The Chicagoland Shorts Team
Vol. 3 CURATORS
Beckie Stocchetti works to support all independent and local film initiatives at the Chicago Film Office. Prior to joining the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), she was the Director of Engagement and Programs at Chicago's Kartemquin Films, where she managed the organization's professional development programs and provided producers with critical feedback and support throughout their production processes. She has over ten years experience supporting filmmakers and programming independent film.
Raul Benitez has been involved with the Chicago film community for the past 10 years. Raul was named by Newcity as a Chicago Screen Gem of 2015 and his outdoor film series for Comfort Station was named by the Chicago Reader (2013) and Newcity (2015) as the best outdoor film series in the city. He currently does film programming for Comfort Film at Comfort Station Logan Square, Nightingale Cinema, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, and The Twisted Oyster Film Festival.
Jim is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened internationally, and whose unconventional style has garnered critical notice. In 2010, he wrote and directed the short Drift, which won two audience awards, while generating bicoastal producer interest in its development as a feature. His psychological horror short, Violets, received the 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival's 2015 Audience Award. The Independent Critic called the film, “difficult to describe...but impossible to forget."