Director/Producer
Dinesh Sabu
Editor
Matt Lauterbach
Written By
Matt Lauterbach
Dinesh Sabu
Co-Producer
R. Patrick Lile
Cinematography
Ian Kibbe
Dinesh Sabu
music by
Joshua Abrams
Executive Producer
Gordon Quinn
Betsy Steinberg
Justine Nagan
Melissa Sage Fadim
Leslie Simmer
Outreach/Marketing
Diane Moy Quon
Outreach Coordinator
Max Asaf
Outreach Advisor
Anushri Singhvi
Consulting Editor
Nora Gully
Gordon Quinn
Leslie Simmer
Additional Editing
Hillary Bachelder
Katerina Simic
Additional Cinematography
Tom Bailey
Sandeep Sabu
Sound Recording
R. Patrick Lile
Jonathan Vogel
Post Production Manager
Ryan Gleeson
Post Production Assistant
Eugene Kobayashi
Additional Producing
Jennifer B. Wells
Color Correction Facility
11 Dollar Bill
Colorist
Clark Jackson
AUDIO POST FACILITY
Another Country
Re-Recording Mixer
Drew Weir
Audio Post Supervisor
Tim Konn
Executive Director, Kartemquin Films
Betsy Steinberg
Director of Finance and Operations
Anthony Stoll
Finance Manager
Pedro Urgiles
Finance Assistant
Viorica Mereuta
Director of Communications and Distribution
Tim Horsburgh
Community Engagement and Programs Manager
Emily Strong
Technical Director
Jim Morrissette
Production Manager
Nancy McDonald
Post Production Associate
Carlos Cova
Marketing and Development Associate
Julia Martin
Director of Development
Joanna Lakatos
Data and Administrative Coordinator
Max Asaf
Kartemquin Staff
Alanna Schmelter
Alex Skalomenos
Alex Stein
Alison Hanold
Andrew Jones
Beth Iams
Cate Ryan
Christine McAlonan
Eleanor Bryan
Elizabeth Neufeld
Gregory Collins
Jacinta Banks
Jennie Gambach
Lindsey Bahr
Liz Kaar
Maria Galent
Nicole Gotthelf
Rachel Dickson
Tamara Fouche
Will Thwaites
Yvonne Afable
Kartemquin Intern
Bucher Almzain
Max Asaf
Hillary Bachelder
Phillip Batta
Chris Bentley
Andrea Blake
Ryan Buckley
Madeleine Burdzy
Ranjani Chakraborty
Reid Compton
Alexandra Cox
Marcus Davis
Rachel Dickson
Dain Evans
Nick Fraccaro
Kevin Fullam
Rosa Gaia Saunders
Rachel Glass
Hans Glick
Martine Granby
Blake Griffin
Elena Guobyte
Douglas Henry
Anna Hull
Marriah Kern
Nushmia Khan
Tracy Ko
Naomi Kothbauer
Kristin Leffler
Lauren Makholm
Thomas Matthew
Rondel Merrill
Ashley Mills
Jessica Naudziunas
Eileen O'Donnell
Orion Pahl
Jeff Perlman
Katie Prentiss
Joe Riina-Ferrie
Hannah Roodman
Ben Schamisso
Ayesha Siddiqi
Alex Skalomenos
Natalie Stone
Eve Studnicka
Isabella Szabolcs
Will Thwaites
Stanzi Vaubel
Julian Walker
Cassie Wierenga
Justin Williams
Wei Ying
Kristen Zelenka

Dinesh Sabu

Director/Producer, Written By, Cinematography

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.

R. Patrick Lile

Co-Producer, Sound Recording

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.

Ian Kibbe

Cinematography

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.

Joshua Abrams

music by

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams has recorded seven albums as a leader and collaborated on over a hundred recordings. The New York Times describes his record, Represencing as "music that hints at the ceremonial without losing its modern bearings". In addition to The Trials of Muhammad Ali, he has composed soundtracks for The Interrupters and short film A Place Called Pluto. He is currently working on the music for the Kartemquin’s upcoming releases Almost There and Life Itself.

Gordon Quinn

Executive Producer, Consulting Editor

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. 

