The Filmmakers

Steve James
Director and Producer
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Steve James is the award-winning director, producer, and co-editor of Hoop Dreams, which won every major critics award as well as a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1995. The film earned James the Directors Guild of America Award and the MTV Movie Award’s “Best New Filmmaker.” Recently, Hoop Dreams was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, signifying the film’s enduring importance to American film history, and hailed by critic Roger Ebert as “the great American documentary.”

James’ next documentary, Stevie, won major festival awards at Sundance, Amsterdam, Yamagata and Philadelphia, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The acclaimed feature landed on a dozen "Top Ten Films of the Year" lists for 2003. James was also an executive producer, story director, and co-editor of the PBS series, The New Americans, which won two Chicago International Television Festival Golden Hugos, and the prestigious 2004 International Documentary Association Award for Best Limited Series for Television. In 2005, James completed the documentary Reel Paradise, his fourth film to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. James served as producer and editor of The War Tapes, a documentary comprised of video footage shot by American soldiers in Iraq. The film won the top prize at both the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and the inaugural 2006 BritDoc Film Festival.

In 2008, he co-produced and co-directed with Peter Gilbert the acclaimed At the Death House Door, which won the top prize at the Atlanta Film Festival, the Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and aired on IFC-TV. At the Death House Door is James’ fourth film to be officially short-listed for the Academy Award. 

James’ 2010 documentary No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and aired as part of ESPN Films’ 2010 International Documentary Association award-winning series 30 for 30. The film was selected for the IDOCS International Documentary Forum in Beijing, and also played at the Cleveland, Full Frame, Dallas, Nashville and Atlanta film festivals, among others, as well as earning James the Best Director award at the Midwest Film Awards. In 2011, No Crossover was selected by the U.S. Department of State for the American Documentary Showcase.

In 2011 James released his sixth film, The Interrupters. Marking a return to some of the same Chicago neighborhoods featured in Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters investigates the stubborn persistence of violence in American cities. James co-produced the film with acclaimed writer Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here). The film is his fifth feature to be selected for the Sundance Film Festival.

James’ dramatic films include the theatrical feature Prefontaine (1997), which premiered at Sundance, and cable movies Passing Glory (1999) and Joe and Max (2002), which was nominated for an ESPN Espy Award.

Bruce Sheridan
Producer
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Bruce Sheridan has been Chair of the Film & Video Department at Columbia College Chicago since 2001 and is a leader in the move to redesign film and media education for the 21st century. He has 30 years experience directing, producing, and writing drama and documentary for the screen and teaches all of those disciplines.

He won the 1999 New Zealand Best Drama Award for the tele-feature Lawless. In 2006, a short film he produced with Tim Evans and Steppenwolf Films called Kubuku Rides (This Is It) was recognized as Best Narrative Short at Memphis IndieFest.

Sheridan is currently developing a feature film set in New Zealand and Peru called Hunting Daniel and writing a book (working title "Dust") about the death of his father in the Australian Outback. He is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Auckland, researching imagination and creativity as they relate to artistic development and expression. 

Hank Neuberger
Music Supervisor
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Hank Neuberger is a Grammy-winning producer and, since 1987, a Supervisor of Broadcast Audio for the annual Grammy Awards telecast, which was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing for its inaugural 5.1 Surround broadcast. Chairman of the Board of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammys), 1994-1996. Chairman of the Board of the MusiCares Foundation, the Grammy-affiliated philanthropy, 2002-2005.

Neuberger has been the Recording Engineer and/or Producer for sessions or mixes for dozens of artists including Cheap Trick, Ohio Players, Pete Townsend, Sting, Feist, Jay-Z, Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Ethridge, Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Gomez, Ramsey Lewis, Crowded House, Survivor, Mannheim Steamroller, John Prine, Jerry Butler, John Mayer, Flaming Lips, Guster, Michael McDonald, Brian Wilson and more.

