Gita Saedi Kiely was the series producer and story editor for Kartemquin Films’ acclaimed series The New Americans, a three-part, seven-hour series following five immigrant families' journey to and first years in the U.S. Prior to The New Americans she served on producing teams for Channel 4 in the UK, CBS and PBS in the U.S. and RTE in Ireland. Her other work includes line producing Reel Paradise, a feature documentary about indy film guru John Pierson and his family’s adventure on a remote island in Fiji; and Jailed For Their Words, a one-hour documentary on free speech and the Montana Sedition Act of 1918. Aside from production, Gita is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Montana School of Journalism and was the 2013 Festival Director of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
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.
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.