Series Producer
Maggie Bowman
Series Editors / Co-Directors
Liz Kaar
David E. Simpson
Jose & Elizabeth Story Director
Katy Chevigny
DJ & Takita Story Director
Maria Finitzo
Emilia Story Director
Ruth Leitman
Percy & Beverly Story Director
Brad Lichtenstein
Hilton & Diana Story Director
Joanna Rudnick
Executive Producers
Steve James
Justine Nagan
Gordon Quinn
Co-Producers
Mary Morrissette
Elizabeth Stanton
Associate Editor / Post Production Supervisor
Hillary Bachelder
Original Music
Norman Arnold
Opening Song
Aloe Blacc
Narrator
Elizabeth Laidlaw
Titles & Graphics
Mode Project
Cinematography
Vicente Franco
Dana Kupper
Mike Seely
Adam Singer
Ines Sommer
Keith Walker
Brett Wiley
additional camera
Gregory Bishop
Andy Black
Yoni Brook
Ryan Buckley
Margaret Byrne
Rachel Dickson
Derek Grace
Damon Hennessey
Ian Kibbe
Brandon Kramer
Brad Lichtenstein
Jose Merino
Charlene Music
Darryl Parham
Stan Staniski
Michael Wilson
Location Sound
Brian Buckley
Andre Dahlman
Sharon Frye
Anton Herbert
John Mathie
Lauretta Molitor
Rich Pooler
Patrick Tillmann
Additional Sound
Greg Breazeale
Alan Chow
Ray Day
Jacob Fatke
Paul Flinton
Derek Hanson
Zak Piper
Mark Power
Ted Roth
Paul Rusnak
Phil Turner
Matt Vogel
Field Associate Producers
Erika Brekke
Rachel Dickson
John Fecile
Morgan Johnson
Lance Kramer
Field Translators
Sheree Escoto
Sandy Juarez
Erika Retana-Ortiz
Javi Ventura
production assistants
Ryan Buckley
Ja’anai Delaney
Tamara Fouche
Carley Mostar
Nick Price
Jennifer Quintana
Erika Retana-Ortiz
Rachel Rozycki
Mary Scherer
John Tait
Technical Supervisor / Colorist
Jim Morrissette
Online Editor
Karen Weinberg
NARRATION RECORDING
Victor Sanders
Assistant Editors
Holly L. De Ruyter
Karen Weinberg
Sound Mix
Mark Bandy
Post-Production Consultant
Charlie Langrall
Post-Production Assistants
Alan Callaghan
David DeJong
Jeff Perlman
Online Post Assistant
Alanna Schmelter
Opening Sequence Design
Kathleen Chee
Opening Sequence Photography
Morrigan McCarthy
Archival Research
Emily Hart
Additional Research
Heather Courtney
Anelisa Garfunkel
Transcription
Josephine Ferorelli
Final Draft Business Support Services
Hans Glick
Biliana Grozdanova
Marina Grozdanova
Eugene Kobayashi
Additional Design
Britta Hernalsteen
Jihad Lahham
Rose Rutzen
Additional Graphics Compositing
Jenna Caravello
Peter DiCamillo
Post-Production Translation
Biliana Grozdanova
Argelia Morales
Expert Advisors
Marc Doussard, University of Illinois
Andrew Greenlee, University of Illinois
Anne Ladky, Women Employed
Rachel Schneider, Center for Financial Services Innovation
Legal
Holland & Knight LLP
Fair use consultant
Peter Jaszi
Kartemquin Finance & Operations Director
Suzanne Niemoth
Kartemquin Bookkeeping
Marriah Kern
Alex Stein
Will Thwaites
Kartemquin Films Staff
Eleanor Bryan
Tamara Fouche
Ryan Gleeson
Nora Gully
Alison Hanold
Tim Horsburgh
Eugene Kobayashi
Matt Lauterbach
Nancy McDonald
Leslie Simmer
Beckie Stocchetti
Kartemquin Interns
Bucher Almzain
Arpita Aneja
Brent Bandemer
Clancy Calkins
Alexandra Cox
Rubin Daniels, Jr.
Brooklyn Demme
Evan Dolan
Hans Glick
Kazuko Golden
Martine Granby
Kevin Hammontree
Marriah Kern
Eugene Kobayashi
Rondell Merrill
Stacy Moon
Jessica Naudziunas
Eileen O'Donnell
Nehemiah Stark
Emily Strong
Stephanie Sunata
Daria Taylor
Will Thwaites
Justin Williams
For Al Jazeera America
Series Producer: Cynthia Kane
Documentary Unit: Diana El-Osta, Ashley Kenny, David Lawrence Johnson
Executive Producer: Carrie Lozano
SVP, Programs and Documentary: Shannon High-Bassalik
President, Al Jazeera America: Kate O'Brian

Maggie Bowman

Series Producer

Maggie Bowman is a documentary film producer and director. She was the Series Producer for Kartemquin’s Hard Earned, a 6-part series about American families working low-wage jobs. Hard Earned won the Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University in 2016, following national and international broadcasts on Al Jazeera. In August, 2016, Bowman began a year-long stint as a Fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.

