Dave Hoekstra / Producer / Writer
 
Dave Hoekstra is a Chicago author and radio host.
 
He was a columnist-critic at the Chicago Sun-Times from 1985 through 2014, where he won a 2013 Studs Terkel Community Media Award. He is a weekend host on WGN-AM 720 in Chicago. His book “The People’s Place (Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences From the Civil Rights Era to Today)|” was released October, 2015 on Chicago Review Press. He is currently working on an oral history of Disco Demolition, rock n’ roll and house music to be published in April, 2016.
 
Dave wrote and co-produced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special “The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement,” nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for Outstanding achievement for a Documentary Program—Cultural Significance. To see more visit www.davehoekstra.com
 
Tom Vlodek / Director
Vlodek is a Chicago-based, freelance video director/videographer. He often work s for high- end production magazine shows like CBS ’ 48 Hours and 60 Minutes, HBO ’s Real Sports, NBC ’s Dateline, ABC ’s 20/20 and PBS’ Frontline .  He has been honored with an Emmy Award for his work.  

Brent Hannigan/Editor

Brent Hannigan has been a video editor in Chicago for over 20 years and has worked on dozens of film and television documentaries. When he is not editing, Brent is composing and producing cinematic music in his home studio. To see more visit www.bwhpost.com

 
Jamie Ceaser / Co- Producer
Jamie’s career began at legendary WTTW in Chicago, one of the country’s leading public television stations, creating award-winning documentaries, innovative arts programming, timely public affairs and rousing music shows. 
Her work as an independent producer includes segment producing for CBS Evening News and the Newshour on PBS. Jamie’s work has been seen on PBS, AMC, TLC, A & E, The Travel Channel, C-Span and VH-1 on programs like Sneak Previews, CenterStage, The Frugal Gourmet, Movie Club with John Ridley, Home Made Simple, Remembering Chicago: The Boomer Years and Local, USA.
Over a course of a career that has literally seen the face of TV change, Jamie’s experience has been recognized with nine Emmy Awards, two Public Broadcasting Awards, the NATPE Award, a Lisagor Award, the Gracie Award, Women in Film, Focus on Achievement Award and the Chicago Television Academy’s Silver Circle Award.
 
Abbey Waterworth, Associate Producer.

Abbey was born in Clever, Missouri in 1997. She began singing when she was 7 and playing when she was 10. She cut her teeth on Bluegrass music. She incorporates several styles into her music, including traditional, oldies, indie, pop, and country. Lately she has been fascinated with 1920’s Jazz.

 In August of 2016, Waterworth debuted her concept album. Local music influenced her heavily, and she wanted to pay homage to the depth of music in the Ozarks. The album shows off the artistic stylings of Waterworth and producer Nick Sibley. Songs ranging from May Kennedy-McCord’s to Tom Whitlock’s and Georgio Moroder’s Take My Breath Away.
Currently Waterworth resides in Springfield, Missouri, where she attends college, works, and plays music. She is looking forward to releasing new songs, writing, and traveling to other cities to play music.
 
René Greblo / Sound Technician
René Greblo has been working as a Soundman / Technician since the mid 1980’s. He moved to Chicago upon graduation at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and has been freelancing ever since. His work has taken him to breaking news events all across the country, from the OKC Bombing, the BP oil spill, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. His efforts have appeared on morning and evening news shows for CBS, NBC, and ABC, as well as magazine shows like 60 Minutes, Dateline, and 20/20. In 2013 he won a Peabody for his part in ABC News team coverage of Superstorm Sandy. 
He’s also been known to have a knack with a still or video camera, to the sometime amazement of his colleagues.

Sharon Rutledge 

 Sharon is an Art enthusiast with a curious disposition. After earning a BA in Illustration from Northern Illinois University, she moved to Chicago and began to explore. Eventually, landing an internship with a video production company, she began experimenting with Animation.

https://vimeo.com/rutledge

Her creative process mirrors her philosophy; a balancing act, combining digital technology with organic elements. She welcomes the challenge of a perpetually changing environment; approaching each project and each day with eager sensitivity.