Our Histories and Websites
Grace McPhillips- Actress and Executive Producer of The Other One, Sterling Rock Productions
Grace McPhillips is a leader in Chicago’s voiceover and screen acting community. Her production company, Sterling Rock Productions, creates feature films, shorts, television series, and the Producers Patio Podcast. In 2014 her recently produced feature The Other One toured to many festivals, winning awards, and was an Audience Choice Nominee at the prestigious 50th Anniversary Chicago International Film Festival and will be in wide release through Indican Pictures this Summer. Her short prequel film entitled Eclipse world premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. In 2016 Grace will tour the films through public screening and educational series called “The Forgiveness Tour.”
As an actress, Grace has danced with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Salome with Deborah Voight, sung with the famous Stanley Paul Orchestra, other bands, and recently completed her 6th album with her band Mysteriam (available on itunes), produced/starred/directed award-winning independent films, and has lent her voice to numerous commercials and radio ads nationwide. She has adapted Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle for a dramatic TV series to film in Chicago and has a biographical dramatic comedy feature about Zelda Fitzgerald in development. When she was just a child, Grace’s family opened the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in collaboration with Fitzgerald descendants. Grace is honored to have such intimate knowledge and is thrilled to one day share Zelda’s story with the world.
www.TheOtherOneMovie.com Wide Release Available September 8th, 2015
Kylie Flavell- TV Host, Producer, DP & Editor
Kylie's love for film began when she majored in Neo-Realist Italian Cinema and grew even deeper when she ran away to live in Italy. After working as a producer and TV host and being told by camera crews and post production houses that how she wanted to make food and travel television was too ambitious and too expensive, she decided to teach herself how to do every aspect of the production from lighting and filming to editing and colour grading.
While many people laughed at her naive plan to make a 13-part travel series completely alone filming everything herself and handling post production and distribution, Kylie was motivated by the intimacy and flexibility allowed in being the ultimate micro-indie. Her TV series is now selling into territories all over the world to networks such as NatGeo and Discovery, and she is currently shooting a travel web series that has her in a new foreign country every month and is reaching over a million views on YouTube.
Komal Minhas- Producer of Dream, Girl and Owner of KoMedia, Inc.
Komal Minhas is an Indo-Canadian film producer, writer, investor, and president of KoMedia Inc. She has been deeply invested in improving the lives of women and girls globally, and champions this work with her continued investments and work in film and storytelling.
Komal is the producer of Dream, Girl, a revolutionary documentary film that shares the inspiring and powerful stories of female entrepreneurs and CEOs to inspire the next generation of women and girls to live their dreams. The film has been featured in Forbes, The Washington Post, Elle Magazine, and TED. The film is set to release October 2015.
She has worked with Coca-Cola Global, and The Huffington Post, speaks globally about leadership, and women in film, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her continued work in leadership, media, and philanthropy. In 2012, Komal was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Komal is taking the Dream, Girl movement global to enable more women and girls to dream big in business, media, and life to further uplift our global economy.
Kate Perotti- Producer of Heatstoke, (Gus Van Sans EP) and CEO of Endale Pictures
Director/Producer/Writer/Cinematographer/Photographer/Editor/Idealist, Kate Perotti works in both NY and LA, continues to be integrally involved in cutting edge films, photography, mixed media, art and commerce. Called a “creative powerhouse” by UK FastMedia Magazine she is first and foremost a vision-oriented innovator who is willing to take risks, work with dogged perseverance, determination and generosity of spirit at each level. In production, she has worked in nearly every position behind the camera.
MOMz Hot ROCKs was Kate's first documentary feature which previewed at the Jacob Burns Film Center in NY as part of the Celebrating Women Filmmakers Series, won the Audience Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, won "Most Entertaining Documentary" at Doc'Miami, was invited as one of five Americans to ZagrebDox and was LA Weekly’s “Pick of the Week” when it screened as part of Jerry Fialka’s Documental Series. The film is partly responsible for adding “momrock” to the Urban Dictionary. Praised by Gloria Steinem, it is receiving a Go-Go ReBoot for digital distribution.
Kate is a Los Angeles Emmy award winning documentarian as Cinematographer on Community of Caring, produced by the DGA Women’s Steering Committee and Santa MonicaTV for local and national non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
Kate was an NEA recipient for an early digital public TV show called All About Madonna. She has given DIY workshops at Art Center, Pasadena and the LA Women’s Music Festival.
Billboard Magazine wrote about “community activist,” Kate Perotti when she produced a benefit music compilation, Schooloaf: Everything but the Crust Vol. 1, with original tracks by Flea, Ann Magnuson and eighteen local bands for Hilltop Nursery School in Silver Lake. It was voted one of the top ten albums of the year by Yeah Yeah magazine. As Executive Producer of track “Something to Brag About,” by Exene Cervenka and Stone Fox, it won Best Video at SXSW. The song was also second in Billboard’s New Song list, the video debuted and was featured on MTV News.
Kate’s slate of films for the 2015 Cannes Film Market include an untitled George Clinton project and another by longtime Indie darling Tom DICillo as well as Heatstroke and Minotaur where Kate is honored to be working with critically acclaimed filmmakers Nina Menkes, Mike S. Ryan and Gus Van Sant.
Susie Wilson - Producer at Dwarf Labs
Susie Wilson is Producer at Dwarf Labs animation and vfx studio. This involves a full gamut of activities, from script analysis and project development for TV series and features, to finding international co-production properties and partners.
Prior to Dwarf, she worked at animation studios Axis Animation and Pictures on the Wall on a wide range of Emmy and BAFTA award-winning projects for clients such as Radiohead, Sony, BBC and Channel 4.
Susie also ran the Projector Animation Festival in Scotland; curated film programmes and served as jury member for BAFTA, the Annecy Animation Festival, the British Council in Kazakhstan, the Roshd Festival in Iran, and ReAnimania in Armenia.
She has guest-lectured at Harvard University and the School of Visual Arts, as well as the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and has curated for non-cinema environments such as The National Museum of Scotland and Camden Arts Centre.
In her spare time, she refines her questing techniques - travelling with old maps, cooking without recipes and regularly jumping around in search of fitness.