|photography by Ross Bacon - art by Ian Mitchell Wallace (Black Cloud Art Gallery)|
Marcus Gilmer is the weekly host of the "Chicago, I love you..." panel discussion series. Gilmer is a writer and editor who writes the Punching Up the News blog for WBEZ. Previously, Marcus was an editor at The A.V. Club, the pop culture sister publication of The Onion, and editor-in-chief of popular city culture blog Chicagoist. Marcus originally hails from Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in English at Birmingham-Southern College and later spent several lost years in New Orleans, where he earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and Communications from the University of New Orleans. He relocated to Chicago following Hurricane Katrina and lives in Roscoe Village.
Isidro Hurtado is a marketing strategist as design-driven creative with proven success across an array of progressive consumer product and service categories. Hurtado was the head creative of The Farm music series and since then has gone on to lead marketing and graphic design campaigns for Kawasaki, Old Style, and many other recognizable brands. His belief in the idea that the correct balance of compelling color and words; Design will influence, inspire and engage consumers is what keeps him going. Currently Hurtado is one of the partners involved in Chicago, I love you... and somehow has been filming a documentary on HIS EGO for the last year.
Jenny Pfafflin is a Chicago based web specialist and publicist for Bloodshot Records and has started her own PR firm LittlePriest. In a music industry filled with folks taking advantage of artists, "JP" is one of the few who has only the right intentions for each of her artists. I've worked with her for years now and I'm honored to have her apart of this Panel series. Check out her lastest interview as a part of the Do312 Tastemaker series.
August Forte has worked as a freelance writer and editor and his writing has appeared in magazines, periodicals and Websites, including The Chicago Reader, New City, Pop Matters, Clutter, Lumpen, Select, Groupeez, Pistil and Relix. Forte is a publicist and marketing specialist based in Chicago. He represents emerging and established artists, and has promoted events at Chicago's top venues including Schuba's, The Empty Bottle, Lounge Ax and The Congress Theater. August attended Columbia College, where he studied film and video. He earned his BA in 1999.