Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator living and working in Chicago. His work in moving images, performance, text and occasional objects has exhibited widely in museums, cinemas, galleries, bars and barns, including recent solo presentations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Roots and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center, D Gallery, Syntax Season, Cinema Contra, Microlights, Echo Park Film Center, Lease Agreement and the University of Chicago Film Studies Center. His platformist and curatorial projects include the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, programming at the Nightingale Cinema, instigating Western Pole, the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project Trunk Show (with Raven Falquez Munsell), programming through ACRE TV and organizing exhibitions, screenings and performance events both independently and institutionally. His writing has appeared on and in Bad at Sports, Cine-File, Incite Journal of Experimental Media, The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature, Temporary Art Review, Big Big Wednesday and YA5. A native of Santa Fe, he earned his BA from Bard College and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was named a "2014 Breakout Artist" by Newcity and has attended residencies at ACRE, Ox-Bow, Summer Forum, the Chicago Cultural Center and Links Hall. He is an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and teaches in the Chicago Public Schools through CAPE. He is the lead singer of The Fucs (a Fugs cover band) and was profiled recently in Newcity's Film 50.
Nellie Kluz is a filmmaker and artist based in Chicago. Using curiosity, observation and analysis, she records and interprets various locations and communities – focusing on social interactions, belief systems and material realities.
Her films have screened at venues like the Full Frame Film Festival, Festival de Popoli, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival Boston, the Maryland Film Festival, The DocYard, the Sidewalk Film Festival, Rooftop Films and others. She has been the recipient of the Princess Grace Film Award and a Rooftop Films Short Film Grant. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 Faces of Independent Film" for 2017.