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Close Quarters
Joe Rosengarten

Joe Rosengarten (Executive Producer/Co-Producer) is president of Nefarious Productions, LLC; a film production company dedicated to the promotion of the Chicago indie film movement. Last year, Rosengarten served as executive producer on Typing, a comic short directed by Jack C. Newell and written by Ron Falzone.

He likes to recycle aluminum.

Jack C. Newell

Jack C. Newell (Director/Co-Producer) is the director/writer/producer of Typing as well as several other award winning short films that have screened across the United States and abroad, including the 2007 and 2010 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, Chicago International Film Festival, Friars Club Comedy Film Festival, LA Shorts Festival, Chicago Outdoor Film Festival, and the Indianapolis International Film Festival. He sits on the Education Committee board for Cinema/Chicago and currently teaches film directing and production at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago Filmmakers, and The iO Theater.

Close Quarters is his first feature film.

Ron Falzone

Ron Falzone (Screenwriter/Co-Producer) is an award-winning screenwriter and associate professor in the Film & Video Department of Columbia College Chicago. Ron is an eleven-time Artist in Residence at The Ragdale Foundation and a recipient of a 2000 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Screenwriting as well as IAC Finalist Awards for his screenplays Hope’s Dash and Unity in Love. His short screenplay, Typing, was made into a film by Jack C. Newell that has received screenings at various festivals including Chicago International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, and Friars Club Comedy Film Festival.

Close Quarters is his first produced feature script.

Jill DiBiase

Jill DiBiase (Editor) has worked on numerous short films, but Close Quarters is her first feature-length project. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago’s Film and Video program in 2008, DiBiase began her career with Optimus, one of Chicago’s most highly regarded post houses, where she continues to work as Senior Assistant Editor. Most recently, DiBiase’s work has screened at Cannes Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, and LA Shorts Fest, among others. In the future, DiBiase hopes to work again with the crew of Close Quarters, and eventually have the opportunity to create work that is widely viewed, even beyond the world of film festivals.

Mary Margaret Bartley

Mary Margaret Bartley (Production Designer) is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning scenic designer whose work has been seen in venues as diverse as Radio City Music Hall, the Disney/MGM Studios and the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Among her designs are the sets for Siskel/Ebert, WMAQ Studio 5, CLTV News, Soundstage, the short film Typing as well as numerous theatrical productions including “Jesse and the Bandit Queen,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Clue: The Musical,” and “Amadeus.”

She is a partner with Mickey Loewenstein in the scenic design firm, M & M Designs.

Stephanie Dufford

Stephanie Dufford (Director of Photography) graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in cinematography. She has shot countless short films and is gearing up to shoot her fifth feature film. Over the past two years, she has continued her learning by mentoring with cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, BSC, ASC and she recently worked alongside him as the Digital Utility on Marvel’s The Avengers. Her undergraduate thesis project, The Fantastic Magnifico earned her an Honorable Mention for the 2007 ASC Laszlo Kovacs Heritage Award for Outstanding Cinematography. For the same film, she was a 2010 recipient of the ICG Emerging Cinematographers Award.

Marina Bacci

Marina Bacci (Sound Designer, Mixer) is a graduate of DePaul University’s Sound Recording Technology department. She has mixed records with several up and coming bands, and has been an assistant engineer at Optimus for the past two years. She has worked on a number of short films that have screened at the Chicago International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, and the LA Shorts Fest among others.

John Michaels

John Michaels (Motion Graphics) is the founder of Protokulture, a motion graphics and titling firm in Chicago where he is both Chief Creative Director and Lead Animator. Last year, he created the inspired title sequence for Jack C. Newell’s Typing.