Director
Steve James
Producers
Zak Piper
Steve James
Garrett Basch
Executive Producers
Martin Scorsese
Steve Zaillian
Michael W. Ferro, Jr.
Justine Nagan
Gordon Quinn
Kat White
Mark Mitten
Editors
David E. Simpson
Steve James
Co-Producer
Emily Hart
Mark Mitten
Josh Schollmeyer
Cinematographer
Dana Kupper
Composer
Joshua Abrams
Post-Production Supervisor
Ryan Gleeson
Executive Producers,CNN Films
Vinnie Malhotra
Amy Entelis
Memoir Voice of Roger
Stephen Scranton
Archival Researcher
Emily Hart
Music Supervisor
Linda Cohen
2nd Camera
Jackson James
additional camera
Steve James
Nora Ballard
Scott DaHarb
Sam Elliot
Rich Golish
Martin Gradek
Eric Gulliver
Kimman Harmon
Nick Shamblott
Cory Solon
Gaffers
Charlie Rhomberg
Marty Rhomberg
Jesse Goldberg
Helmet R. Luchs
Mark Markley
Mike Moyer
Eric Neason
Location Sound
Zak Piper
Additional Sound
Zak Piper
Drew Levinson
Rich Pooler
Steve Rosenboom
Grip
Rick Compeau
Andre Peloquin
Producer, Boulder shoot
Paula Dupre Pesman
Supervising Producers, CNN Films
Courtney Sexton
Lizzie Kerner
Musicians
Joshua Abrams
Rashida N. Black
Ben Boye
Ari Brown
Hamid Drake
Tony Herrera
Marquis Hill
James Sanders
Joshua J. Sirotiak
Music Recorded by
Joshua Abrams, Parlor One
Neil Strauch, Soma Electronic Music Studios
Music Mixed by
John McEntire, Soma Electronic Music Studios
Motion Graphics
Dizzy Giant
Lead Designer
Dan Sharkey
designer
Jenna Caravello
High Definition Finish
Nolo Digital Film
Digital Colorist
Michael Matusek
Online Edit
Boris Seagraves
Elliot Rudmann
Producer at Nolo Digital Film
Joe Flanagan
Assistant at Nolo Digital Film
Marina Monks
AudioPostFacility
Another Country
Re-­recording Mixer
Drew Weir
Audio Post Supervisor
Tim Konn
Assistant SFX Editors
Louise Rider
Josh Hunnicutt
Mike Regan
Alison Ho
Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Kartemquin Films
Suzanne Niemoth
Chief Communications and Distribution Officer, Kartemquin Films
Tim Horsburgh
Bookkeeping, Kartemquin Films
Maria Galent
Alex Stein
Christine McAlonan
Technical Supervisor
Jim Morrissette
Assistant Editor
Ryan Gleeson
Additional Assistant Editor
Hillary Bachelder
Post-­Production Assistants
Dylan James
Lauren Callaghan
Patrick Lile
Will Thwaites
Philipp Batta
Archival Research Assistants
Rachel Rozycki
David Granskog
Transcription
Melissa Coleman
David Granskog
Biliana Grozdanova
Aniluz Mercedes
Kristen Zelenka
Legal Counsel to Kartemquin Films
Holland & Knight LLP
Robert Labate
Joi Thomas
Fair use consultant
Peter Jaszi
Distribution Advisory Services
Cinetic Media
Indiegogo Campaign Supervisor
Alex Skalomenos
PR Assistant, KatLei Productions
Kristen Allen
Additional Kartemquin Staff
Tamara Fouche
Nora Gully
Alison Hanold
Ian Kibbe
Matt Lauterbach
Leslie Simmer
Beckie Stocchetti
Cinetic Media Staff
John Sloss
Dana O’Keefe
Ross Fremer
Linzee Troubh
Steven Farneth
Pier Harrison
Kate Hurwitz
Vinay Singh
Jesse Kahn
Emily Selinger
Victor Lopez
Anna Barnes
Supervising Producer, Ebert Productions LLC
Sonia Evans
PersonalAssistanttoRogerandChazEbert
Carol Iwata
Project Manager, Ebert Company, Ltd
Daniel Jackson
production assistants
Andrew Degner
Alex Donnelley
Katie Lannigan
Carl Louis Mohr
Jacob W. Newberry
Brandon Phipps
Kristian Rivera
Virat Sharma
Kartemquin Interns
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Stacy Moon
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Ben Schamisso
Alexander Skalomenos
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Will Thwaites
Cody Wallace
Felix Ofuso Yeboah
Kristen Zelenka
Special Thanks
Ramin Bahrani
Richard Corliss
Nancy De LosSantos-­Reza
Ava DuVernay
Bruce Elliot
Raven Evans
Thea Flaum
Josh Golden
Werner Herzog
MarleneI glitzen
Rick Kogan
Donna LaPietra
John McHugh
Errol Morris
Howie Movshovitz
William Nack
Gregory Nava
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Martin Scorsese
A.O. Scott
Roger Simon
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Conference on World Affairs
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Steve James

Director, Producers, Editors, additional camera

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.

Zak Piper

Producers, Location Sound, 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.

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. 

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.

Emily Hart

Co-Producer, Archival Researcher

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.

Joshua Abrams

Composer, Musicians

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.

Ryan Gleeson

Post-Production Supervisor, Assistant Editor

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.

Suzanne Niemoth

Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Kartemquin Films

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.

Tim Horsburgh

Chief Communications and Distribution Officer, Kartemquin Films

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.

Jim Morrissette

Technical Supervisor

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.

Hillary Bachelder

Additional Assistant Editor

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.

Nora Gully

Additional Kartemquin 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.

Ian Kibbe

Additional Kartemquin Staff

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.

Beckie Stocchetti

Additional Kartemquin 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.

Rachel Dickson

Kartemquin Interns

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.

Bob Hercules

Special Thanks

Bob Hercules is an independent filmmaker and co-owner of Media Process Group. His recent films include Bill T. Jones: A Good Man (American Masters 2011, Full Frame/Silverdocs/IDFA/DOXA, 2011), Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (American Masters, 2012), Forgiving Dr. Mengele (Slamdance Special Jury Prize, 2006) and Senator Obama Goes to Africa (seen in over 100 countries in 2007-08). He is currently Executive Producer on The Schools Project.

Cynthia Kane

Special Thanks

A former commissioning editor for documentary, Cynthia helped transform the way global documentaries are seen on American television. She created DOCday on Sundance Channel in 2002, and shepherded over 150 international and U.S. co-productions for public media at ITVS. More recently, she helped launch Al Jazeera America Presents with series (including Kartemquin's Hard Earned which won a 2016 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award) and documentaries (Albert Maysles' final work, In Transit, Leon Gast's Sporting Dreams, Barbara Kopple's Shelter, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor's Daisy and Max, Michelle Shephard and Patrick Reed's Guantanamo's Child, Marc Levin's Freeway: Crack in the System, the last two recently nominated for Emmys.)

Adam Singer

Special Thanks

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.