Directors
Bob Hercules
Gordon Quinn
Producer
Joanna Rudnick
Executive Producers
Gordon Quinn
Susan Lacy
Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer
Editor
David E. Simpson
Director of Photography
Keith Walker
Associate Producer
Rachel Pikelny
Camera
Gordon Quinn
Location Sound Recording
John Mathie
Daniel Brooks
Judy Karp
additional camera
Jim Morrissette
Mike Swanson
Dana Kupper
Additional Sound
Richard K. Pooler
Ben Clore
Zak Piper
David Schumacher
Assistant Editors
Nora Gully
Liz Kaar
Sharon Szalkowski
Technical Supervisor & Online Editor
Jim Morrissette
Audio Mix
Mark Bandy
Title & Graphics
Dizzy Giant, LLC
Kartemquin Films Executive Director
Justine Nagan
Production Support for Kartemquin Films
Yvonne Afable
Jacinta Banks
Jerry Blumenthal
Nora Gully
Tim Horsburgh
Liz Kaar
Jim Morrissette
Kelley Moseley
Elizabeth Neufeld
Zak Piper
Dinesh Sabu
Leslie Simmer
Production Manager for Media Process Group
Lisa Pooler
Bookkeeping
Yvonne Afable
Mia Capodilupo
Cate Ryan
Legal
Robert Labate
Jennifer Bjornberg
Peter Jaszi
Elisa Westapher
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Ethan Barnowsky
Holly Butz
Kate Donalek
John Kostka
Matt Lauterbach
Joe Riina-Ferrie
Rebecca Parrish
Robby Sexton
Emily Thomas
Jenny Wells
Adora Wilson-Eye
Produced with the cooperation of Ravinia Festival
Welz Kauffman, CEO & President
Interns/Production Assistants
Ethan Barnowsky
Jessy Bradish
Sarah Brafman
Holly Butz
Betsy Cass
Ranjani Chakraborty
Kate Donalek
Latoya Flowers
Michael Foley
Nick Fraccaro
Kevin Fullam
Lauren Goldenberg
Brett Hanover
Ian Robertson Kibbe
John Kostka
Matt Lauterbach
Lauren Makholm
Aaron McGrath
Eman Nader
Aubyn Niemi
Nick Nummerdor
Lesley Onstott
Rebecca Parrish
Allison Pichert
Joe Riina-Ferrie
Hannah Roodman
Dinesh Sabu
Robby Sexton
Ayesha Siddiqi
Philister Sidigu
Tristan Steinfeld
Emily Thomas
Lindsey Turner
Stanzi Vaubel
Aziza Ngozi Walker
Jenny Wells
Cassie Wierenga
Adora Wilson-Eye
Shuling Yong
Series Theme Music Composed by
Thomas Wagner
Series Title Designed by
B. T. Whitehill
Music Services
Rosie Fishel
Emily Lee
Series Production Manager
Jane Buckwalter
Business Affairs
Odell Nails
Series Publicist
WNET’s Communications Group
Production Supervisor
Junko Tsunashima
Supervising Producer
Julie Sacks
Series Producer
Prudence Glass
Executive Producer
Susan Lacy

Bob Hercules

Directors

Bob Hercules is an independent filmmaker and co-owner of Media Process Group. His recent films include Bill T. Jones: A Good Man (American Masters 2011, Full Frame/Silverdocs/IDFA/DOXA, 2011), Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (American Masters, 2012), Forgiving Dr. Mengele (Slamdance Special Jury Prize, 2006) and Senator Obama Goes to Africa (seen in over 100 countries in 2007-08). He is currently Executive Producer on The Schools Project.

Gordon Quinn

Directors, Executive Producers, Camera

Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 50 years. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) "an extraordinarily moving documentary." With Home for Life Gordon established the direction he would take for the next four decades, making cinéma vérité films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people. 

Joanna Rudnick

Producer

Joanna has worked as a producer, director and a former Director of Development for Kartemquin over the past decade. No matter where life takes her, she will always consider Kartemquin her filmmaking home! Currently, living in the Bay Area with her husband and two little girls, Joanna is finishing the Kartemquin film On Beauty about former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti’s campaign to change the way we see the beauty in difference told through the stories of three women with genetic syndromes living in Africa, Upstate New York and the Middle East.

David E. Simpson

Editor

David E. Simpson is an Emmy Award-winning producer, director and editor who has crafted award- winning films and television for over twenty-five years. He has worked in close association with Kartemquin Films since 1997. David’s first feature-length documentary, When Billy Broke His Head... was a groundbreaking film about disability culture that garnered major prizes at a dozen film festivals, including a jury award at Sundance and a duPont- Columbia Baton for Journalistic Excellence. David directed Refrigerator Mothers, about a generation of mothers who raised autistic children under the shadow of professionally-promoted mother-blame. The film won top honors at the Florida, Indiana, and Sedona film festivals and aired nationally on the PBS series P.O.V.

Keith Walker

Director of Photography

Keith, co-owner and director of photography for Media Process Group, has shot hundreds of broadcast segments for shows like 60-minutes, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Dateline, and HBO Real Sports, as well as numerous award-winning documentaries for PBS, NBC and CBS. He also shot many corporate marketing and educational projects for clients like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Gates Foundation, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Starbucks.

