2015 Festival Jury
Kevin B. Lee has made over 250 video essays exploring film and media. He is the recipient of the 2015 ARTE Creative Newcomer Award from the European Media Art Festival. His desktop documentary â€œTransformers: The Premakeâ€ was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound Magazine and was the Opening Night selection for the Berlinale Film Festival Critics Week. Â
Michael W. Phillips Jr. is the director of South Side Projections, a nonprofit film organization. He has been the director of the LaSalle Bank/Bank of America Cinema, the film program director of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, and the director of the Black Cinema House. He also makes found-footage music videos and the occasional music-oriented documentary. Â
Ines Sommer is a Chicago-based filmmaker, cinematographer, educator, and curator. She has directed genre-crossing films for more than two decades. Inesâ€™ company Sommer Filmworks LLC produces documentaries and videos for the non-profit market and her camerawork has been featured in numerous award-winning documentaries. Besides her filmmaking career, Ines has also taught film/video production at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern Universityâ€™s Medill School of Journalism, and elsewhere. She is the founding Executive Director of the non-profit media arts group Percolator Films and has organized and curated numerous film events, series, and festivals with an emphasis on community engagement.