ABOUT

We are a film and video production company that believes in creativity through collaboration and emphasizes on cultivating meaningful relationships with our clients and colleagues. Our primary mission is to further charitable and educational purposes by offering a full range of professional digital cinema production. Additionally, we also organize an annual film festival (Shortcut 100) dedicated to helping independent filmmakers around the world promote their visions and voices in the community.

 

THE TEAM

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Rujanee Mahakanjana | Director, Producer, Operating Partner

Rujanee is an artist and a filmmaker who was born to a Thai family in Bangkok but has been living and working in Chicago for over 20 years. She is a former board member of Asian Pop-Up Cinema and a member of IFP Chicago and Women In Film. After completing her M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University, she has worked on a wide range of projects, from short videos to long-form film productions. Her work contains thought-provoking existential statements, metaphors and symbolism, with a healthy amount of quirky humor. Her background in architecture has given her a firm foundation of an inside-out, physical and psychological meaning of “space” in her visual work. Her directorial debut started with “Man and His Erections” (2009, documentary feature, premiered at the Gene Siskel Film Center) and “Parallel Universe” (2010, fantasy narrative feature), a short existential film entitled “Out of Sight” (2015, premiered at 68th Festival De Cannes, Short Film Corner), “Light My Fire: The Burlesque Diaries” (in-development documentary feature, Semi-Finalist at American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund 2015), and This Too Shall Pass (2017) written by Jonathan Hughes. She has been dedicating the past 7 years developing a groundbreaking sci-fi feature film, “Lab 99.” Its prequel story is currently being produced as a comic book series with its first issue released in October 2016. (IMDb) (LinkedIn)

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Christian Stanfield | Producer, Senior Consulting Partner

As a kid from Wisconsin Christian grew up watching movies and endlessly discussing them with friends. For as long as he can remember he’s wanted to make films and he began his career after college working for the local PBS station in Milwaukee. There he produced a 5 episode children’s miniseries that earned him acclaim in two local newspapers. Wanting to get more involved in film production he packed up his belongings and moved to Chicago where he has worked ever since as an independent producer and director for the past 11 years. His body of work ranges from award-wining short films to music videos and documentaries. His work has been featured at the Cannes film festival, on television and in theaters in Chicago.

THE CONTRIBUTORS