George and Mary Jo. Photo by Kate Steger
Benjamin Steger, Director and Producer
Benjamin also was the cinematographer, editor, and sound recordist on the film. He started making weird and unintentionally hilarious experimental videos, edited on VHS reel to reel, in Kansas during the 1990s. He moved to Chicago around the turn of the millennium to further his career as a waiter. He managed to pick up an MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College while there. After being fired from the fanciest of French restaurants by a grumpy chef, he decided to devote himself to scratching together a living by freelancing on non-profit videos and documentary films. He directed his first feature length documentary, Left Field leftfieldthemovie.com, while there. After infamous George (not the one in our story) managed to decimate the economy, which effectively killed the non-profit video industry, he decided it was time to grow up and take a real job. Luckily, he found one at George Mason University, in Northern Virginia, where he is currently a professor of film and video studies. He also teaches an awesome video summer camp for adolescents at Potomac Academy. You can see samples of his work on Vimeo.
Kate Steger, Outreach & Marketing Director
A sibling of the director, Kate is a nomadic poetess, art and culture junkie, nature enthusiast and recovering chicken farmer. She once ran the much-loved, now forgotten art and repertory movie theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota known as Oak Street Cinema. Nowadays, she is trying to infuse the global development and humanitarian arenas with honest, human-centered, health communications. She is addicted to novels, films and far-flung travel and gets credit for some of the unsteady assistant camera work in Stage Four, A Love Story. About the film, she can only say that the making of it was not near as hard as the living of it.
Carla Riseman, Social Media Director
Carla is a longtime friend of the director. A few words to describe her are mother, runner, writer, lover, rock and roller and yogini. A few more are endurance athlete, artist, curious, advocate, champion, survivor and songbird. She nurtures everything in her path, and pays extra special attention to babies, kids, animals and plants. She pays the bills with her mad marketing skills and loves to use her amazing powers for good. She joyfully studies burlesque and is trying her hand (and the rest of her too) at performing. She's a rebel with lots of causes, and she tweets about them (and her kids, and her garden, and her cats, and her industry) daily on Twitter.