About the Filmmaker

About the Filmmaker:

Shuli Eshel, Israeli born Chicago filmmaker, is an award winning producer-director of documentaries dealing with the arts, politics, social and historical matters. Among her documentaries are To be a Woman-Soldier, the role of women in the Israeli Army, Women’s Peace in the Middle East, Israeli and Palestinian women in the forefront of the Peace effort, Mudpeoples: A Portrait of Clay Artist Marva Jolly, that premiered at the Art Institute of Chicago & aired on WTTW and Illinois Women Artist: the New Millennium, that premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Ms. Eshel is former president of IFP/Midwest, the independent film organization. She is president of Cavalcade Communications Group in Chicago, a full-service video/film production company and operates Eshel Productions. She has been on the film and television faculties at Columbia College and Roosevelt University in Chicago, and the Tel-Aviv Museum and College of Design in Israel. Ms. Eshel holds a B.A. in English & American Literature and Linguistics from Tel-Aviv University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in film and television from Hornsey College of Art, London, England.

Her most recent and highly acclaimed documentaries are: Maxwell Street: A Living Memory, the Jewish Experience in Chicago that premiered to a record crowd of over 1,000 people at the Chicago Historical Society and aired on WTTW. And Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics that premiered at the Spertus Museum in Chicago.

Ms. Eshel has premiered her autobiographical documentary Passion for Dancing: The Story of Shulamith on May 19, 2013 at the Cervantes Institute in Chicago and is soon coming out with her NEW historical documentary: A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald (2014, 53:25 min).