Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding
Director, Producer, Actor
Karl Jacob is an actor and filmmaker from northern Minnesota who currently splits his time between Minnesota and NYC. His co-directorial debut, Pollywogs, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2013. As an actor, he has worked with Julianne Moore and Michael Shannon in the Peter Sollett film Freeheld; Ben Kingsley and Sasha Baron Cohen on The Dictator; Joe Swanberg in three seasons of the IFC series Young American Bodies, and on Law and Order: SVU. His films have played at festivals throughout the world, including SXSW, LAFF, TCFF, Maryland FF, Tribeca, and Cucalorus. Onur Tukel’s Applesauce, which Karl produced and acted in, premiered at Tribeca in 2015. Cold November, which received the Emerging Artist grant from the Jerome Foundation and is a 2016 IFP Narrative Lab film, is his debut feature as a solo writer-director.
Jessica Bergren is a producer from Northern Minnesota who made her production debut as an associate producer on Pollywogs in 2013. She has since worked on several other Minnesota-made feature films in various production capacities. Bergren produced the eco-thriller feature “Strange Nature,” directed by Jim Ojala, scouted and managed locations for the films “I Am Not A Serial Killer” (SXSW 2016), directed by Billy O’Brien, and “Wilson,” directed by Craig Johnson. She currently works as a post producer for "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern."
Spirit Award nominated Benjamin Kasulke has had a prolific career, having shot many attention-getting indie films of the last 10 years including Humpday, Nights and Weekends, The Off Hours, Safety Not Guaranteed, Your Sister’s Sister, The Catechism Cataclysm, and Guy Madden's Brand Upon the Brain. His work has been screened at multiple film festivals including Toronto, Tribeca, Berlin, Sundance, LAFF and Cannes Film Festival Director's Fortnight. His feature film work has been released by IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures, and The Criterion Collection.
Pete Ohs is a swiss-army-knife of filmmaking: he writes, directs, shoots, and edits. His experimental documentary, I Send You This Place, premiered in 2012 at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. In 2013, he was named to Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” His narrative directorial debut, Everything Beautiful Is Far Away, premiered at the 2017 LA Film Festival and received the U.S. Fiction Cinematography Award.
Kubilay Uner makes adventurous, eclectic, colorful music for media ranging from film/TV to concerts and records. He blends acoustic, synthetic and found sounds, builds his own instruments, bends tempos, layers noise, mixes metaphors, and is generally convinced that good music only happens when you shake things up. Credits include collaborations with filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish, record productions for soul legend Bobby Womack, and music for video art installations at LACMA and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. He currently lives and works in Chicago, where he also serves as the director of the Music Composition for the Screen MFA program at Columbia College.