Impact Driven

We believe people and organizations working at the grassroots level can make a big impact in their communities.
Small Forces amplifies their voices with custom video storytelling tools and supports their growth with PR resources, vision strategy planning, and community building.

Reach Out

Cinematic storytelling and strategic guidance by Small Forces help our partners reach larger audiences, secure key partnerships, raise significant incremental funds, and inspire action.

Our Team

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Jamie Fleischel
Senior Executive Producer

Jamie Fleischel is the Co-Founder and Senior Executive Producer of Small Forces, where he is the lead documentarian and team producer of stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Jamie 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 story teller 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.

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Katie Prentiss Onsager
Executive Producer

Katie Prentiss Onsager is the Executive Producer of Small Forces where she oversees story development and production.

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 as Executive Producer, 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.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, her documentaries seek the truth through a journalistic lens. She seeks to tell stories that amplify the work of individuals strengthening their communities.  She is the President of the Danny Did Young Professionals Board and is a Team Captain for the Chicago MS Walk. She is based in Chicago.

  • Our Small Forces story has become part of the fabric of who we are. We will use it forever.

    Yesenia Gorbea, Coaching Boys into Men

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  • Working with Small Forces was the most amazing experience. It went beyond even feeling like you were working with a warm and trusted friend. I now consider the Small Forces staff to be family.

    Patty O’Machel, Educating Outside the Lines

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  • It gave an authenticity to the work we do, because you captured us in the thick of our work at shelters, but also allowed us this professionalism that we never had before.

    Marge Nykaza, Harmony, Hope and Healing

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Awards and Recognition