Jonathan Moeller

Jonathan Moeller received his MFA in Writing/Directing from Columbia College Chicago in 2015.  He has been making short films and videos for over a decade, creating content and running productions for various brands ranging from professional sports teams to non-profit organizations.  He is a freelance filmmaker here in Chicago and teaches on the south side, as well as with Chicago Filmmakers. Jonathan has worked with students of all ages, from elementary school filmmakers up to adults and is very excited to bring his course offerings to the north side. Professionally, Jonathan has screened his work in New York, Atlanta, Louisiana, Los Angeles, and of course, here at home. Along with directing, Jonathan is also a working First Assistant Director in Chicago, collaborating with local filmmakers on feature and commercial projects. Most recently he has been working with Onion Labs. He was an Albert P. Weisman recipient in 2014, and is currently fine tuning a feature script that he hopes to get off the ground in the near future. Mostly a comedic content creator himself, Jonathan is excited to work with you on the story that you hope to bring to the digital screen! To learn more about Jonathan, his work, and some of his students' work, please visit 

Joseph R. Lewis

Joseph R. Lewis is an award winning moviemaker, an Emmy nominated TV producer, and a pioneering media educator.  He has toured the country with his education programs and worked in classrooms and assemblies with over 200,000 kids. As Captain Famous (his superhero alter ego) he produces “Lights! Camera! Awesome!” - the only TV show in the universe made entirely by youth.  He is also a PBS sponsored LearningMedia Digital Innovator.

Samantha Lee Spencer

Samantha Lee Spencer is a teacher, musician, writer, and filmmaker. She co-produced the Tribeca Film Festival Recognized and Gotham Award Nominated web series You’re So Talented, as well as composed music for the series with her group Whatever Spectrum. She has taught media, art and media studies in grammar and high schools around Chicago, including at Street Level Youth Media, Free Spirit Media, and ChiARTS High School. She performs here solo music throughout Chicago and is working on her debut album. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute and has her graduate degree in Art Education from Columbia College Chicago.