Iris K. Shim
Originally from Chicago, IL, Iris K. Shim graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology. After a year long stint in Los Angeles working on several films, including a documentary directed by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu, Iris returned to Chicago to produce and direct her first documentary short, OF KIN AND KIND, which tells the story of Andrew Suh, a man who, at the age of 19, was sentenced to a 100 year prison term for the shooting death of his older sister’s fiancé at her bidding. The film screened at the 2007 DisOrient Film Festival in Eugene, OR and the 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival. THE HOUSE OF SUH is the full-length version of Of Kin and Kind and is Iris’ debut feature documentary.
A graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gerry received his Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology, focusing his studies on media psychology and adolescent development. He has worked on PBS programs such as FRONTLINE (“The Age of AIDS”) and the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Gerry served as Associate Producer for RACE TO EXECUTION, which aired on PBS’s INDEPENDENT LENS. Gerry also recently worked at Antidote Films, an award winning New York based production company that has produced narrative and feature length documentary films. Mainly working in clearing archival rights and post production delivery, Gerry’s film credits from Antidote include ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED; CAMP VICTORY, AFGHANISTAN; THE DUNGEON MASTERS, and BOMB IT.
His films include TAKE OUT (Director/Writer/Producer, 2009 Asian International Film Festival); FAIR LAWN (Writer/Producer, Istanbul AFM International Film Festival & San Diego Latino Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival); THE QUEEN (Producer, 2009 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, Short Shorts Film Festival); and OF KIN AND KIND (Producer, 2007 Disorient Film Festival, 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival). Currently, Gerry is a M.F.A candidate in Film at Columbia University, School of the Arts.
A graduate from the engineering program at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Joseph has worked on several industrials, PSA’s, music videos, and independent projects as a videographer and editor. Currently, he is an online editor and assistant colorist at Final Frame Post in New York City, where he has worked on films such as DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE and THE COVE, both selections to 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and producer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released seven albums, including the acclaimed literary collaboration “As Smart As We Are,” featuring lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Neil Gaiman, among others. His most recent works include the solo albums “Songs For Ice Cream Trucks” and the forthcoming “Songs For Unusual Creatures,” the website Songs For Newsworthy News, and the soundtrack for the movie THE GOOD MOTHER. As a writer, Michael’s work has appeared in such journals as McSweeney’s, The Lifted Brow, and Post Road. He hosts a podcast series with Rick Moody called 18:59 and is a producer for the website Cassette From My Ex. Hearst has performed and given lectures and workshops at universities, museums, and cultural centers around the world. He has toured with The Magnetic Fields, and performed with The Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall. Hearst has appeared on such shows as NPR’s Fresh Air, A+E’s Breakfast With The Arts, and NBC’s The Today Show.
Kristen Nutile is an independent documentary filmmaker and editor based in New York City. She recently collaborated with Albert Maysles and Tanja Meding on a documentary about the critically acclaimed New York-based dancer and choreographer Sally Gross, which premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Her editing credits include FROM PRISON TO HOME, a verite feature-length documentary about the obstacles that people face when they reenter society and SPEAK OUT: I HAD AN ABORTION which documents the stories of 11 women ranging in age from 21 to 85. She has also edited for Maysles Films Inc. and Human Rights Watch. In addition, Kristen has worked on several documentary films including MISS AMERICA and SEABISCUIT for The American Experience (PBS).