Director and Producer
Usama Alshaibi
Executive Producers
Gordon Quinn
Justine Nagan
Editors
Matt Lauterbach
Leslie Simmer
Usama Alshaibi
Cinematographers
Christopher Rejano
Dinesh Sabu
Audio by
Larry Kapson
Derek Hanson
Anne Hanson
Original Musical Score Written and Composed by
Marwan Kamel
Additional Music by
Tim Kahn
G(Riot) Is The Serious Black
Rainbow Arabia
Sound Mix by
Nick Broste
Additional Sound Mix by
Jacob Ross
Animation by
Mel Racho
Additional Animation by

Hilda Karadsheh
Co-Producers
Tristan Hanson
Rachel Pikelny
New York City Video Crew
Carey Burtt
Zeke Springer
Special Thanks to The Birth Team In Iowa City
Jun-Nicole Matsushita
Elizabeth Cook
Nurse Kristin
Additional Videography
Kristie Alshaibi
Usama Alshaibi
Editing Consulting
Nathaniel Dorsky
Kartemquin Films Artistic Director
Gordon Quinn
Kartemquin Films Executive Director
Justine Nagan
Post Production Assistance
Nora Gully
Ryan Gleeson
Hillary Bachelder
Colorist and Technical Supervisor
Jim Morrissette
Director of Communications And Programs At Kartemquin
Tim Horsburgh
Director of Production at Kartemquin
Zak Piper
Director of Post-Production at Kartemquin
2008-2012
Liz Kaar
Additional Kartemquin Staff
Tamara Fouche
Elizabeth Neufeld
Ian Kibbe
Fair use consultant
Peter Jaszi
Kartemquin Interns & Production Assistants
Emily Thomas
Lesley Onstott
Shuling Yong
Brett Hanover
Ethan Barnowsky
Nicholas Fraccaro
Hannah Roodman
Ayesha Siddiqi
Ranjani Chakraborty
Joe Riina-Ferrie
Philister Sidigu
Cassie Wierenga
Stanzi Vaubel
Lauren Makholm
Kevin Fullam
Melissa Coleman
Jeff Perlman
R. Patrick Lile
Jonathan Vogel
Orion Pahl
Gabbi Ntsimi
Naomi Ezquivel
Mary Horan
Elena Guobyte
Philipp Batta
Morgan Johnson
Biliana Grozdanova
Sarah Bice
Ryan Bedore
Chris Bentley
John Fecile
Haley Martin
Thomas Mathew
Katie Prentiss
Ryan Buckley
Rosa Gaia Saunders
Matt Sezer
Julian Walker
Rachel Glass
David Granskog
Ben Schamisso
Aniluz Mercedes
Felix Ofosu Yeboah
Kristen Zelenka
Andrea Blake
Dain Evans
Reid Compton
Rachel Dickson
Nushmia Khan
Rachel Rozycki
Spenser Gabin
Natalie Stone
Tracy Ko
Cody Wallace
Alexander Skalomenos
Brian Gersten
Kartemquin Bookkeeping
Suzanne Niemoth
Maria Galent
Yvonne Afable
Mia Capodilupo
Cate Ryan
titles and graphics
Dizzy Giant
Photo Retouching
Lisa Barcy
Advisory Board
Louis Cainkar-Mashrah
Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa
Susan Gzesh
Bonnie Honig
Dr. Jack Shaheen
Translation
Aladdin M.Yaqub
Transcripts
Adina Kwasigroch
Legal Services
Holland & Knight - Chicago

Usama Alshaibi

Director and Producer, Editors, Additional Videography

Usama Alshaibi was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1969 and spent his formative years living between the United States and the Middle East. His work in film and video has been screened at numerous film festivals and venues across the globe. In early 2004 Usama and his wife returned to his birthplace in Iraq to shoot his first feature documentary titled Nice Bombs. The documentary had a theatrical release in 2007 and a broadcast premiere on the Sundance Channel in March 2008. Michael Philips, film critic at The Chicago Tribune says Nice Bombs is "...a surprisingly warm first-person video diary….the footage has been edited with grace and tact." Variety magazine calls Nice Bombs  “thoroughly engaging… offers a uniquely time-layered vision of the war.”

Gordon Quinn

Executive Producers, Kartemquin Films Artistic Director

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. 

