SWAN Day 2016

Swan Day 2016 featured four amazingly talented filmmakers. With women breaking barriers for decades in the film industry, it was great to include women in film as one of the mediums to showcase.

2016 Photo Gallery Recap

2016 Live Stream (starts at 31:00)


Artist Bios

AshleybioAshley Battle 

Ashley is a visual artist and music producer who has worked in music and video production for over eight years. Receiving her degree in Audio Engineering & Production in 2011; she also attended Columbia College Chicago before venturing out to create multiple productions of her own.  For the last two years she has worked professionally in TV commercial production, working with some of the top production companies and directors to include Spike Lee as recent as December 2015. Ashley has generated a lane specific to her unique style and is constantly pushing the limits of creativity. She loves what she does, and is open to learning all there is to know about creating new perspectives of the world we see through both music production and video production.

JessicabioJessica Estelle Huggins

Jessica Estelle Huggins, a Boston Native has been a resident of the city of Chicago since 2008. Immersed in the Columbia College Chicago artistic culture, Huggins dove into film exploring her many talents in writing, directing, editing and casting. But her true passion is creative producing. She has worked on over a dozen short films, including one faculty film, two of Columbia’s Advanced Practicum Productions and a festival favorite short, Perfect Day with UIC’s famed theatre Professor, Derrick Sanders. The short was accepted into 20 film festivals and has won 4 awards. In the last year, Huggins has developed a series called Chi~Voices: A Poetic Film Series, where six Chicago poets creatively express their thoughts about youth violence in Chicagoland. Chi~Voices has currently been accepted into 4 international film festivals. Huggins hopes to continue creating beautifully inspiring narratives with lead actors and actresses that mirror the vast stories of the black community all over the world.

ChanbioChan C. Smith
Chan C. Smith is an independent filmmaker and visual media specialist from the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago. Chan is also the current Multimedia Producer for Johnson Publishing Company and provides content for a growing number of viewers on the EBONY and JET online platforms. She is a “Rebel” member of Array, an organization founded by director Ava DuVernay that helps to distribute films by people of color and women.
Chan is considered to be an intuitive visual storyteller, with a knack for capturing priceless moments behind the camera. She is known for working with entrepreneurs, artists, and businesses to help push their content or service to the forefront with her dynamic visuals. To connect with Chan, visit her website www.ChanCSmith.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @ChanCSmith_



Sanicole is an extraordinary writer/director from Chicago, IL. She graduated with her film/video degree from Columbia College Chicago and has exhibited numerous short films in film festivals around the country. She’s also invested video work in prominent nonprofit organizations in Chicago dedicated to progressive information in health care, educating youth, rehabilitation and violence prevention. Some of her current works include “A Journey To Peace,” a cutting edge documentary on Chicago inner city violence, a web series entitled “The City
Hates Us” and her new film “Side Effects”.