Fawn Ring, Producer
Fawn Ring is the executive producer of cultural & entertainment programming at WTTW Chicago. She has been the driving force behind many of WTTW's most innovative arts programming initiatives. Her producing credits include five programs for PBS's Great Performances series since 1989, as well as the highly acclaimed special, Mozart By The Masters with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Victor Borge. Other production credits include Love In Four Acts, a PBS special featuring works created especially for television by four Chicago choreographers. She was co-executive producer for the award-winning documentary Record Row: The Cradle of Rhythm and Vanishing Act: Memories of Vaudeville.
She is host for Artbeat Chicago, a weekly arts magazine series showcasing culture and the arts in and around Chicago, which she was involved in launching in 1997. She is presently executive producer of Network Chicago Presents, a performance series produced in conjunction with Chicago arts and performance organizations. She is also executive-in-charge of Wild Chicago, an offbeat series that explores Chicago's most unusual and surprising people, places and things to do, and executive producer for arts specials and documentaries.
Monica Lam, Producer
Monica Lam is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker who has worked around the world. For the PBS series FRONTLINE/World, she followed a social entrepreneur's effort to transform the lives of poor children through music, examined whaling traditions in the North Atlantic and covered political tensions faced by Muslims in Xinjiang, China. She has documented the lives of Yanomami Indians in the Amazon, taken her camera into sweatshops in southern China, and explored the aftermath of apartheid in the Academy Award-nominated story of a South African photographer.
David Petersen, Director
David Petersen is an Academy Award-nominated director whose films are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the National Gallery, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which heralded his film Let the Church Say Amen, as "one of the best documentaries of 2004." He's exhibited films at The Library of Congress, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and as an official selection at Sundance. He is an assistant professor in Media Culture at CUNY, Staten Island.