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The Pursuit Podcast
55 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
The Creative Director’s Pursuit with Nic DeGrazia
A co-founder of Bitter Jester Studios, Nic DeGrazia is the creative director of the Emmy-winning studio. Producer Anthony Landahl talks with Nic about working on the company in his off-hours when it first started to now organizing the annual Bitter Jester Music Festival in Highland Park. The conversation touches on the impact of art, music and the concept of “just going for it.”
51 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
The Filmmaker’s Pursuit with Matt Lauterbach & Reveca Torres
Join documentary filmmaker Carmen Vincent as she interviews filmmakers Matt Lauterbach and Reveca Torres about their career journeys and disability advocacy efforts. Matt Lauterbach is the founder of All Senses Go, and he is also a filmmaker, educator, and co-director of ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago. Reveca Torres is the founder of BACKBONES, and she is also a filmmaker, artist, and co-director of ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago. Let's learn from their pursuits!
45 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
The Creative Services Manager's Pursuit with Pablo Alfaro
In this episode, Melyssa and Pablo Alfaro had the pleasure of discussing what it means to be a Latino/a in the media space, his journey as an immigrant, and how he got to be a Creative Services Manager for Telemundo. Pablo is an alum of Columbia College Chicago where he received his Bachelor's in TV Production and Music and later received his IMC Integrated Marketing Communications Degree Master’s degree from Roosevelt University.
48 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
The Sports Anchor's Pursuit with Mike Berman
A Chicagoland native and lifelong sports nut, Mike Berman has finally returned home to report on sports in his hometown. After covering sports in cities like Austin and Indianapolis, the generous and thoughtful Berman reports on all of Chicago’s major athletics happenings and has covered events like the Super Bowl and World Series. Berman chats with producer Sam Brief about his journey to his dream job and what lessons he’s gleaned along the road.
49 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
The Actress-Turned-Writer-Director’s Pursuit with Kelly O’Sullivan
Already an established actress in the Chicago film and theatre scene, Kelly O’Sullivan took the indie film world in 2019 by storm with the feature film Saint Frances, which she wrote and starred in. Join sound designer and fellow Northwestern University alum Nihar Gagneja as he asks Kelly about her transition from actress to writer-director.
73 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
The Sports/News MMJ Pursuit with Pablo Iglesias
Pablo Iglesias is a sports and news MMJ at WKOW in Madison, Wisconsin. A Bradley University graduate and Chicago native, Pablo worked for two years at WEEK in Peoria, Illinois before moving on to Madison. Sports Broadcaster Larry Larson chats with Pablo about the trials and tribulations of job searching, what makes a good story, networking, as well as the Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate movements.
58 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
The Reporter/Lawyer’s Pursuit with Joel Weisman
A Chicago media legend, Joel Weisman is the former Week in Review host who worked with WTTW for 40 years before retiring in 2018. He is continuing to work as a media agent in Chicago. Producer Anthony Landahl talks with Joel about his early years as a newspaper journalist in the 60s, what drives him to excel and what the keys are to a half-century career in journalism.
45 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
The On-Air Personality’s Pursuit with Melissa Forman
Tiyen Simmons, student producer/director, takes a deeper look into Chicago’s vast media industry with one of the city’s most notable on-air personalities, co-hosts, and NATAS board members, Melissa Forman. Let's take a walk through her pursuit!
42 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
The Producer’s Pursuit with Thea Flaum
Join documentary filmmaker Carmen Vincent as she asks Emmy award-winning producer Thea Flaum about her incredible career journey. Thea is one of the most accomplished producers in Chicago, and in the TV industry at large, not to mention a former NATAS board member, a Silver Circle Honoree, and the founder and president of Facing Disability. Let's learn from her pursuit!
2 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
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