This film is the product of a mentor / mentee relationship forged over 5 years ago through the Digital Youth Network. Back then, the film's writer and director, Terrence Thompson, was a high school student with strong interests in Filmmaking, and the film's producer, Raphael Nash, worked as his teacher and mentor. Before leaving to attend the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana to pursue a degree in Media & Cinema, Terrence wrote a script based on some of his own experiences as a teen in Chicago. With Raphael's help, the script became "Laces". With Terrence now being a senior at the University of Illinois, and Raphael a professor at DePaul University, they are again working to finish what was started some years back.
Raphael Nash (Executive Producer) - Raphael has an MFA in Film from Temple University, and BFA in Photo from University of Illinois . He is a Chicago-based filmmaker and film educator. His production company, Endangered Peace, Inc., works with organizations, brands, and agencies to produce video content, while also creating independent short films.
Terrence Thompson (Writer/Director) - Terrence majored in Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois before coming back to Chicago to actively pursue a career in film. He is interested in telling stories about the city of Chicago, through perspectives that are often ignored.
Darrell Judon (Associate Producer) - Darrell Judon is currently pursing a degree at Columbia College Chicago in Television, with a concentration in Producing/Directing. Although most of his experience stems from working on live sports broadcasts, he hopes to finish writing and directing his very own project in the near future.
Mara Collins (Associate Producer) - Mara Collins was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign where she majored in Media and Cinema Studies. She hopes to complete and begin producing her first feature film script in the near future.