Founded in 2016 by the “black sheep” among us, Nebula Creatives L3C is a grassroots hybrid film incubator social enterprise. We are committed to producing commercial-quality, resource-efficient feature films and series aiming specifically for distribution. Creativity keeps our human experience unique and entertaining so why not sharing more of that. Anyone – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability – who is passionate about telling any original story, deserves the same opportunity as everyone else to be creative and access the support they need to bring their ideas to life.

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Our Goals:

  • To help marginalized, local filmmakers produce and monetize their creative work 
  • To create a sustainable, resourced ecosystem within Chicago’s independent film community built upon viable career opportunities for local talent
  • To bridge and connect the Chicago independent film community to external communities and markets through unique and diverse partnerships and collaboration 
  • To support the state’s and city’s initiatives in boosting the economy and promoting Chicago as the destination for independent film productions

The Brag: 

Unlike most production companies, Nebula Creatives has the brand of an L3C mission-driven venture with a goal to further support the independent film community, locally and globally, by not only producing content for non-profits, independent artists, and small businesses but also investing its own resources to create platforms for independent filmmakers to showcase their work such as Shortcut 100 Independent Film Festival (shortcut100.org), which has been running since 2012, and Chicago Film News (chicagofilmnews.com), a YouTube channel launched in fall 2017, currently with 6,000+ followers on Twitter and Facebook combined.

The Team:

Rujanee Mahakanjana | Director, Producer, and Founder

Having been labeled as an outcast all her life, Rujanee left Bangkok, traveled to the United States and began to write her own life story by exploring the world on her own terms since she was a teenager. Curiosity for the true meaning of life took her onto a path full of mistakes – none she regrets. That’s when her relationship with art got strengthened as she spent more time drawing, painting, playing music, and writing. Film became her passion when she came to realization that she must make peace with her past, jump off that cliff and learn how to fly without falling into the ocean or crashing into the mountains, figuratively speaking. It’s been more than a decade since she took that jump, and she is now an award-winning director who has directed 2 feature films and a dozen of short films which have screened at film festivals including the American Documentary Film Competition and the Festival de Cannes. She has been dedicating the past 10 years developing a groundbreaking sci-fi feature film, “Lab 99,” which is inspired by a true story. Its prequel is currently being produced as a comic book series with its first issue published in October 2016. Rujanee is a Northern Illinois University alumni, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Fine Art emphasis on Interior Architecture, Sculpture, Installation, and Performance Art. She is also the founder of Shortcut 100 International Film Festival , the creator of Chicago Film News , as well as a licensed real estate broker and a fan of meditation, David Lynch, Carl Sagan, Doraemon, and space whales. (IMDb) (LinkedIn)

Jenaeth Markaj | Executive Producer, Partnership Director

Having served as an artist advocate, raising capital for the creative community for the past fourteen years, Jenaeth has achieved a vital role in the non-profit space as a fundraising strategist who utilizes artistic projects to advance a range of social causes in Chicago. Jenaeth holds bachelors’ degrees in English literature and French from Lake Forest College and a master’s degree in American Studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam. In addition to her current role as Manager of Individual Giving at One Hope United, a national non-profit organization founded in 1895, she manages internationally-renowned photographer, Satoki Nagata. In this capacity, Jenaeth secured the donation of Pioneer Court Plaza on Michigan Avenue to produce a public art campaign featuring Nagata’s work in support of One Hope United as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in 2015. Also in 2015, Jenaeth connected author Peyton Rose with a national media company to facilitate the publication of his novel, “The Long Way Home,” currently being adapted as a screenplay to be produced as a feature film. In 2019, Jenaeth organized a private screening of award-winning feature film, “Foster Boy” produced by Shaquille O’Neal and starring Louis Gossett Jr. and Matthew Modine at the Pritzker Military Museum to raise funds and garner support for One Hope United.

The Advisory Board

The Honorable Contributors