WRITER/DIRECTOR - Sarah Conley is a MFA Cinema Directing candidate at Columbia College Chicago. She is drawn to stories that promote independent thinking and strip the audience of ideology, prejudice, and assumptions. She makes films about everyday people that struggle with everyday things such as economic insecurity and prejudice. She aims to represent the people that often get left off screen, live lives that are anything but glamorous, and get into situations that are relatable but rarely depicted. Often, the subjects of her films are drawn from personal experiences or the experiences of people that have come into her life at various points. Her films are a source of inspiration for the audience, and aim to move the audience to make a difference in their own lives, in other’s lives or their community. Her goal is for the audience to walk away from her films feeling hopeful and aware of the individual power they hold. If she succeeds in this, then she has done for others what has been so graciously done for her.
PRODUCER - Diego Sardi is a MFA in Creative Producing candidate at Columbia College Chicago. He was born and raised in rural Uruguay. While pursuing his Bachelors in Communications at the University of Montevideo, developing story ideas and having them come to life on film became his passion. Producing films became his calling. He graduated in 2012, with studies in film producing and organizational communication. After graduating he received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue his graduate studies on film producing at US. He has produced narrative fiction films and documentaries that received national and international awards. Some of his most recent works are a documentary co-produced with South Africa and micro documentaries for UNICEF and UN. As a filmmaker, he believes that the most impactful revolutions begin inside the individual. He is interested in telling stories that ignite the fire that exists inside everyone and inspire them to believe in themselves, in the people who surround them and in the transcendence of life.
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