Liz Kaar

Series Editors / Co-Directors

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.  

David E. Simpson

Series Editors / Co-Directors

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.

Katy Chevigny

Jose & Elizabeth Story Director

Katy Chevigny is an award-winning filmmaker and partner at Big Mouth Productions. She has produced a dozen feature-length documentaries as well as short form films, videos and webisodes for nonprofit and corporate clients. Her documentaries include Election Day (2007), which premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, with a PBS broadcast in 2008. With Kirsten Johnson, she co-directed Deadline, an investigation into Illinois Governor George Ryan’s commutation of death sentences. After premiering at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Deadline was broadcast on NBC; nominated for an Emmy; and won the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award. Katy is also a vocal public advocate for fair use of copyrighted material in documentaries.

Maria Finitzo

DJ & Takita Story Director

Maria Finitzo is a two-time Peabody award winning social-issue documentary filmmaker. She has been producing and directing documentary films for network television, public broadcasting, cable TV and the Internet for more than 25 years. Her body of work has been honored by every major broadcast award granted to documentary films. Ms. Finitzo’s films demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise, tackling a wide variety of subjects including the controversial science of stem cell research, the command and control of nuclear weapons on an international level, and the complex psychology of adolescent girls.

Ruth Leitman

Emilia Story Director

Through her company Ruthless Films, Ruth Leitman has directed six feature length documentaries. Her Southern Gothic film Alma (1998) won the Documentary Feature Jury Prize at Hamptons Film Festival, screened at IDFA, 3 SWSW, DGA and Whitney Biennial. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs, her film Lipstick & Dynamite (2005) won the Documentary Storytelling Prize at Nantucket Film Festival; was released theatrically; and was broadcast on SHOWTIME. Lipstick was featured on Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and NPR’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Leitman wrote Fordson, which has garnered numerous festival awards. Most recently, Tony & Janina’s American Wedding (2010), an immigration story, premiered at Chicago International Film Festival winning a Jury Prize.

Brad Lichtenstein

Percy & Beverly Story Director, additional camera

Brad Lichtenstein is an award-winning filmmaker and the president of 371 Productions. He has been working in documentary production since 1992. His latest film, As Goes Janesville, is a documentary about how a town tries to reinvent itself amid the loss of their century-old GM plant and Wisconsin’s civil war over unions. It premiered on the PBS series Independent Lens in October of 2012 and aired again on Feb. 4th, 2013. The film’s storyline about corporate transparency inspired him to create “BizVizz“, a corporate accountability app and website that gives you instant access to companies’ tax, campaign finance and government subsidy records.

Joanna Rudnick

Hilton & Diana Story Director

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.

Steve James

Executive Producers

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.

Justine Nagan

Executive Producers

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.

Gordon Quinn

Executive Producers

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. 

Mary Morrissette

Co-Producers

Mary Morrissette is a Chicago-based producer who, most recently, was the Producer for In the Game, a Kartemquin film following a high school soccer coach teaching girls about winning in life and the determination of three Hispanic girls in their quest for a higher education (2015). Previously Mary was Associate Producer for The Trials of Muhammad Ali, another Kartemquin film that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival (2013) and was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens (2014). Mary was also Associate Producer for Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City that was broadcast nationally on PBS in 2010 with two major outdoor public premieres—on the National Mall in Washington DC and in Millennium Park in Chicago.

Elizabeth Stanton

Co-Producers

Elizabeth Stanton is a journalist who works in the fields of print, documentary, and multimedia journalism. Her written work has appeared in the New York Times, the Tico Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Chicago Tribune. She has worked on production projects throughout the U.S. and Central/South America for various outlets, including PBS, the History Channel, and the U.S. State Department. She recently produced a short film about the minimum wage with director Steve James as part of the We the Economy film series. She is also the founder of the Through Her Eyes Project, a multimedia project comprised of large scale photographs and short form videos that capture and showcase the stories of girls and women in the developing world who play sports.

Hillary Bachelder

Associate Editor / Post Production Supervisor

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.

Norman Arnold

Original Music

Norman Arnold has composed and produced music for some of the highest-rated programs on television. He has also created music and themes for several award-winning documentary films that address our Nation’s most important issues including: The War Tapes; Ask Not; The New Americans; Beyond Conception; and Big Joy. Television programs include The Ellen DeGeneres Show; Anderson Cooper Live; CNN New Day; The Bachelor; National Geographic Presents; and Modern Marvels. Norman has created music for 6 Warner Bros., Disney, ABC, NBC Universal, CNN, Turner, PBS, The Discovery Channel and National Geographic network with subjects ranging from immigration, the Iraq War, low-income workers and the Fight for 15 to increase the minimum wage, the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, and LGBT issues.