Neuberger has mastered over 200 hours of live video/audio Webcasting from the Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and the Austin City Limits Music Festivals, for the AT&T Blue Room web site.

President of Springboard Productions, Inc., specialists in digital media production for broadband, broadcast, mobile, IPTV and Blu-Ray DVD, Jan. 2007 to present. Executive Vice President of recording studio complexes Glenwood Place Studios, in Burbank CA, and Chicago Recording Company, 1990 to present.

Billy Corgan
Music Composer
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Billy Corgan is an American musician, producer, and occasional poet best known as the frontman and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins. Formed by Corgan and guitarist James Iha in Chicago, Illinois, in 1987, the band quickly gained steam with the addition of bassist D'arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The band's direction has largely been driven by Corgan through his confessional lyrics, grandiose production values, and virtuosic musical interplay, notably with Chamberlin. In three years, The Smashing Pumpkins had transformed themselves into a major label success. Strong album sales and large-scale tours propelled the band's increasing fame in the 1990s, while Chamberlin's drug problems escalated until he had to be fired. The Pumpkins continued as a three-piece until Chamberlin rejoined the band in 1999, then broke up in 2000. Corgan started a new band with Chamberlin right away, called Zwan, and after their demise, he released a solo album (The Future Embrace) and a collection of poetry (Blinking with Fists) before setting his sights on reforming the Smashing Pumpkins.

The new version of that band, consisting of Corgan, Chamberlin, and a revolving tour lineup, released an album in 2007 and followed it with extensive touring over the next year and a half. Chamberlin left the Smashing Pumpkins in March 2009, while Corgan has continued to record and tour with a new lineup.

Craig J Snider
Music Composer
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Craig J Snider is a Producer, Remixer, Composer, Songwriter, Label Owner& Multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for his success as a Producer, Arranger and Keyboardist on a string of Remixes & Album productions that have topped Billboard's dance chart (21 Number One Hits!), including Janet Jacksons' "Feedback", Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us," Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away," Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable," and The Pussy Cat Doll's "Don't Cha." In 2008 he re produced an EDM version of the Partridge Family's Greatest Hits and performed with David on Oprah. This past year Craig Produced The Fates Ep Drama Dropout, Remixed INXS Suicide with Rob Thomas, and Scored the short films Life Lessons & My Mothers Idea by acclaimed Peabody award winning filmmaker Maria Finitzo.

In 1998 Craig co-founded his critically acclaimed underground label, Uncommon Trax (uncommontrax.com). In addition to billboard success (Big Bang Theory "Do U Got Funk," D. Ramirez "Get Your Freaque On," Mantronik's "77 Strings") the label has successfully placed numerous songs from its catalog in commercials (Dell, Best Buy, Bank Of America, Michelob Ultra), Television shows (Entourage, Moonlight, The L Word, The Hills, Sex in the City) & Film (American Pie: Beta House, Save the Last Dance 2, Meet Bill).

Craig also has broad experience as a composer of original music for advertising and television. Craig has placed songs & or composed music for television shows: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Passions, Sex and the City, Joan of Arcadia and Dawson's Creek. In 2004 Craig co-founded Emoto Music a production company specializing in scores for spots. His commercial credits include music for Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler, Comcast, BK, and McDonald's. In 2012 Craig left the employ of Emoto to pursue freelance opportunities in scoring and production.

A Boston native (As a child having studied at New England Conservatory & Berklee), Craig received a degree in piano and composition from Northwestern University. He received instruction from renowned recording artists Chick Corea, Pat Matheny, Keith Jarrett, Michael Tilson Thomas and John Browning.

Executive Producers

  • Anthony Athanas
  • Casey Cowell
  • Jon Cronin
  • Steve Devick
  • Andrew E. Filipowski
  • Frank J., Jr. & Jacqueline C. Murnane
  • Hank Neuberger
  • Jim O'Donovan
  • Carol Quimby-Bonan