Announcing Tonight's Producers Panel!

Every First Tuesday, the Midwest Independent Film Festival opens the night with a pre-show panel, where the fest brings together three or four stalwarts in the independent film and television industry to discuss a particular topic. Tonight is all about getting your production off the ground, getting it funded, getting it made. Tonight's esteemed panelists are...


Yvonne Welbon is the Founder of the Chicago-based non-profit Sisters in Cinema, Senior Creative Consultant at Chicken & Egg Pictures and an award-winning independent filmmaker. She has successfully produced and distributed over 20 films which have screened on PBS, Starz/Encore, TV-ONE, IFC, Bravo, the Sundance Channel, BET, HBO and in over one hundred film festivals around the world.

Alicia Haywood (pictured here), Executive Producer, THE A.V. CLUB HOSTED BY JOHN TETI

Alicia Haywood has been working in the professional media industry for more than 23 years. She is the executive producer of “The A.V. Club Hosted By John Teti” (Fusion TV, Thursdays at 8pm) and the creator of iSpeakMedia, a series of media literacy programs designed to help adolescents (and the grown-ups who care for them) better understand their relationship with the media.

Kendall Goldberg, Director/Producer, WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD

Originally from Chicago, Kendall Goldberg graduated with a B.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. It was there that she was honored with two prestigious awards — the Women of Chapman Endowed Filmmaker Grant and the Zonta Award — to help make her thesis film, GLORIA TALKS FUNNY. Her documentary short DEMPSEY THE DIABETIC SUPERHERO is currently a Semi Finalist in the 44th annual Student Academy Awards. Her short, WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD, premieres tonight at the Midwest Independent Film Festival, stars Jon Heder (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) and acts as a proof of concept for the feature film, which will be shot this August in Illinois.

Moderator is filmmaker and WGN Radio host Amy Guth!

Your tickets to Tuesday's festival include admission to THE PRODUCERS PANEL at 6:30 pm as well as the FEMALE FILMMAKERS NIGHT shorts program which follows it at 7:30 pm. Click here to purchase your tickets for Tuesday!