Founded in 2014 by Erica Duffy, Camera Ambassador is one of only three equipment rental houses nationwide owned and operated by a woman. Her vision was to create a vibrant community of artists by providing high-quality film equipment and top-notch service paired with genuine support of their productions.

Camera Ambassador is a one-stop shop, carrying everything from cameras and lenses to grip trucks and production supplies. Their equipment roster includes high-end brands such as Arri, Red, Canon, Cooke, Zeiss, O’Connor, Small HD, Teradek, and more. They’ve also got you covered with specialty items such as anamorphic lenses, gimbals, and grip trucks. 

While supporting clients through equipment rentals is their main focus, Camera Ambassador is much more than that. They offer monthly workshops & feedback sessions, host screenings, promote filmmakers, provide internships, and fund the annual Community Builders Grant. 
 When walking into the shop, you can often be greeted by the shop dog, met with a warm smile, and take a moment to kick back at their snack bar before prepping your rental. Camera Ambassador loves getting to know their clients and supporting them in all areas of development and creation. 

Erica Duffy

FOUNDER & CEO

Follow her on IG @hello.erica.duffy

Erica Duffy (she/her) is the mama bear of the whole operation. Erica loves connecting with clients, collaborators, and people alike. She is very active in the Chicago film community and recently accepted the role as Executive Director of The Midwest Film Festival. Along with being an aerial yoga enthusiast, she is an incredible trip planner and was likely a world renowned travel agent in a former life.

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Ellen Partain

RENTALS MANAGER

Follow her on IG @ ellen.rose.partain

Ellen (she/her) is the smiling face and warm voice of Camera Ambassador. She’s a master organizer who loves to help clients find the best combination of gear within their budget. When she's not at Camera Ambassador, she enjoys arts of many mediums including drawing, painting, designing handmade cards, and decorating.

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Eric Silver

LEAD TECH

Follow him on IG @ericsilv3r

Hailing from Philadelphia with the mane of an angel, Eric (he/him) is the Tech Lead at Camera Ambassador. When he's not breaking a sweat in the tech department, he works as a Movi Operator and Camera Assistant. Eric spends his free time photographing his life in the city and capturing much needed headshots of his cat, Luna.

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Connor A. Smith

CONTENT DIRECTOR & DESIGNER

Follow'em on IG @prairiecreek

Connor (he/they) is an Arkansas-native, Chicago-based actor, director, & producer. With a formal background in anthropology (University of Arkansas) and acting (BlackBox Academy, iO, & Annoyance), Connor really loves people and creating humanistic work regardless of medium. Though, they’re a bit obsessed with film history & criticism with a tendency to watch a-movie-a-day. This enthusiasm is at the core of Prairie Creek, a boutique production company that they co-operate, when not working at CA!

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Rey Tang

CLIENT RELATIONS & MARKETING ASSOCIATE

Follow her on IG @reytangerine

Rey (she/her) is a bit-lovin', wise-crackin', rootin'-tootin' writer, director, & improviser. A recent graduate of Northwestern, Rey is especially excited to work on stories and dreams of one day writing for TV shows that honor the queer and POC communities in which she inhabits. In her free time, you can find Rey finding the best bite to eat in Chicago or sprinting across the fields playing Ultimate Frisbee.

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Matt Carroll

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Follow him on his website Volta

Matt is a director of photography and camera operator with a background in narrative, documentary, and commercial filmmaking. Prior to his interest and pursuit of a career in the film industry, he studied Electrical Engineering, working briefly as a co-op electrical designer at Ethicon Endosurgery. When he's not at Camera Ambassador, he enjoys playing Magic, making ferrotypes and playing video games with his cat, Rhonda.

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Cashew

MASCOT

Follow her on IG @cashewsworld

Named for her cool and creamy vibes, Cashew acts as Camera Ambassador's mascot and pup-in-charge. As a connoisseur of Chicago's film industry, Cashew knows just what filmmakers need while in the studio: a hot doggy breath full of love and some of the best cuddles this city has to offer.

Willow

ASSISTANT TO MASCOT

Follow her on IG @wwwillows_worlddd

Known for whipping her ears back and forth, Willow is an expert in carrying sticks thrice her size. While Willow loves her position as assistant to the mascot, she sees her role as merely a stepping stone towards her real dream: directing and starring in the reboot of the iconic 1996 family drama, Shiloh.

Bodhi

ASSISTANT TO THE ASSISTANT MASCOT

With a joyful wag of the tail, Bodhi delights in making new friends and hanging with his besties Cashew and Willow. Lovingly nicknamed "Goof Troop", Bodhi enjoys cuddling with customers, learning new tricks, and overall being a good boy. Outside of Camera Ambassador, you can find Bodhi taking walks and well-earned naps!

Follow him on IG @bodhibunch

Meet Our Day Players

Camera Ambassador is proud to support and collaborate with some of Chicago's finest filmmakers. Our day players work with us in the shop and out in the field. They save the day when we need extra hands and represent Camera Ambassador on a daily basis.