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The video above is about one of our apprentice employees. It tells the story of how important a job and a support network are to an individual who lives in a community that has been traumatized by a high crime rate and a lack of resources.

This young man helped found our organization. He works full time as an apprentice assistant editor on all of our client videos and original content projects.

To contribute to a fund that will help send this young man and our other apprentices to college, click the donate button below.

All donations are tax deductible courtesy of our 501c3 fiscal sponsor, Free Spirit Media.

Client Work

Our Team

Jayme Joyce is the Founder of social enterprise company Local Legend Films leading a team of filmmakers and at risk apprentices to document the issue of gun violence on Chicago’s west side. A serial entrepreneur, Jayme received the Young Entrepreneur Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners. Jayme juried the Chicago International Film Festival, worked for seven years at the Sundance Film Festival, and served on the board of the Chicago chapter of Women in Film. Jayme has worked in various capacities on dozens of films, most notably as a camera operator for the Oscar nominated documentary, Finding Vivian Maier, available on Netflix. In addition, Jayme was the second unit Assistant Director on the critically acclaimed documentary film, Girl Rising, and is a Producer on the authorized biopic, George Romero, An Independent Man, which premiered in Spain at the Sitges film Festival.
Ptosha Becton-Freyer is a dynamic Sales Leader with over 20 years of progressive experience in Key Account Management, New Business Development, and Executive Leadership in the Technology Industry. She comes with an extensive record of success for developing and implementing strategic sales plans to launch new products and build market growth. She has been called “a leader among her peers” and has been recognized as a thought leader in her industry.
Cory Jackson II is a salesman by nature but a producer at heart. He brings these skills to Local Legend Films by creating and executing sales and marketing strategies, while still helping with the production of various projects. A native Detroiter, Cory loves Chicago because of the food and creative opportunities, but mostly for the food. When he’s not at LLF he’s out capturing the world with his digital or film camera and writing the next great comedy tv/film series.
Christine Fugate is Director of Operations at Local Legend Films. She holds a B.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. She has written a novel and is currently at work on a memoir about her father. Her previous experiences in the work world include professional organizing and being a personal assistant to entrepreneurs. During her free time, she enjoys walks along the lakefront near her Rogers Park home, capturing photographs of city quirks and attending gallery and art openings around the city.
Nate DuFort is a writer, producer and director who splits his time between Detroit and Chicago. Nate currently serves as the Creative Producer for Local Legend Films, having previously served as the Producer for Second City Theatricals, Producing Director for The Second City Touring Companies and the Producing Artistic Director for The Second City Detroit. Highlights include producing The Second City Guide to the Opera in partnership with Lyric Opera of Chicago, leading the producing team for The Second City’s collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and managing the partnership at sea between Second City and Norwegian Cruise Line. Nate served on the Board of Directors for Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck, Michigan and from 2005 to 2007 served as the Director of the Planet Ant Film & Video Festival and has segment produced and juried festivals around North America. He currently produces the podcasts My Neighbors Are Dead and Unspookable both available wherever you get your podcasts.
Elodie Edjang is a video editor for Local Legend Films. She has a passion for documentary filmmaking. Elodie has secured internships at media organizations that emphasize social issues such as documentary non-profit Kartemquin Films and Australian current affairs television program Insight. In addition to her work at Local Legend Films, Elodie freelances as a documentary camera operator. She is the co-founder of Red Door Media Collective, a production based film collective. Elodie holds a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Georgia. During her free time she enjoys hula hooping, singing, and watching Youtube videos.
Eliza Lambert is a production assistant with Local Legend Films. She also works with StoryCorps Chicago, among other organizations. In the past, she worked for Freakonomics Radio and other New York Public Radio audio shows. She holds a B.A. in documentary media from New York University. She believes active listening is essential and interpersonal storytelling is at the heart of our media future.

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Local

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Legend

Our company employs young adults at risk from gun violence.

These apprentices are expanding their horizons to change the world.

They are legends in the making.

Films

In art the ordinary becomes legendary.

Your story is worth the effort.

Legends can’t be rushed.