Aloe Blacc

Opening Song

With “Wake Me Up”—the 2013 mega-hit he sang and co-wrote with Swedish DJ Avicii that reached #1 in 102 countries across the globe—Aloe Blacc proved himself as a singer/songwriter with an irresistible power to capture the complexities of human emotion. Nominated for a 2015 Grammy for Best R&B Album, Blacc’s third solo album “Lift Your Spirit” pushes the rapper-turned-singer further into a folk/soul/pop fusion that is both joyful and eye-opening in message. One of the artist’s main ambitions is to use his surging popularity to affect social change while continuing to infuse his music with mindful positivity. He was nominated for the 2015 NAACP Image Awards for both Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Song for “The Man”.

Elizabeth Laidlaw

Narrator

Elizabeth Laidlaw has been a professional stage, film and voice actor in Chicago and regionally for over 20 years. Onstage she appeared this past autumn as The Pilot in George Brant’s Grounded, and recently finished shooting the feature film Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, due for release this spring. Theatre credits include work with Chicago Shakespeare, Writer’s Theatre, Court Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Irish Classical Theatre, Congo Square, The Next Theatre, The Goodman, About Face, Steppenwolf, Lifeline, Famous Door, Pegasus Players, The Journeymen, Running With Scissors and Strawdog Theatre. Regional theatre includes Indiana Repertory Theatre, American 7 Repertory Theatre and the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Feature films include Into the Wake, Eastern College, and Dimension. Television work includes “The Chicago Code”, “Boss”, “Betrayal”, “Crisis”, and “Chicago PD”.

Adam Singer

Cinematography

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.

Ines Sommer

Cinematography

Ines Sommer is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker, who frequently collaborates with other filmmakers as a cinematographer. Ines' camera work has been featured in several productions for Chicago's legendary Kartemquin Films, including Maria Finitzo's Peabody Award-winning Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita and Joanna Rudnick's Emmy-nominated In the Family. She shot on two PBS Frontline programs directed by Marian Marzynski and a number of Kindling Group documentaries: A Doula Story: On the Frontlines of Teen Pregnancy, "The Calling" , and the forthcoming @home. Other recent credits include Mary Fishman's A Band of Sisters, Ethan Bensinger's Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home, and Pamela Sherrod Anderson's award-winning The Curators of Dixon School, which Ines shot and co-produced.

Keith Walker

Cinematography

Keith Walker has shot many award-winning documentaries including Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, Head Games and No Crossover: The Trials of Allen Iverson (for Steve James), Forgiving Dr. Mengele and Catching Hell (for Alex Gibney). He won a National Emmy for his work on a CBS’ 60 Minutes piece in 2009. He is director of photography on The Schools Project.

Margaret Byrne

additional camera

Margaret Byrne received her BFA in film at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. Margaret was a Creative Director at Universal Music and directed live concerts and music videos for artists such as Jay-Z and Mary J Blige. She produced and edited the television series that launched MTV across Africa in 2005 and directed a host of music videos for emerging African artists. She was a cinematographer and an editor for American Promise (2013), a thirteen-year feature film following the education of two African American boys from New York City. The film won the 2013 Sundance Special Jury Prize and 2013 Full Frame Documentary Jury Award.

Rachel Dickson

additional camera, Field Associate Producers

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.

Ian Kibbe

additional camera

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.

Zak Piper

Additional Sound

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.

Jim Morrissette

Technical Supervisor / Colorist

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.

Emily Hart

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.

Eugene Kobayashi

Transcription, Kartemquin Films Staff, Kartemquin Interns

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.

Suzanne Niemoth

Kartemquin Finance & Operations Director

Suzanne, the Vice President of Finance & Operations at Kartemquin, is a non-profit finance, operations and accounting expert dedicated to building stronger non-profit organizations through better fiscal management and organizational efficiency. Suzanne has a decade of professional experience focused on strengthening the internal capacity of charitable organizations. She believes that navigating the financial challenges unique to non-profits requires a high level of financial accountability, transparency, and integrity. In her role at Kartemquin, Suzanne is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial management, general operations, human resources, compliance, information technology, legal affairs and risk management.

Ryan Gleeson

Kartemquin Films Staff

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.

Nora Gully

Kartemquin Films Staff

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.

Tim Horsburgh

Kartemquin Films Staff

Tim Horsburgh is Kartemquin’s Director of Communications and Distribution. Since 2009, he has driven marketing, public relations and social media for Kartemquin and all their films. In March 2014 he began overseeing Kartemquin's distribution. He is also responsible for assessing and managing potential new Kartemquin documentary projects.

Nancy McDonald

Kartemquin Films Staff

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.

Beckie Stocchetti

Kartemquin Films Staff

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.

Emily Strong

Kartemquin Interns

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.

Justin Williams

Kartemquin Interns

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.