• Jerri Zbiral
  • Sharon Karp
  • Silvia Malagrino
    Artistic Consultant
  • Mark Rogovin
    Executive Producer

Jerri Zbiral

Jerri Zbiral operates The Collected Image, a firm she co-founded with Alan Teller in the 1980s. As a private art dealer, she provides vintage and contemporary photography to museums and collectors.

A Master of Fine Arts graduate of the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester NY, Zbiral has received numerous grants for documentary photography projects on Native Americans in James Bay, Canada, and on the Laotian Hmong living in Uptown in Chicago. She has had numerous exhibitions of this work, and has been widely published.

She ran the photography program at the Inner-City Photo workshop in the mid-1970s, founded a photography program at the Howland Elementary School, and co-founded the Public Art Workshop Photography Center, all on Chicago’s west side. She also began the photography program at the Uptown Center Hull House. There, she pioneered the use of photography with deaf children in a special program with students from the Bell Elementary School.

She and Teller have received numerous grants for exhibit and program support, and for arts and social issues projects. Their first film, In the Shadow of Memory, co-produced with Comforty Media Concepts, has received numerous awards including, the Ciné Golden Eagle; Bronze Award, Worldfest Flagstaff International Film Festival; Official Selection, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic; Award of Excellence, Documentary Division, The Communicator Awards. Teller was an integral part in the production of this film.

Sharon Karp

Sharon Karp has been editing and producing documentaries for over thirty years. She was a founding member of Kartemquin Films, producer of the Oscar and Emmy nominated Hoop Dreams, among many others. These include the Emmy-nominated Silent Pioneers, and the Chicago Film Festival/ Silver Hugo award winner The Chicago Maternity Center Story. She was an editor on NBC's Vietnam: Long Time Coming, which covers the stories of American and Vietnamese veterans on a historic 1,200 mile bicycle ride from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. It was chosen as the best documentary of 1998 by the Directors Guild of America, and won an Emmy that same year.

She founded her own company, Media Monster, a full-service audio/visual communications company specializing in state-of-the-art video productions and web content. Established in 1993, Media Monster works with a wide range of companies, from not-for-profit organizations, to museums, hospitals, corporations and independent producers.

A few of her editing credits include: Saving The Sphinx for TLC, Lost Cities of the Rain Forest for A&E and The Return of Navajo Boy which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2000 and won the Best Documentary Award at Aboriginal Voices Film Festival, Toronto, Canada. Produced for the Spertus Museum of Judaic Studies, Voices of the Geniza, depicts the life in Cairo between 1000 and 1300 AD. The  American Association of Museums awarded this film their prestigious MUSE Award for best video production. The 2005 award winning documentary, The Innocent, tells the dramatic story of people exonerated from death row in the United States, collectively, from their point of view.

Karp collaborated with Zbiral on In the Shadow of Memory, and with Malagrino on Burnt Oranges.

Silvia Malagrino
Artistic Consultant

Silvia Malagrino is a Chicago based artist, native of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She is an Associate Professor at The School of Art and Design of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her career as an award-winning artist, who has exhibited nationally and internationally, spans over 20 years. Her innovative interdisciplinary work in multiple media – including photography, installation, and digital video, merges critical thinking with poetry and metaphor with documentation.

Malagrino's work is included in the collections of the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; and the Fundaçao Athos Bulçao, Brasilia, Brazil, among others.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including The National Endowment for the Arts, seven Illinois Arts Council Artist's Fellowships, and The CINE Golden Eagle Award for her latest film: Burnt Oranges. The film also received the Best Feature Documentary Prize at the ReelHeArt International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada.

In 2005, her digital video animation The Stream of Life received the prestigious Lorenzo De Medici Golden Medal, First Prize Award in New Media at the 5th Edition of Biennale Internazionale dell' Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy.

Mark Rogovin
Executive Producer

Mark Rogovin received a BFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1968, and two years later, an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During that time he worked with Mexican muralist David Siqueiros on his last mural, The March of Humanity.

In 1972 he founded the Public Art Workshop, a community art and mural center. The Workshop held classes in art and photography for area youth and adults, as well as housing an extensive archive of mural and public art resources. Among other projects he co-authored Mural Manual, the only step-by-step guide to producing murals for classrooms and street corners. He was also instrumental in initiating and producing a 24 print portfolio: The World of Peggy Lipschutz.

In 1981 Rogovin co-founded the Peace Museum and was its director for the next four years. In 1997 he directed an organization to celebrate the centennial of the birth of actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson. From that work, a US postage stamp was issued in 2004.

He now heads The Rogovin Collection whose mission is to promote the educational use of the social documentary photography of his father, Milton Rogovin.