The Company

Green River Films is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based production company with a mission to create meaningful, impactful narratives for the digital age. Our work spans many platforms but whether we are crafting an online media campaign for a non-profit organization, editing a documentary series for cable television, creating micro-commercials for search engines or producing a film for the big screen, we believe that all good work should move the viewer.

Our Process

Concept Development

We will work together to learn what your goals are and help you craft the stories to achieve results. We will help determine the appropriate outlet and structure the films to best suit that medium.

In today’s multi-screen multi-platform media landscape, content still is king. We can help you craft your story to move your audience and deliver powerful results for your brand. We will work with you to develop the right stories for the right screens from concept through delivery.


We can provide all necessary aspects to make your production run smoothly. From locations, to crews, studio space to talent and we can do it anywhere in the world.


Our in-house editing team is involved at the beginning of the process not just the end to make post-production run smoothly.

Meet the Team

John Farbrother

Editor / Director

Samantha Sanders

Producer / Director

What Our Clients Say

Jonathan McCormick

Director of Education and The Negaunee Music Institute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

“For years we have relied on Green River Films’ extraordinary ability to tell compelling, engaging and heartfelt stories about the CSO’s education and community engagement work. They are masters of their craft.”

Susan Lape

Executive Director Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

“The video was the highlight of the evening and a huge part of how we achieved record fundraising results this year…You and your team are brilliant and we can’t even begin to express how grateful we are for this. This video was a HUGE part of getting our audience to feel the impact of our mission and our work.”

Murphy Monroe

Columbia College Chicago

“Green River Films is easy and fun to work with, always completing projects within budget and deadline. But most importantly, the Green River team has always quickly and effortlessly grasped the vibe we were seeking and translated it brilliantly to film.”

Janice Clark

Good Studio

“We love the way Green River integrates film and graphics to tell stories that are dynamic, engaging and always fun. Wonderfully inventive, easy to work with—a real pleasure.”

Adam Wadsworth


“I have had the pleasure to work with Green River numerous times. John is one of the few editors I trust to create a thoughtful and engaging story. Not only is he a pleasure to work with, I have found that whatever idea I have John always makes it better. If I win the lottery John will be the person I ask to edit the film I bankroll. No lie.”

Some of Our Clients