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Luminist Films produces independent films and media
with an interest in personal stories, issues of social justice, art and education.

Laurie Little, founder of Luminist Films, is an award winning filmmaker with over fifteen years of experience. Her documentaries and short narrative films have screened internationally in festivals such as Salento International, in Italy and The Gold Lion Film Festival in Swaziland. Little has also worked as a videographer and colorist on a number of award winning feature length documentary films. She holds an MFA in film and video from Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches courses such as, “Documentary and Social Change” and “Culture, Race and Media”.

Jack Hewings is a producer and sound designer. He has worked with Luminist films productions since 1999.

Caroline Brandes, is a producer and director of photography. She shot the Luminist Films productions, Lonewolf and God's Eye.

Mary Novak has an MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago. She has freelanced in the film industry for several years, including as a writer/producer for educational CD- ROMs. She currently teaches screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago. Mary is the writer, producer and director of Luminist Films current production, Highlights.

Sree Nallamothu holds an MFA in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago. She has collaborated with Sakshi, Human Rights Watch India, taught at Columbia College Chicago and worked extensively with inner-city youth from Chicago through the Community TV Network.

Ronit Bezalel has been directing social documentaries for the past ten years. She has shown her work on national television in Canada and England, and exhibited on the festival circuit. Bezalel also works as a Chicago producer, Web Programmer, and freelance sound recordist. Bezalel worked at the National Film Board of Canada, where she directed When Shirley Met Florence. This video is a candid look at a 55 year friendship between two Jewish Women in their Mid-Sixties. Voices of Cabrini is Ronit Bezalel's fifth documentary.

Genevieve Wolff moved to Chicago in the Spring of 2002 after graduating from Vassar College with a degree in film production. She has worked as an editor on numerous projects, including two feature documentaries in 2003: A Day on the Force and Patriot Acts. She has also designed and taught two successful video production programs for students in Chicago Public Schools.

Tanja Deshida works professionally in the film industry in Chicago as a production designer. She has worked on numerous documentaries and independent film projects as well as national ads and Hollywood feature films. Deshida graduated with honors from the Columbia College film program in 2001.