Deborah Libby, Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Raised in California’s central valley, an area rich in agriculture and the legendary “Bakersfield Sound,” Deborah made her way to the Midwest via Seattle, SE Alaska, and the Yukon Territory of Canada. The surrounding mountains, water, and lush forests of the Pacific Northwest influenced Deborah’s exploration of themes relating to man’s symbiotic relationship with the natural world.
Deborah’s 2014 film The Healing Song, a documentary about gong sound healing, has screened at festivals worldwide, including the Boise Film Festival and Clean Shorts Festival where it received a nomination for Best Short Documentary. She has assistant-edited the Emmy-nominated PBS series Notes From the Field and the upcoming feature length documentary Fansspeak: the Cubs Fans Film, and served as lead editor on episodes 1 and 2 of the web series America in Transition. Deborah served as assistant camera on the narrative feature film Rogers Park (2017), directed by Kyle Henry.
Deborah’s current work is centered around the revival and evolution of ancient healing practices as catalysts for consciousness expansion. At times raw and controversial, her films aspire to present an honest and compassionate view of the desire to improve one’s self.
Deborah received her MFA in Documentary Media from Northwestern University, where she directed Wise Medicine as her masters thesis project. She currently lives in Chicago.
Carlos Cova, Cinematography and Sound (Peru)
Carlos attended film school at Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela and received a MFA in Documentary Media from Northwestern University. His short films Bluff and 2 Minutos: Confesiones de un Egolatra have played Venezuela’s Manuel Trujillo Duran Short Film Festival and the Barquisimeto Short Film Festival. His latest documentary, Fragments, debuted at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival. Carlos is an editor with Kartemquin Films in Chicago.
Jesseca Simmons, Cinematography and Sound (Midwest)
Jesseca received her BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her MFA in Documentary Media from Northwestern University. In 2015, she was a Southern Exposure Film Fellow for the Southern Environmental Law Center in Alabama. Jesseca has recently completed the hybrid-documentary Emerald Ice, about the American poet Diane Wakoski. She is the Cinematography Specialist in Residence at Northwestern University for the 2016-17 school term.
Jeff Quay, Composer
Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, Jeff started drumming in rock bands when he was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin in the early 80’s. From there, his musical career has included stints with Expose, Julio Inglesias, and the Bee Gees. A member of the infamous Blue Man Group since 1995, Jeff currently serves as the Resident Music Director and Kit player for the Chicago Blue Man Group production.