Executive Producers
Jim Benson
Paulette Douglas
Steve Whisnant
Sports Illustrated
World T.E.A.M. Sports
Producers
Jerry Blumenthal
Peter Gilbert
Gordon Quinn
Kartemquin Films
Long Shot Films
Co-Producer
Adam Singer
Directors
Jerry Blumenthal
Peter Gilbert
Gordon Quinn
Narrator
Joe Mantegna
Directors of Photography
Peter Gilbert
Gordon Quinn
Tran Le Tien
Editors
David E. Simpson
Jan Sutcliff
Sharon Karp
Bob Schneiger
Additional Editors
Leslie Simmer
Frederick Steim
Music
Ben Sidran
Technical Advisor
Jim Morrissette
Sound
Jerry Blumenthal
Jim Fetterley
Adam Singer

Jerry Blumenthal

Producers, Directors, Sound

Jerry Blumenthal, one of the founding partners of Kartemquin Films, was a director, producer, editor and sound recordist with Kartemquin from 1967 until his passing on November 13, 2014. His most recent completed work was as Editor on Kartemquin's 2010 documentary, Prisoner Of Her Past. Blumenthal's previous film, Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes (2004), co-produced with Gordon Quinn, revisited the great American artist thirteen years after the award-winning Golub (1988) and was a selection at the 2004 IDFA.

Peter Gilbert

Producers, Directors, Directors 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

Producers, Directors, Directors of Photography

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. 

Kartemquin Films

Producers

Kartemquin Films, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit, has been producing high-impact documentary films on a variety of subjects from its Chicago base since 1966. Kartemquin is a home for independent filmmakers developing documentary as a vehicle to deepen our understanding of society through everyday human drama. Kartemquin acts as a trusted bridge between communities and the media, aiming to foster the growth of passionate new filmmaking voices, and to advocate for the importance of strong local and public media. Kartemquin’s films have won prizes at festivals throughout the world and have been broadcast nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. Our best-known film, Hoop Dreams, won nearly every major critics award and journalism prize.

Adam Singer

Co-Producer, Sound

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.

David E. Simpson

Editors

David E. Simpson is an Emmy Award-winning producer, director and editor who has crafted award- winning films and television for over twenty-five years. He has worked in close association with Kartemquin Films since 1997. David’s first feature-length documentary, When Billy Broke His Head... was a groundbreaking film about disability culture that garnered major prizes at a dozen film festivals, including a jury award at Sundance and a duPont- Columbia Baton for Journalistic Excellence. David directed Refrigerator Mothers, about a generation of mothers who raised autistic children under the shadow of professionally-promoted mother-blame. The film won top honors at the Florida, Indiana, and Sedona film festivals and aired nationally on the PBS series P.O.V.

Jim Morrissette

Technical Advisor

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.