TOM DESCH: PRODUCER/director/writer

Tom Desch grew in a small Midwest town where the adjacent parcel of land was a cornfield.  Spending his youth on the line between development and open space had an impact on Desch, and much of his work relates to people and their relationship to their environment in some way.  In 2016, he helped produce, edit, and write Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability.  The film explores the collision of industrial development and environmental activism on Lake Michigan’s South Shore.  In 2013, he was part of the production team of Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh, a PBS documentary about the draining of one of the largest freshwater marshes in North America.  Both films have aired on PBS stations across the country and were nominated for Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards. Desch is currently producing two documentaries; THE FIELD and An American Home, a documentary about the birth of Prairie Style Architecture;   When not producing documentaries, he works as a video editor for hire, and he has edited programs for PBS, A&E, and Discovery networks.   




Brian Kallies is an Emmy award winning independent documentary filmmaker. Beginning at WTTW-Chicago, Brian produced and edited nationally distributed documentaries and the critically acclaimed Chicago Stories doc-series.  He co-produced, shot and edited the Showtime documentary, Phunny Business: A Black Comedy, which was praised by Roger Ebert, The NY Times, Hollywood Reporter, The Onion, and The Guardian. Brian directed the environmental documentary Everglades of the North, which inspired a National Wildlife Refuge and water trail. His 2013 adventure documentary The 25,000 Mile Love Story narrated by Oscar winner John Ridley, about a couple that literally ran around the world; won over a dozen international film festivals. Brian produced and edited the 2016 American Public Television documentary Heroes On Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan, which The New York Times called, "catnip for aviation nerds". In addition to THE FIELD, he is currently producing and editing an upcoming World War II home front series called A City Goes to War.