Betsy Steinberg

Executive Producer, Executive Director, Kartemquin Films

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.

Justine Nagan

Executive Producer

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.

Max Asaf

Outreach Coordinator, Data and Administrative Coordinator, Kartemquin Intern

Max joined Kartemquin as the Administrative and Data Coordinator in the fall of 2016, after spending the summer of 2016 in the internship program. Max’s duties include assisting our artistic director, Gordon Quinn, in managing his schedule, promoting his and Kartemquin’s media advocacy efforts, and generally coordinating his day-to-day activities. Max also supports our development director, Joanna Lakatos, by managing our databases, processing gift entry, and coordinating fundraising functions.

Nora Gully

Consulting Editor

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.

Hillary Bachelder

Additional Editing, Kartemquin Intern

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.

Ryan Gleeson

Post Production Manager

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.

Eugene Kobayashi

Post Production Assistant

Eugene is a Post Production Assistant. He works on various aspects in the finishing of a film. His responsibilities include media management, online editing, and creating exports for festivals and distributors. Eugene is a former intern at Kartemquin and worked extensively on the show In the Game. Before joining Kartemquin, Eugene worked in the environmental field. Seeing a need to communicate environmental issues visually, he got hooked on documentaries and filmmaking. Eugene was born in Kyoto, and raised in Manila and New Orleans. He has a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago.

Pedro Urgiles

Finance Manager

Pedro is the Finance Manager at Kartemquin Films. He assists the Director of Finance & Operations in planning and organizing the activities of day-to-day accounting functions. His responsibilities include overseeing accounts payable, accounts receivable, monthly intercompany processes, and payroll. His interest in documentary films stems from watching Spellbound at a young age as he prepared for a citywide spelling bee. Among his favorite documentaries are Man on Wire and Kartemquin’s own, The New Americans. He is enthusiastic about being part of the Kartemquin community and looks forward to continue learning the financial and creative processes of documentary filmmaking.

Tim Horsburgh

Director of Communications and Distribution

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.

Emily Strong

Community Engagement and Programs Manager

Emily Strong is committed to sharing and supporting authentic and inspiring stories from diverse perspectives that stimulate conversation, unite people, and express humanity. She is grateful to have the opportunity to do this every day running the Internship, KTQ Labs, and Diverse Voices in Documentary programs at Kartemquin, cultivating and producing over 42 filmmakers each year. She is currently producing an independent documentary, Keep Moving Forward, about a veteran who uses Disney to find peace from his memories of the war.

Jim Morrissette

Technical Director

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.

Nancy McDonald

Production Manager

Nancy first joined the documentary community as an intern of filmmaker Xan Aranda and assisted on her film Andrew Bird: Fever Year. She then worked for several years as Production Coordinator on an educational children's television show, Green Screen Adventures. Her roles there included costume design/styling for which she was nominated for a National Daytime Emmy. Nancy is currently the Production Manager at Kartemquin Films -- a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. She joined the Kartemquin family in 2014 and has since worn a variety of hats there - from development/administrative work to post production/archive management.

Carlos Cova

Post Production Associate

A recent graduate from the Northwestern University's Documentary Media MFA, Carlos joins Kartemquin seeking to take part in socially relevant and impactful filmmaking. In the summer of 2015, Carlos was an intern at Kartemquin, helping in different tasks for the communications and outreach of films like Raising Bertie, Almost There and In the Game. Before moving to Chicago in 2014, Carlos worked as an Editor and Post Production coordinator in his native Venezuela for 6 years. He assisted Brazilian editor Isabela Monteiro de Castro in the highly awarded Venezuelan film Desde Allá (From Afar), winner of the Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

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.  

Rachel Dickson

Kartemquin Staff, Kartemquin Intern

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.

Yvonne Afable

Kartemquin Staff

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.

Justin Williams

Kartemquin Intern

Justin Williams has worked as a communications and arts management professional to enhance the outreach and impact of theaters, businesses, and individuals. He has been affiliated with Kartemquin beginning in 2014 – first as an intern then as an Associate Producer. He is glad to return to Kartemquin in the role of Diverse Voices in Docs coordinator as the company further commits and invests in documentaries produced by filmmakers of color.