About the Film

Breast cancer survivors find support and friendship in a unique sport: Dragon Boat Racing.

About the Filmmakers

Katie Prentiss Onsager is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker and video journalist. As the Executive Producer of Small Forces, she has led the story development and production of more than 40 documentary shorts about grassroots activists and organizations. Katie also knows how to cook a whole octopus and make it delicious. While her culinary skills with cephalopods may appear to be a talent unrelated to her professional capacity, it is a good encapsulation of how she approaches her work: a constant curiosity, a willingness to take on challenges, and a sense of what is going to make a great story. 

Jamie Fleischel has more than 15 years experience in filmmaking and producing award-winning docu-series for television, digital platforms, and content partners. A founding partner of Picture Show, a Chicago-based production company, Jamie produces and directs content pieces for a variety of clients including Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, Wahl, The Onion A.V. Club, and The Museum of Science and Industry. He began his career as a filmmaker and storyteller the moment he hit the road with a band—following them throughout Europe—and documenting much of the experience with photography and video. And the moment he returned from touring, he set about learning how to edit.

About Illinois Public Media

Illinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, educating, entertaining, inspiring and empowering by airing the best of public television and radio programs, producing local content for broadcast and the Web, and working with community partners to address needs and concerns.

Blog | Survivorship Meets Sportsmanship Meets Filmmaking

Illinois Public Media spoke with Katie Prentiss Onsager on the making of “Paddle Together."