Todd Looby is a mostly self-taught, award-winning filmmaker based in Chicago. 

The Site (2007), Todd’s first narrative feature, premiered at the Iowa

Independent Film Festival and screened as part of IFP’s “Meet the Filmmaker” Series. 

LEFTY (2009), Todd’s second narrative feature, was named one of the

“Top 10 Movies of 2009…” by the Chicago Tribune’s metromix and is currently

being distributed by IndieFlix, Inc.  Todd completed two projects from a recent trip

to Liberia, West Africa.  The first, “Children of Hope”, is a six-part web-series about Liberia Mission, Inc. and its most remarkable children.  The second, “Son of None” (2010), is a narrative short starring one of the mission’s children.  The film won the coveted Special Jury Award at Slamdance 2011 from over 2,600 entries and took home “Best Short Film” at the Boston Film Festival.  Solo Madres:  Stories of the Families Left Behind (2011) is a feature documentary Todd and his wife shot in Honduras.  This project is in post-production.  Currently, Todd is adapting the non-fiction book, A Saint on Death Row - written by New York Times Bestselling author, Thomas Cahill - into a narrative feature film.  Most recently, Todd wrapped production on his 4th feature film, Be Good, which stars Amy Seimetz, one of Indiewire’s “Top 25 Actors of 2011.”  Be Good is in post-production and will be submitted to marquee film festivals starting in late September, 2011.

                                                          Born and raised in Walla Walla, WA, Monica developed a passion for social justice, storytelling, and visual art through her early experiences in the theater as a dancer, as a sociology and world religions major at Colorado College, and during a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  She has since had a breadth of experience working for social change in direct social service, community organizing, research, and public policy advocacy.  She holds an MA from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in social policy and community organizing.  Prior to living in Honduras and working on Solo Madres – her first documentary - Monica was the Director of Public Policy for the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and a consultant for Obrigado Productions.  Monica and Todd are currently on the road drumming up interest in Solo Madres and Todd’s last film, LEFTY.


TOdd Looby

Executive Producer /  Director / Writer / Editor

Monica Desmond

Associate Producer /  Director