Karen's editing credits include Spilled Water (PBS Broadcast), One Night Stand (nationwide theatrical release, Ovation channel; also Associate Produced), Certainty (Boston Film Festival ‘ Best Editing’ award, theatrical release), episodes of MysteryQuest and Clash of the Gods (the History Channel), and the documentary short, C-Rock. Other credits include Frozen River (Sundance Winner, Oscar Nominee) and Racing Dreams (Tribeca Winner, PBS POV 2012). Karen co-wrote the popular published play "44 Plays for 44 Presidents" (recently updated to include #45), and her writing has been featured on National Public Radio’ s “848.”
Lesley is an Emmy nominated television and documentary film editor with over fifteen years of experience in narrative-driven projects, which range from reality docudramas to feature-length documentaries. Some of her television work includes the Emmy-nominated series Inside 9/11 for The National Geographic Channel, award-winning segments and series for The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the Emmy Award winning series Super Soul Sunday for the OWN network. She has also worked on the award-winning documentary SelectED, the PBS special American Pharaoh, which followed the Egyptian Men’s National Soccer team and their bid to qualify for the World Cup in 2014, and many others.
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.
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.
Executive Director Betsy Steinberg joined Kartemquin in December 2015 and oversees daily operations, development, and serves as Executive Producer on Kartemquin projects. Prior to Kartemquin she spent eight years as Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office where she she spearheaded Illinois’ transformation into a world class film destination. She was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois film tax credit and implemented an overall business development strategy resulting in over $1 billion in direct economic impact. During her tenure the state broke all local film industry revenues in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013 and the Illinois Film Office was recognized by the Illinois Arts Alliance with an Arts Advocate Award and Cinema Chicago's Golden Hugo. She also served on the Governor's Roundtable on the Creative Arts and the boards of Free Spirit Media, Chicago Media Project and the Midwest Independent Film Festival.