Directed By
Steve James
Peter Gilbert
Produced by
Peter Gilbert
Steve James
Executive Producer
Gordon Quinn
Executive Producers
Christine Lubrano
Debbie DeMontreux
Evan Shapiro
Executive Producer
Alison Bourke
Director of Photography
Peter Gilbert
Edited by
Steve James
Aaron Wickenden
Co-Producers
Zak Piper
Aaron Wickenden
Composer
Leo Sidran
Music Supervisor
Linda Cohen
Associate Producer / Archival Research
Emily Hart
Sound Recording
Zak Piper
Additional Sound Recording
Adam Singer
Additional Cinematography
Dana Kupper
Steve James
Post Production Supervisor
Aaron Wickenden
High Definition Finish
Nolo Digital Film, LLC
Digital Colorist: Mike Matusek
Producer: Joe Flanagan
Engineer: Boris Seagraves
Graphics: Jeremy Christen
Lead Compositor: Chris Sato
Post Production Sound Services
Skywalker Sound
a LucasFilm Ltd. Company
Marin County, California
Client Services
Eva Porter
Sound Editors
Kyle Gray & Gary A. Rizzo
Rerecording Mixer
Gary A. Rizzo
Equipment provided by
Fletcher Chicago
OPENING TITLES
Dizzy Giant
Legal Services
Holland & Knight
Robert Labate
Kartemquin Staff
Jennie Gambach
Beth Iams
Liz Kaar
Jim Morrissette
Justine Nagan
Joanna Rudnick
Leslie Simmer
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Alice Barr
Brittany Piper
Joanna Rabiger
Beckie Stocchetti
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Kartemquin Interns
Mary Adekoya
Michael Chandler
Shana East
Bryce Goodman
Elliot Greenberger
Susan Hanrahan
Jessi Knowles
Ahnna Lee
Neal Patel
Jackie K. Robinson
Tom Salek
Brian Schodorf
Amadi Jordan-Walker
Katie Weber
Matt Wittmer
Video Duplicaton
Global Video, Chicago
Jay Doyle
Original music by
Leo Sidran

Steve James

Directed By, Produced by, Edited by, Additional Cinematography

Steve James' affiliation with Kartemquin began in 1987 with the start of production of Hoop Dreams, for which he served as director, producer, and co-editor. He has since then become one of the most acclaimed documentary makers of his generation, with noted works being Stevie, The New Americans, The War Tapes, At the Death House Door, The Interrupters, and most recently, Life Itself.

Peter Gilbert

Directed By, Produced by, Director of Photography

Peter Gilbert is one of the filmmakers who made Hoop Dreams, serving as a Producer and Director of Photography. The film won numerous awards including The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Producers Guild of America, Independent Spirit Award, and The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Journalism. Hoop Dreams was on 100+ top ten lists for 1994. Also with Kartemquin and Steve James, he recently finished At the Death House Door which premiered at South by Southwest in 2008, and won awards at several other festivals following, including the inspiration award at Full Frame. It aired on the Independent Film Channel in May of 2008.

Gordon Quinn

Executive Producer

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. 

Aaron Wickenden

Edited by, Co-Producers, Post Production Supervisor

Aaron Wickenden is a multiple Emmy and ACE Eddie nominated editor with extensive professional experience in many aspects of the independent filmmaking process. He is regarded for bringing a tireless work ethic and playful spirit to each of his creative collaborations... including the Oscar nominated film Finding Vivian Maier. Most recently he was recruited by Oscar winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) and acclaimed author Robert Gordon (Respect Yourself) to edit their film Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere in competition at Sundance 2015 and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures/Participant for theatrical release world wide in 2015.

Zak Piper

Co-Producers, Sound Recording

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.

Emily Hart

Associate Producer / Archival Research

Emily Hart is a director, producer and cinematographer with over two decades experience creating award-winning documentary films and television.  With Kartemquin Films, she produced Steve James’ No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, which screened at festivals including SXSW, Full Frame, and iDOCS International Documentary Forum in Beijing; was broadcast as part of ESPN Films’ “30 for 30,” winner of the 2010 International Documentary Association Award for Best Continuing Series and a 2011 Peabody Award; and selected by the U.S.

Adam Singer

Additional Sound Recording

Adam D. Singer began working with Kartemquin Films in 1989 spending 5 years on the critically acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams and has continued his association with them for the past 19 years. He has worked on various productions, both nationally and internationally, as a producer, cameraman and sound recordist. With Kartemquin and director Steve James he produced No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and aired as part of ESPN Films' 2010 International Documentary Association award-winning series "30 for 30." The film was selected for the IDOCS International Documentary Forum in Beijing, and also played at the Cleveland, Full Frame, Dallas, Nashville and Atlanta film festivals, among others. In 2011, No Crossover was selected by the U.S. Department of State for the American Documentary Showcase.

Beth Iams

Kartemquin Staff

Beth is the Director of Project Research and has been working with Kartemquin since 2005. Currently, she is the Co-Producer of In the Family, a documentary feature exploring the impact of genetic testing for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer gene. The film will be broadcast nationally on the series "P.O.V." on PBS in Fall 2008. In addition to her production role, Beth is also coordinating the outreach and education campaign around the film. With Kartemquin, she has contributed to proposals for projects on public education and immigrant health, organizational development grants, and has overseen multimedia projects, most recently for the MacArthur Foundation. Beth has also worked as a freelance field producer, writer for a Chicago travel website, and coordinator for a 40-person educational trip through southern Africa.

Liz Kaar

Kartemquin Staff

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.  

Jim Morrissette

Kartemquin Staff

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.

Justine Nagan

Kartemquin Staff

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.

Joanna Rudnick

Kartemquin Staff

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.

Beckie Stocchetti

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Beckie is responsible for managing the professional development programs and outreach initiatives of the organization including Diverse Voices in Docs, KTQ Labs, the KTQ Internship program, and classroom, media advocacy, and production outreach initiatives. Additionally, she works to build successful strategies for providing producers with critical advice and support around audience engagement, social impact, and fundraising throughout the production and distribution process. Beckie has led strategy for over 10 social impact and audience engagement campaigns for award-winning documentaries.