BSP Films

Broad Shoulders Productions focuses on top quality independent film production. We are filmmakers, storytellers, actors, writers, gaffers, musicians, cinematographers, directors, and producers, all striving and learning to become the best storytellers and creators possible. We are based out of Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois, we have company members who are establishing their own divisions of BSP in Louisville, Kentucky and Los Angeles, California.


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Jesse Folks

Digital ​Technical Director / Still Photographer Broad Shoulders Productions  Chicago, IL

Jesse has an extensive theatre and photography background. He has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Millikin University in Theatre with a Design/Technical emphasis. His theatre focus is lighting, designing over 100 shows at the Station Theatre in Urbana, Il and Heartland Theatre Company in Bloomington, Il. As a photographer, he specializes in performance photography, landscapes, cityscapes, and commercial photography. His photo of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and the surrounding Chicago skyline was recently selected for display at the Sofitel Water Tower Hotel as part of an architectural photo exhibition. Jesse’s lighting design background aids his photography by utilizing light to capture moments that are bright, clear, and engaging to the viewer. He currently lives in Champaign, Il. You can view his work at www.jessefphoto.com.

Luis Cardenas

Luis Cardenas (Director of Photography) Broad Shoulders Productions  Chicago, IL

Luis is a Chicago based documentary filmmaker and photographer. He has a strong background in both graphic design and illustration, which he developed during his time at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and Columbia College Chicago. It was at these institutions that he was exposed to film and photography, igniting his newfound passion for cinema. He has since worked on numerous live comedy shows as cinematographer and editor, mainly with Chicago Underground Comedy. Luis also photographs live shows and events, such as The Comedy Exposition in 2015 and 2016, and Hasan Minhaj’s (from The Daily Show) Homecoming Tour at Thalia Hall. Most recently he was the primary shooter and editor for the first annual Moment Circus festival. It was a week long event that brought together performers from all over the world to train and teach at the Aloft circus space and put on nightly shows at various venues in the city. "Graham Cracker" will be Luis Cardenas's first foray into narrative filmmaking and scripted live performance.

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Ed Mendoza

Front-End Engineer Broad Shoulders Productions  Charlotte, NC

Ed Mendoza is a Designer, Front-End Developer, and self-proclaimed Lego Engineer. He has been working in the field since 2008 and earned his degree in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2014. He utilizes experience in paper craft, animation, and interactive art to better inform the experience of design in the digital and printed spaces. He currently works at Red Ventures doing Front-End Development.

Ian Issitt

Broad Shoulders Productions  Los Angeles, CA

Ian Issitt has lived in Chicago for the past 9 years and has come to call it home. But the urge to travel, see new places, and meet new cultures has been rising to the surface more and more. Whether it is traveling the US in a wildly painted bus headed west on I40 picking people up along the way, sleeping outside with more stars than I have ever seen in a remote town in Southern Sudan, or driving his motorcycle through three states in one day, travel and adventure have come to the forefront of his endeavors. Originally from Tennessee, Ian moved to Chicago to attend college where he graduated with a BA in Film and Video with a concentration in Cinematography from Columbia College Chicago. Two years ago Ian started his own production company, New Bound Media, LLC, and have continued working as a cinematographer and creative director on many projects throughout the Midwest. Ian have made a very strong client base, and hope to continue meeting new people, traveling to new locations, and documenting it all along the way.
Los Angeles, CA

Aaron Covich

Broad Shoulders Productions  Los Angeles, CA

Covich attended Millikin University where he pursued majors in Music Business and Commercial Music. While at Millikin Aaron began working in theater which eventually grew into film production and by age 21 had already been a part of and shot two feature films, two short films and a handful of music videos while also stage managing seven theatrical ventures. His second feature film, Envying Alice, went on to win Best Feature Length Drama from the International Digital Video Awards in 2004. Aaron has since worked with a variety of award winning production companies in Chicago and has continued working in theater, being involved in over 16 stage productions. Aaron was an associate producer for the Emmy winning Check, Please! on WTTW, assistant director for AeroGrow International infomercial (Best Infomercial Winner 2007) and has worked on a number of live concert productions, commercials, and medical education videos. Covich was the assistant director and lead editor for the award winning children’s program, Green Screen Adventures, which airs nationally on THIStv and MEtv.