Justine Nagan

Executive Producers, 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.

Dinesh Sabu

Cinematographers

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.

Tristan Hanson

Co-Producers

Tristan Hanson is a documentary director, producer and grant-writer. With Kartemquin Films she’s currently Co-Producer on Almost There and American Arab (2013). Previously she’s worked as Associate Producer for On Beauty and The Homestretch. Alongside her work at Kartemquin she’s passionate about bringing non-profit stories to life as a staff producer at See3 Communications. Her current documentary, Blueprint for Bronzeville, is supported by Fire This Time Fund and Puffin Foundation.

Rachel Pikelny

Co-Producers

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.

Nora Gully

Post Production Assistance

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.

Ryan Gleeson

Post Production Assistance

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Ryan first joined the Kartemquin family as an intern of Xan Aranda and assisted in the rollout of her film Andrew Bird: Fever Year. Later, as an intern at Kartemquin, he worked on a range of tasks including contributing to outreach on The Interrupters, assisting in editing of the demo of Living Revolution, and helping with Kartemquin’s first KTQ Labs Spring Showcase.

Hillary Bachelder

Post Production Assistance

Hillary Bachelder is a former Kartemquin intern turned staff member now working as a freelance editor, producer, and director in Chicago. Hillary first began her Kartemquin staff life as a night shift assistant editor for the Emmy-award winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Hillary went on to become Post Production Manager and then Director of Production at Kartemquin, managing teams, collaborating with filmmakers, and ultimately earning credits on over a dozen recent Kartemquin projects.

Jim Morrissette

Colorist and Technical Supervisor

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.

Tim Horsburgh

Director of Communications And Programs At Kartemquin

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.

Zak Piper

Director of Production at Kartemquin

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.

Liz Kaar

Director of Post-Production at Kartemquin

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.  

Ian Kibbe

Additional Kartemquin Staff

Ian Robertson Kibbe is a freelance filmmaker, writer, producer and musician with over 10 years experience as a producer, director and editor. Ian was the engagement coordinator for the award-winning PBS documentary, The Calling, and its companion campaign, What’s Your Calling (The Kindling Group) and also the engagement coordinator for the Emmy nominated, designer cult hit, Typeface (Kartemquin Films). Ian is currently working on the upcoming Kartemquin documentaries, Raising Bertie and Unbroken Glass. Ian's work has appeared on PBS, CNN, G4, The Health Care Blog, Billboard Magazine and the Huffington Post.

R. Patrick Lile

Kartemquin Interns & Production Assistants

R. Patrick Lile is currently producing his first feature-length documentary Unbroken Glass with Kartemquin. Following an internship with Kartemquin, Patrick was the Outreach Coordinator for the award winning documentary, The Interrupters (2011). Before coming to Kartemquin, Patrick spent two seasons as a science Segment Producer for WTIU-PBS's Regional Emmy Award winning, Friday Zone (2001-2003). He served multiple roles on the Regional Emmy Award winning documentary, Trouble No More: The Making of a John Mellencamp Album (2003), was the Video Archive Researcher on Tony and Janina's American Wedding (2010) and worked as a Production Researcher for Michael Caplan's documentary, Algren (TBA). Most recently, Patrick served as a Production Assistant and Assistant Editor on Steve James's documentary Head Games (2012). Most recently, Patrick provided post-production assistance to Life Itself.

Rachel Dickson

Kartemquin Interns & Production Assistants

Rachel Dickson is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Chicago. Before working in film, she worked as a print and radio journalist in Latin America. She is currently the Supervising Producer of The School Project, a series of short documentaries and webisodes about public education collaboratively produced by Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, Media Process Group, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, and Free Spirit Media.

Suzanne Niemoth

Kartemquin Bookkeeping

Suzanne, the Vice President of Finance & Operations at Kartemquin, is a non-profit finance, operations and accounting expert dedicated to building stronger non-profit organizations through better fiscal management and organizational efficiency. Suzanne has a decade of professional experience focused on strengthening the internal capacity of charitable organizations. She believes that navigating the financial challenges unique to non-profits requires a high level of financial accountability, transparency, and integrity. In her role at Kartemquin, Suzanne is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial management, general operations, human resources, compliance, information technology, legal affairs and risk management.

Yvonne Afable

Kartemquin 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.