Photo by Crystal Hodges
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER | CREATIVE DIRECTOR | CURATOR
KIMBERLY J. SOENEN
For 25 years Soenen has worked for major news, policy and media arts organizations as a supervising producer, writer, global business development director and communications strategist. Her expertise and vision have increased revenue and reach for journalism and media organizations, impacted policy and influenced legislation.
She has led high profile photo, film and audience engagement successes at Pulitzer, Oscar, Emmy, Ellie, World Press and Peabody Award winning companies including Harper's Magazine, Canon USA, National Public Radio, Kartemquin Films, Chicago Tribune and VII Agency.
She is the coproducer of Fatal Neglect, the Médecins Sans Frontières public health series filmed internationally. She is the supervising producer of Long Shadow, a film and national engagement project about mass incarceration policy in the United States. For the DOC NYC film festival she curated VII Uncommissioned which addressed select health issues globally, and she is the Executive Producer of Vicarious, a study of trauma reduction and harm prevention. She financed Defy about rape as a weapon of war for the International Rescue Committee and Under Cane which exposed the causes of Chronic Kidney Disease in sugar cane workers. She is also the editor of the History in Africa journal published by Cambridge University Press in London.
Soenen is a sought after educator, writer and consultant in visual storytelling and reportage. She teaches ethics in journalism, media literacy and visual communication. Her writing has been published across policy, culture, literary and news magazines including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Magazine, The 2nd Hand, Chicago Tribune, and Tarbell.
She resides in her hometown of Chicago.
ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Riley Gunderson is a photographer, writer, and artist based out of Fort Collins, Colorado and New York. She is currently studying to earn her BFA in Fine Arts with a minor in Art and Design History from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Previously, she worked as a Photography Assistant for Nicole Thomas Photography. Gunderson's work has been featured at Perspectives Gallery and published by Lithium Magazine. She writes for 10011 Magazine and is preparing for her in-studio year at Parsons. Her work is currently featured in the exhibition "When She Rises, We All Rise" exhibition at Art Gallery 118.
INSTALLATION and DESIGN
David Gates is the founder and Managing Director of Hungry City, and Luna's Spot, a community-driven performance space and recording studio in Chicago. Gates is a musician, singer, artist, writer and producer. The frontman for the now defunct band Spacebones, his first solo album will be released in April of 2021.
Evan Hatfield (he/him/his) is an independent consultant focusing on accessibility, operations and hospitality for cultural arts and events. From 2005 to 2019, he worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he created the position of Director of Audience Experience and implemented accessibility initiatives that include relaxed/sensory-friendly programming, touch tours, city-wide audio description trainings, open captioning, all-gender restrooms and the installation of induction hearing loops. From 2013-2018, he served as a founding co-chair of the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC), and served through 2019 as a member of the steering committee and vice president of the board. He frequently consults with organizations and events on accessibility programming and services and has presented on accessibility in various cities and university settings.
SVENNING IMPACT | Communication, Sustainability and Circularity Consultancy
Kirsti Svenning is based in Oslo, Norway. She has senior experience working with international politics and sustainable development. She currently works across several sectors helping companies upskill to make the circular change. She also lectures on sustainability, circularity and design. Svenning holds a BA equivalent in Communication and Media Studies from Høgskulen i Volda (HVO) and a BA in English and Russian from the University of Oslo. She is also an alumni of the USA IVLP 2012 program in Media Literacy. For more than ten years, Svenning was Communications Advisor at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.
Lowe is a recent graduate of DePaul University, Lowe is a Chicago based writer, editor and poet. She writes for Poems While You Wait, the group that produces original poetry in public places. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing and is currently seeking professional writing and teaching opportunities. Her first book of poems, It's Been Evening All Day Long, was released in 2020.
FISCAL AGENT | AGENCY PARTNER
TALKING EYES MEDIA
Talking Eyes Media is a 17 year old non-profit production company that strives to stimulate public dialogue and advocate for positive social change on the strength of the work. Talking Eyes produces documentary films, multimedia, books, exhibitions and national events centered on civil debate and civic engagement. In the spring of 2021,Talking Eyes Media received two prestigious film award honors from Pictures of the Year International (POYi) and the Washington, DC Film Festival's Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability.