Clare Austen-Smith – Director and Producer
Clare Austen-Smith is a Chicago-based comedian, artist, and filmmaker. She has worked previously for Organizing for America on the 2012 re-election campaign for President Barack Obama in Northwest Ohio. Post-election, she spent three years working for Peer Health Exchange in Chicago, a non-profit dedicated to comprehensive sexual and mental health education for 9th graders in CPS. Her passion outside of filmmaking is comedy, and she often unites her passions for social justice and comedy on stage through her material, tackling subjects like gender inequality, white privilege, and societal expectations for women. She is interested in expressing that the political is personal through her comedy work. She has worked with Anya Solotaire on the web series “Young Professional Women.” In addition to pursuing a path in comedy, she has written for Bustle, Thought Catalog, and Sweet Lemon Media. Currently, she works as a Digital Marketing and Social Media Specialist for UChicago Arts in Hyde Park. You can find her online at www.clareaustensmith.com.
Mimi Wilcox – Director of Photography & Editor
Mimi Wilcox is a Chicago-based filmmaker and editor. She was the assistant editor on a new documentary feature from the Sacramento-based Documentary Foundation, the production company behind the award-winning film Age of Champions. She has created commercial documentaries for Shure, Inc., and shot & edited pieces for non-profits such as the American Lung Association and Lilliput Children’s Services. Mimi has immersed herself in the Chicago documentary scene. She spent six months as an intern with Kartemquin Films, the organization that produced the acclaimed films Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali. She has also worked locally with Kindling Group, Beti Films, and Emmy Award-winner Terry Spencer Hesser. Mimi was born and raised in Northern California. Before becoming a full-time editor, she received a degree in Economics and Russian at the University of Chicago. She is conversational in Spanish and Russian. You can see more of her work at mimiwilcox.com.