THE FILMMAKERS

 



John Davies
Executive Producer
​Writer/Director

John Davies is an Emmy® Award winning writer/producer/director who spent the first decade of his career on documentaries (TOP GUNS OF ’43, THE FIRST JETLINER) and National series (SNEAK PREVIEWS) at WTTW-Chicago. Moving to Los Angeles in the 90’s, John created series and specials for almost every network and cable outlet including NBC, ABC, FOX, AMC, TRU-TV, BRAVO and COMEDY CENTRAL. He’s also produced episodes of BIOGRAPHY for A&E, INTIMATE PORTRAIT for LIFETIME, and documentary specials for SHOWTIME, COURT TV and ESPN. His reality series RUN’S HOUSE was an MTV hit and his feature length documentary PHUNNY BUSINESS, about Chicago’s first black owned comedy club, was hailed as “one of the best documentaries of 2012” by film critic Roger Ebert. John’s most recent documentary, THE 25,000 MILE LOVE STORY, has won film festivals around the world and premiered on Public Television in 2015. He is currently developing CARSON THE MAGNIFICENT, an NBC mini-series about the life of Johnny Carson.

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Harvey Moshman
Executive Producer
​Director of Recovery Photography

Harvey Moshman is a multi-Emmy® Award winning producer and editor, having worked at Chicago Network affiliates for NBC, CBS and PBS, as well as WGN. During his tenure at WTTW/Chicago, Moshman produced documentaries on topics ranging from thrill killers LEOPOLD & LOEB to maritime tragedies. His film THE EASTLAND DISASTER was called “one of the best documentaries ever produced for local television” by the Chicago Sun-Times. His more recent documentary LOST & FOUND: THE LEGACY OF USS LAGARTO—the search for, and eventual discovery of, a missing American WWII submarine “overdue from patrol, presumed lost” – aired nationally on Public Television. Moshman is an accomplished diver and has worked on projects documenting the discovery of shipwrecks, aircraft, and even a WWI German submarine that rest on the bottom of Lake Michigan..

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Brian Kallies
Producer/Editor

Brian Kallies is an independent documentary producer and editor. He began his career at WTTW-Chicago, where he was associate producer for the Emmy© Award-Winning documentary series CHICAGO STORIES, and produced and edited THE SEVEN WONDERS OF CHICAGO and THE NEW RIVER TOUR. Brian directed the PBS documentary, EVERGLADES OF THE NORTH, the story of a lost ecosystem, which inspired a national wildlife preserve. Brian co-produced, shot and edited the SHOWTIME documentary, PHUNNY BUSINESS, which received critical acclaim from ROGER EBERT, RICHARD ROEPER, NY TIMES, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, and THE ONION. Brian’s most recent documentary, THE 25,000 MILE LOVE STORY, has won film festivals around the world and premiered on Public Television in 2015. He is currently editing and co-writing the environmental documentary, SHIFTING SANDS, which will premiere on Public Television in 2016..

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Bill Kurtis
Narrator

BILL KURTIS (Narrator)  is an American television journalist, producer, narrator, and news anchor. He was also the host of a number of A&E crime and news documentary shows, including Investigative Reports, American Justice, and Cold Case Files.  Previously, he anchored CBS Morning News, and was the longtime anchor at WBBM-TV, the CBS-owned and -operated TV station in Chicago. Kurtis is currently the scorekeeper/announcer for NPR's news quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!