Ronit Bezalel, Brenda Schumacher and Mark Pratt

<br><b>Ronit Bezalel</b><br>
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Ronit Bezalel has been creating social issue <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="0100000004593864" title="Documentary (genre)" href="/topic/arts-culture/genres/documentary-%28genre%29-0100000004593864.topic">documentary films</a> for over fifteen years. Bezalel began her career at the National Film Board of Canada, where she directed When Shirley Met Florence (1994). Upon moving to Chicago to attend <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="OREDU0000199" title="Columbia College Chicago" href="/topic/education/colleges-universities/columbia-college-chicago-OREDU0000199.topic">Columbia College</a>, she created her award-winning film, Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago's Public Housing (1999) as her Masters Thesis. Bezalel and Executive Producer Judy Hoffman then received a John D. and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEBSL000155" title="Catherine T. MacArthur" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/catherine-t.-macarthur-PEBSL000155.topic">Catherine T. MacArthur</a> Award to screen the film and catalyze dialogue about affordable housing issues in Chicago neighborhoods. Newsweek selected Bezalel as one of the "Top 10 Women of the 21st Century" (Jan 8, 2001) for this work. She was also selected as one the “100 Women Making a Difference” by Today's Chicago Woman. Bezalel holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA from McGill University in Montreal.<br>
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<b>Brenda Schumacher</b>
Brenda Schumacher is a filmmaker, community organizer and marketing communications professional. Schumacher directed and produced the Chicago Gay Games VII documentary featuring athletes and artists from seventy countries. As the Broadcast Communications Director for Chicago Games she produced nationally broadcast television commercials, promotional videos and a video tribute that was broadcast live on NBC5.com. Schumacher is also the consulting producer for Gay Games VIII Cologne, and has produced video shorts for Planet Out, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP000011576" title="MTV  (tv network)" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/television-industry/mtv--%28tv-network%29-ORCRP000011576.topic">MTV</a>, Logo, and Q <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP0000015200" title="Television Networks" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/television-industry/television-networks-ORCRP0000015200.topic">Television Network</a>. Schumacher brings years of experience as a social justice activist to the Cabrini Green: Mixing it Up, as well as helping to shape the film's public policy framework and leading the marketing campaign. Schumacher holds a BA from Northwestern University.<br>
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<b>Mark Pratt</b>
Mark Pratt, a former Cabrini-Green resident is both co-producing and featured in Cabrini Green: Mixing it Up. He was also featured in Voices of Cabrini and was an instrumental force in connecting Bezalel to the Cabrini community. In 1998, Pratt graduated with a BA in film from Columbia College Chicago and has since directed, filmed and edited dozens of independent narrative films and music videos. Pratt recently produced and edited the award-winning narrative film Hell Ain't Full (Dir: Russell Norman) which screened at the 2010 Black Harvest Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival. Pratt brings his invaluable knowledge of the Cabrini Green community to this project.
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Ronit Bezalel

Ronit Bezalel has been creating social issue documentary films for over fifteen years. Bezalel began her career at the National Film Board of Canada, where she directed When Shirley Met Florence (1994). Upon moving to Chicago to attend Columbia College, she created her award-winning film, Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago's Public Housing (1999) as her Masters Thesis. Bezalel and Executive Producer Judy Hoffman then received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Award to screen the film and catalyze dialogue about affordable housing issues in Chicago neighborhoods. Newsweek selected Bezalel as one of the "Top 10 Women of the 21st Century" (Jan 8, 2001) for this work. She was also selected as one the “100 Women Making a Difference” by Today's Chicago Woman. Bezalel holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA from McGill University in Montreal.

Brenda Schumacher Brenda Schumacher is a filmmaker, community organizer and marketing communications professional. Schumacher directed and produced the Chicago Gay Games VII documentary featuring athletes and artists from seventy countries. As the Broadcast Communications Director for Chicago Games she produced nationally broadcast television commercials, promotional videos and a video tribute that was broadcast live on NBC5.com. Schumacher is also the consulting producer for Gay Games VIII Cologne, and has produced video shorts for Planet Out, MTV, Logo, and Q Television Network. Schumacher brings years of experience as a social justice activist to the Cabrini Green: Mixing it Up, as well as helping to shape the film's public policy framework and leading the marketing campaign. Schumacher holds a BA from Northwestern University.

Mark Pratt Mark Pratt, a former Cabrini-Green resident is both co-producing and featured in Cabrini Green: Mixing it Up. He was also featured in Voices of Cabrini and was an instrumental force in connecting Bezalel to the Cabrini community. In 1998, Pratt graduated with a BA in film from Columbia College Chicago and has since directed, filmed and edited dozens of independent narrative films and music videos. Pratt recently produced and edited the award-winning narrative film Hell Ain't Full (Dir: Russell Norman) which screened at the 2010 Black Harvest Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival. Pratt brings his invaluable knowledge of the Cabrini Green community to this project.

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