The Work

The Work

9 Episodes

“The Work” is a Chicago-based, film-focused, interview series with the goal of stimulating substantive one-on-one conversations about Chicago film and the filmmaking process. Fellow Chicago filmmakers, and co-creators, Curtis Matzke and Bradley Powell will serve as host of the upcoming series of ten interviews that will comprise The Work’s inaugural season. The impetus for the interview series started during the COVID lockdown as an informal conversation between friends.

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The Work
  • Ideas

    Episode 1

    Episode 1 - Ideas with Curtis Matzke and Bradley Powell

    Curtis is an Emmy-nominated director and screenwriter as well as cinematographer and producer. As the founder of the media production company, Unfurnished Films, Curtis has contributed to numerous short films, documentaries, and micro-budge...

  • Producing

    Episode 2

    Episode 2
    Producing with Sam George

    Sam is an Emmy-winning, Chicago-based producer & production designer. Her production design & production company, LUNA MOJO, aims to explore the voices of the whimsical, offbeat, & underserved.

    “The Work” is a Chicago-based, film-focused, interview series w...

  • Confidence

    Episode 3

    Episode 3
    Confidence with Kevin Pickerman

    Kevin is an independent screenwriter and director with credits including DUBIOUS RUFFIANS (Best of Midwest Film Festival and HollyShorts Screening Series) and WE GREW UP HERE (Official Selection of KahBang Film Festival and Chicago International Movies &...

  • Success

    Episode 4

    Episode 4
    Success with LeLe Park

    LeLe writes features and television. Her original drama pilot "The Bliss Killer" has won/placed in several competitions including Screencraft, Final Draft, Scriptation Showcase, Script Summit, and Shore Scripts. Her short screenplay, "ACHE" has also won/placed in...

  • Strategy

    Episode 5

    Episode 5
    Strategy with Jim Vendiola

    m is a Filipino-American filmmaker whose work frequently explores heartache, longing, liminality, eros, and pathos. A three-time Newcity Film 50 honoree, his feature debut, HOMESICK, is currently in development with Chicago Film Project.

    “The Work” is a Chic...

  • Beliefs

    Episode 6

    Episode 6
    Strongly Held Beliefs with Michu Hilmy

    Mishu currently lives in Chicago where he writes, directs, and produces films of various lengths through his production company OHH MAYBE. Prior to filmmaking, he had spent the past decade desperately seeking validation in a profoundly unsuccessfu...

  • The Producer’s Philosophy

    Episode 7

    Episode 7
    The Producer’s Philosphy with Grace Hahn

    Grace is a Chicago-based producer whose first feature film, PRINCESS CYD [from writer/director Stephen Cone], is now available for streaming via Hulu, Amazon, and Criterion Channel. Her second feature ONCE UPON A RIVER [writer/director Haroula R...

  • Collaboration

    Episode 8

    Episode 9
    Collaboration with Emily Lape

    Emily has been involved in the film industry for over a decade. Primarily known for her acting roles, Mercy's Girl is Emily's first film as a filmmaker, director, and producer. In 2015, Emily started Three Stones Pictures under her production company Secon...

  • Challenges

    Episode 9

    Episode 8
    Challenges with Robert Bruce Carter

    Robert is a writer, director, and producer of independent, playful, and dark comedy films. After eight years of writing and performing comedy on stage, he transitioned to film in 2015. His short films have played many film festivals, including the Si...