Director/Producers
Anne de Mare
Kirsten Kelly
Executive Producers
Gordon Quinn
Justine Nagan
Andrew Schwertfeger
Writers
Anne de Mare
Kirsten Kelly
Leslie Simmer
Editor
Leslie Simmer
music by
Greg Kalember
Camera
Anne de Mare
Kirsten Kelly
Sound
Derek Hanson
John Mathie
Zak Piper
Rich Pooler
sound design and mix
Mike Frank
titles and graphics
Dizzy Giant
designer
Dan Sharkey
color
Jim Morrissette
Co-Producer
Katie Taber
Associate Producers
Jennifer Greenfield
Tristan Hanson
Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
Mary Jan Pories
William Thwaites
original music produced and recorded by
Greg Kalember
Sonic Highway Music & Sound
sound design & re-recording mixer
Mike Frank
Final Frame
assistant sound effects mixer
Gaelan Mullins
additional camera
Dinesh Sabu
Sammy Vega
Keith Walker
Tony Williams
production assistants
Bea Bosco
Matt Hawkins
Joel Moritz
Technical Advisor
Jim Morrissette
technical consultants
Nora Gully
Ryan Gleeson
additional post production
Matt Lauterbach
mastering
Final Frame
Assistant Editors
Hillary Bachelder
Philipp Batta
Lauren Callaghan
Brian Gersten
Ryan Gleeson
research
Ani Mercedes
additional graphics
Kristen Zelenka
Transcription
Madeline Field
Rachel Glass
Haley Rose Martin
Thomas Mathew
Aniluz Mercedes
Julianna Nunez
Rachel Rozycki
Kristen Zelenka
Translation
Rachel Dickson
advisors
Kate Amend
Carol Dysinger
Tom Haneke
Victor Livingston
Robb Moss
Jean Tsien
Assistant Editor
Carlos Rojas
Kartemquin Films Director of Communications & Distribution
Tim Horsburgh
impact producer
Erin Sorenson, Third Stage Consulting
grant writing
Bea Bosco
Chicago outreach coordinator
Dawn Dewald
Kartemquin Finance
Suzanne Niemoth
Yvonne Afable
Maria Galent
Christine McAlonan
Alex Stein
additional Kartemquin Films staff
Ian Kibbe
Tamara Fouche
Alison Hanold
Matt Lauterbach
Beckie Stocchetti
Fair use consultant
Peter Jaszi
Spargel Productions Accountant
Jerry Adler
Kartemquin Films Interns
Rosa Gaia Saunders
Julian Walker
Matt Sezer
Ryan Buckley
David Granskog
Ben Schamisso
Kofi Ofosu Yeboah
Rachel Dickson
Reid Compton
Andrea Blake
Nushmia Khan
Dain Evans
Natalie Stone
Alexander Skalomenos
Cody Wallace
Spenser Gabin
Tracy Ko
Alex Cox
Stacy Moon
Marriah Kern
Arpita Aneja
Kazuko Golden
Stephanie Sunata
Bucher Almzain
Rondell Merrill
Eugene Kobayashi
Justin Williams
Brooklyn Demme
A Very Special Thanks to
Kathy Im
Alex Kotlowitz
Cara Mertes
Lauren Pabst
Maryanne Philbin
Debbie Resnick
Elspeth Revere
Kat White
Thanks to
Sundance Institute Documentary Project
Kristin Feeley
John Cardellino
Rahdi Taylor
Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs
Chicken & Egg Pictures
Julie Parker Benello
Wendy Ettinger
Judith Helfand
BritDocs
Jess Search
Beadie Finzi
Sandi DuBowski
Elise McCave
Stephanie Little
Tricia Finneran
GoodPitch Chicago
Danny Alpert
Steve Cohen
Paula Froele
John Murray
Justine Nagan
Erin Sorenson
Naomi Walker
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The CPS Shakespeare Program
Marilyn Halperin
Criss Henderson
E. Brooke Flanagan
for Hamlet
Music & Sound Design
Lindsay Jones & James Savage
Fight Choreographer
Matt Hawkins
Lighting Design
Joel Moritz
Costume Design
Robert Kuhn
Chicago Public Schools Students in Temporary Living Situations Program
Amber Damerow
Tabitha Koylass
Tremel Daniel
Southside Coordinator
Marcellus Summers
Chicago HOPES
