Phil Ranstrom's Experience:
President/Writer/Producer/Director at Maxwell Street Documentary, LLC2006 - Present
Created the Emmy Award-winning, "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street", a feature length, independent, historical documentary about the rise & fall of Chicago's beloved Maxwell Street market, home of the modern blues, narrated by Joe Mantegna; recruited Fender Musical Instruments USA and Columbia College Chicago as sponsors; screened film in various film festivals throughout the U.S., including the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; film screening tour in Poland, Belgium & Amsterdam for international screening; currently market DVD in on-line and U.S. retail outlets including 28 Best Buy stores throughout the Chicago area; market DVD in various Japanese retail outlets; procured broadcast premiere of documentary on WTTW/PBS Oct. 27, 2011; developed in-store promotional events at Best Buy with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, including screenings, musical performances, guitar-giveaways, Q&A's and DVD signings.
Writer, producer, director at Documentary Film Maker1982 - 2013
Manage company, promotions, productions, distribution, create partnerships, fundraising, etc.
President/Writer/Producer/Director at Affiliated News Network, Inc.1992 - 1994
Developed business plan to market video/film production & distribution services to both public relations agencies and companies; created VNRs, PSAs and other video/film programs for broadcast and corporate use; worked with business partner to monitor broadcast results of VNRs & PSAs and deliver detailed follow-up reporting to clients.
Writer/Producer at KEF Media Associates1990 - 1992
Wrote produced & directed video news releases (VNRs) and public services announcements (PSAs) and corporate videos; developed client proposals, treatments, campaigns, pitches; traveled throughout U.S., Mexico & the Caribbean; recruited local production services, as needed.
Writer/Producer at Burson Marsteller Public Relations1988 - 1989 | Chicago
Worked with team to create comprehensive public relations campaigns for clients. • Wrote press releases, scripts, brochures, proposals and a variety of scripted presentations • Produced both radio and video programs
Producer at Telaction Corporation1987 - 1988 | Schaumburg, IL
A precursor to the internet, this was a start-up venture by J.C. Penny’s to create interactive home-shopping via a cable TV channel and a telephone keypad. Wrote and produced commercial presentations for products in the Tel Action (television) shopping mall.