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Meet the Teaching About Religion Team

Teaching About Religion filming begins in the classroom this week! Get to know our crew and consider supporting our endeavors through an online donation.

Meet the Team


Director / Producer

Allison Walsh

Director Allison Walsh is both a Prospect High School alum and a former student of Mr. Camardella’s World Religions class. This class served as a fundamental catalyst for her development as an artist and filmmaker. Walsh’s films have screened around the world including Paris, France (Paris Art and Movie Awards), Sayulita, Mexico (Festival Sayulita) and Chicago, Illinois (Pride Film Fest, Femme Filmmakers Showcase). She is interested in re-visiting the classroom she once sat in as a student; this time with a documentary lens, to observe and communicate the impact of religious literacy on high school students.



Shu Ling Yong

Shu Ling Yong is a Singapore-born, Chicago-based documentary Sound Recordist who has worked on films like Radical Grace (2015) and The Feeling of Being Watched (2018). Shuling is a Tribeca Film Institute program alum and a Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Docs Fellow.


Associate Producer

Lilly Hanson

Lilly Hanson is a Midwestern creative focused on assisting projects that shed light on systemic issues and new ideas. She honed her skills for producing and crowdfunding for documentaries through her internship with Kartemquin Films.



Alanna Schmelter

Alanna Schmelter is a film & television editor with a concentration in narrative non-fiction & documentary. She has edited series for Starz, National Geographic, Travel Channel, Ovation and A&E. Finishing in 2018, she served as Co-Editor for two years on an epic ten-part documentary series directed by Steve James titled America to Me (Kartemquin Films & Participant Media), addressing race & academic achievement in public education.

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