About the filmmakers

Leslie Buchbinder


Pentimenti founder and Artistic Director Leslie Buchbinder began her career as a professional dancer with companies in Chicago and San Francisco, prior to working as an Account Executive in the arts public relations firm, The Kreisberg Group, (New York City). Ms. Buchbinder thereafter established her own arts communications company in Chicago. For over ten years, LB-PR specialized in local & international communications for clients including Sara Lee Corporation, (sponsor of a series of art museum exhibitions); The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Arts Club of Chicago; among many others. In 2011, she was nominated to the Committee on Prints and Drawings of The Art Institute of Chicago, and to the Advisory Board of the Chicago Film Archives in 2012. Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists was her directorial debut. Westermann: Memorial to the Idea of Man If He Was an Idea is her second feature-length film project.


Executive Producer

Pentimenti is honored to have the internationally acclaimed artist and designer KAWS as the Executive Producer of Westermann: Memorial to the Idea of Man If He Was an Idea. As an avid collector of H.C. Westermann, KAWS is a champion and steward of Westermann’s legacy.

Brian Ashby & Ben Kolak

Co-Producers, Cinematographers, and Editors

Brian Ashby and Ben Kolak are Chicago-based filmmakers and the principals of production company Scrappers Film Group. They are co-directors of the award-winning documentary feature Scrappers, one of Roger Ebert’s best documentaries of 2010, and co-directed the innovative web series Central Standard: On Education, a co-production with WTTW11 and PBS Digital Studios. Other notable projects include: Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists (2014), The Area (2018), and Statesville Calling (in production).

Pentimenti is working in close cooperation with the families and heirs of H.C. Westermann and Joanna Beall Westermann and with the H.C. Westermann Study Collection based at the Smart Museum of Art and the University of Chicago. Pentimenti is in consultation with noted Westermann scholars, including David McCarthy (Rhodes College, Memphis), Lynne Warren (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago), and Michael Rooks (High Museum of Art, Atlanta).

Westermann Consultants