Surprise fragrance campaign.
Emma Michalak is an actor, award-winning independent filmmaker, and the founder, president and director of programming for the Princeton Film Festival. In addition to overseeing all activity in the programming, operations, finance, marketing and public relations departments of PFF, Emma finds time to teach poetry and performing arts to at-risk high school students.
Darrell A. White is a photographer and the owner of Darel Photography, which specializes in wedding, fashion, portrait and industrial photography. He has been in business for more than 30 years, serving scores of clients in the Greater Chicago area.
Erik Kipp is president and creative director of Eric Kipp Custom Clothiers Company. Dedicated to the time honored tradition of tailoring, Eric oversees all design, textile sourcing, manufacturing and fittings for the Chicago-based company. His eponymous ready-to-wear line features masculine, sharply tailored luxury suits and separates.
Chan C. Smith is an independent filmmaker from Chicago who currently makes a living as the Multimedia Producer at Johnson Publishing Company, where she is responsible for creating compelling visual content for the online publications of JET and EBONY magazines. Chan was director and editor on the film “Girls Like Us!” which won in the category of Best Cinematography at the 2013 St. Tropez Film Festival in France, and was selected to screen at the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival. This film now has national distribution with Maverick Entertainment.
Nicki Brashear is the founder of Fashionista Chicago, the style hub with a special focus on emerging independent designers and hidden boutiques. Nicki is currently an advisor for the Fashion Segment of Lake FX event 2015; and has been a guest on WGN RADIO, and on FOX talking about Eco-Friendly Fashion.
Erika Degraffinreaidt is founder and senior fashion stylist of French Vendette'. Erika is an internationally renowned fashion/wardrobe stylist working with designers, filmmakers, music artists, playwrights and magazines to propel their name and their brands to the peak of their respective markets.