Beyond the Spot: Jeff McCarter

Beyond the Spot: Jeff McCarter

In the latest installment of BEYOND THE SPOT, we hear from Jeff McCarter, executive director/founder of Free Spirit Media, a non-profit that provides education, access and opportunity in media production to under-resourced youth in Chicago.

McCarter started in the industry as an art department intern on the film BACKDRAFT - an experience he called "huge" and fascinating. He continued working on features into his 20s and in story-telling until a series of happy accidents caused him to found FSM, realizing that there is so much opportunity in story-telling.

Tune in to WTTW Channel 11 tonight at 10:30 p.m. to see Free Spirit's documentary following Peace Builders on trips to Southeast Asia and Nicaragua. The Peace Exchange and its 11 young Chicagoans traveled the world to study how people and communities recover from violence to learn how to foster healing and peace in Chicago.

Watch the full interview below.

Melissa Thornley is a creative alchemist. She develops brands and people in the creative industries. Her current clients include Accomplice Media, HUM Music and STORY. Being an active board member of both The Midwest Independent Film Festival and AICP Midwest allows her to fan the flames of Chicago’s ad and film industry. Melissa can be reached at You can also watch other interviews with Melissa at our Beyond the Spot page here.