Liz Kaar is an independent documentary filmmaker, working in Chicago and Latin America. She edited Kartemquin’s feature-length documentary Typeface, as well as a slew of shorts, demos and trailers for the company. She’s also produced and directed non-profit videos for the Illinois Department of Public Health, CDC, and The Newberry Library. Most recently she edited and associate produced the feature-length music documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Liz moved to Chicago and began her relationship with Kartemquin Films. She was given the opportunity to cut her teeth by acting as assistant editor for Kartemquin’s In The Family, Milking the Rhino, and No Crossover. She learned the power of documentary films to create social change, and how to go about sculpting them in the editing room. Over time Liz also came to learn she enjoys late nights, small dark editing rooms, tackling the monster of long-form story structure, and the resulting trail of potato chip crumbs. In addition to being a staff editor, Liz was also Director of Post-Production at Kartemquin from 2008-2012, managing the department and ushering in the brave new workflow of card-based media.