Rachel Pikelny

Associate Producer

Rachel produced the award-winning documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens in 2014. Prior to that, she served as co-producer on Kartemquin's Mormon Movie, American Arab, and On Beauty, and Associate Producer on A Good Man, broadcast on PBS American Masters in 2011. In 2014, Rachel joined the staff at Siskel/Jacobs Productions as its Director of Production. In that capacity, she produces and directs a number of feature documentaries, web shorts, nonprofit videos, and branded content.

Jim Morrissette

additional camera, Technical Supervisor & Online Editor, Production Support for Kartemquin Films

For over thirty-five years, Jim Morrissette has had extensive experience as both a professional videographer and teacher, supporting his conviction that sharing and access are instrumental to the vitality of the independent production community. Jim has been the director of photography on numerous productions including: the award winning PBS documentary A Still Small Voice dealing with spiritual thought and mystic understanding, five episodes of Bill Kurtis' New Explorers, two episodes of Discovering Women for WGBH Boston, and Shadow Over Tibet, a documentary featuring the Dalai Lama. He was the principal videographer on the highly acclaimed six hour Frontline documentary The Farmer's Wife, which aired twice nationally on PBS.

Zak Piper

Additional Sound, Production Support for Kartemquin Films

Zak is an Emmy-winning Documentary Producer who previously served as Director of Production at Kartemquin Films for more than a decade. Most recently, he produced Saving Mes Aynak, which follows an Afghan archaeologist as he and histeam race to save a 2,000-year-old Buddhist archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition by a Chinese copper mine. Zak also produced the critically acclaimed film Life Itself.

Nora Gully

Assistant Editors, Production Support for Kartemquin Films

Nora Gully is a curious and compassionate video editor who specializes in long-form documentary films. She values the opportunity to learn about people's lives and bring their stories to the screen. Nora was most recently an editor on How to Build a School in Haiti and Unity Dinners, additional editor on Finding Vivian Maier and post production supervisor for Almost There. She spent five years as Kartemquin Films’ Post Production Associate. Her first credit was on the Emmy-award-winning The Interrupters, first as assistant editor and subsequently as post-production supervisor. She shepherded its popular festival run, its theatrical release, and delivered multiple versions to national and international broadcasters, including PBS Frontline, BBC Storyville, CBC’s The Passionate Eye and Canal Plus.

Liz Kaar

Assistant Editors, Production Support for Kartemquin Films

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.  

Justine Nagan

Kartemquin Films Executive Director

Since 2008, Justine has led Kartemquin Films as our Executive Director as well as being an Executive Producer on each new film. She is responsible, in concert with the Board of Directors, for creating and implementing the strategic vision for Kartemquin. Justine successfully transitioned to the ED role in a historic founder-led organization, and has made major strides in building a foundation for long-term sustainability.

Yvonne Afable

Production Support for Kartemquin Films, Bookkeeping

Yvonne P. Afable was Kartemquin's Director of Finance from 2004-2012, before transitioning to the Board of Directors. A graduate of DePaul University, Yvonne has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting & Finance. She is a Certified Management Accountant with 16 years of accounting experience. She was an auditor for two years before beginning her career in the not-for-profit industry. She monitored the budget and assisted with investments for the American College of Surgeons before becoming the Assistant Accounting Manager. Then she joined the Corporate Reporting Department of Rotary International as the Accounting Manager before working on the PeopleSoft upgrade and Business Process Redesign. She started her own business in 2001, Afable ACS LLC, offering accounting services to nonprofit organizations and small businesses.

Jerry Blumenthal

Production Support for Kartemquin Films

Jerry Blumenthal, one of the founding partners of Kartemquin Films, was a director, producer, editor and sound recordist with Kartemquin from 1967 until his passing on November 13, 2014. His most recent completed work was as Editor on Kartemquin's 2010 documentary, Prisoner Of Her Past. Blumenthal's previous film, Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes (2004), co-produced with Gordon Quinn, revisited the great American artist thirteen years after the award-winning Golub (1988) and was a selection at the 2004 IDFA.

Tim Horsburgh

Production Support for Kartemquin Films

Tim Horsburgh is Kartemquin’s Director of Communications and Distribution. Since 2009, he has driven marketing, audience engagement, public relations, and social media for Kartemquin and all their films. In March 2014 he began overseeing Kartemquin's distribution strategy. He is also responsible for assessing and managing potential new Kartemquin documentary projects.

Dinesh Sabu

Production Support for Kartemquin Films, Interns/Production Assistants

Dinesh Sabu made his first feature documentary Unbroken Glass with Kartemquin. It played at numerous film festivals and was broadcast on America ReFramed’s 5th Season in May 2017. Dinesh was awarded “Best Director” at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2017 for his debut feature. Before Unbroken Glass, Dinesh shot parts of American Arab and The Homestretch with Kartemquin filmmakers. He also shot and is co-producing the forthcoming How to Build a School in Haiti with director Jack C. Newell. He is currently attending Stanford University’s Documentary Film and Video MFA program.

Rebecca Parrish

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Rebecca Parrish is a documentary director, cinematographer and editor. Her feature directorial debut, Radical Grace, was executive produced by Susan Sarandon, and premiered at 2015 Hot Docs followed by AFI Docs, garnering audience awards (Hot Docs Top 5 Audience Favorite and AFI Docs Best of Fest). Other work included the interactive web documentary and engagement campaign. Parrish graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in 2006 with a BA in American Studies. Her coursework explored the operation of race, class and sexuality in U.S. society through Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory and other modalities. Rebecca is a Story Producer / Cinematographer on America To Me.