Patricia Rivera
Luis Valadez
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Beth Cunningham
The Night Ministry
Paul Hamann
Tedd Peso
Teen Living Programs
Jeri Linas
Mary Coy
Betty Bogg
Year Up Chicago
Alan Anderson
Renu Beniwal
La Casa Norte
Sol A. Flores
national advocacy partners
The National Network For Youth
Darla Bardine
The National Association For The Education of Homeless Children & Youth
Babara Duffield
The True Colors Fund Forty To None Project
Jama Shelton
our heartfelt thanks to
Jenny Avery
Bea Bosco
Amy Carle
Michael Fosberg
Marilyn Halperin
Jack Lawhon
Jonathan Lester
Joel Moritz
Sandra Shimon
Chris Smith
John Stovkis
thank you
Tracy Baim
Pastor Laila Beukema
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Cornerstone Community Outreach
Scott Duff
Maria Finitzio
First Slice
Jon Hornbacher
Cheryl Hughes
Juanita Irizarry
Steve James
Liz Kaar
Lake View Lutheran Church
Liz Lefkofsky
Peter Lekousis
Lena Washington Shelter
James Lewis
Brad Lichtenstein
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
Richard O’Connell
One Heart One Soul
Heather Parish
John Pfeiffer
Rush Medical Center
Dan Rybicky
Bryan Samuels
David E. Simpson
Ines Sommer
Nia Tavoularis
Anne Teicher
Mireya Trejo
Lois Voissen
Aaron Wickenden
at TLP’s Belfort House
Alexis Allegra
Dr. Ozella Barnes
Will Bulka
Kalvin Fortenberry
Britt Hodgdon
Rebecca Hofrichter
Chalise Jackson
Jessica Johnson
Temeka Logan
Anthony Williams
and Miss Roxie
at Prosser Career Academy
Natalie Fields
Ken Hunter
Pat Scott
Sandra Shimon
at Percy Julian High School
Vernell “Coach P” Pondexter
at Year Up Chicago
Jared Deane
Daniel Wernig
Holly Zann
at La Casa Norte
Tennielle Ellis
at The Crib & Night Ministry Van
Jake Bradley
Menachem Cohen
Billy Dee
LaShante Griffin
Erik Koepnick
William Kyle
Nate Metrick
Aram Mitchell
Darrian Mitchell
Clifton Mohomes
Allen Ratliff
Jen Rude
Jakob VanLammeren
& Nomi Williams
to name only a few!
And to all the amazing courageous young people we met along the way
Jasmine Banks
Veneta Boyd
Jana Brown
Jason Curtis
Sharenna Green
Sean Gallagher
Trianna Hampton
Shaquille Hood
Jeremiah Jenkins
Verlia Jones
Rubi Joyal
Adam Muhammad
AJ. Northington
Gabriel Rivera
And to
Alyssa
Candace
Crystal
Deadpool
Drizzy
Estaban
Joey
John
Mikey
Reckless
Stormy
and all the kids at The Crib
and most of all to
Roque Sanchez
Angeline “Kasey” White
Anthony Lynch
and
Maria Rivera
funding provided by
MacArthur Foundation
ITVS/Independent Lens
Sundance Institute Documentary
Chicken & Egg Pictures
additional funding provided by
The Chicago Community Trust
Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Pierce Family Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
Baskin Family Foundation
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Vicki & Bruce Heyman Fund
Roger & Chaz Ebert Foundation
Michael Reese Health Trust
Mullen Family Foundation
The Woods Fund
individual donors
Graham Allan
Mark Anderson
MacLeod Andrews
Frank Ballantine
David Bank
Tim Barker
Keith Bell
Jessica Bennett
Jason Bobier
Carmine Bocuzzi
Joseph & Sara Bosco
Barb Bolsen
Rick Boynton
Jake Bradley
brooklyn-real, inc.
David Callahan
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Adam Coker
Keith Clark
Joanne Cloonan
Elizabeth Cooper
C. Tennyson Crowe
Denny Cummings
Alice Dalton Brown
Peggy DeBell
William Bil Donovan
Meagan Downey
Laura Eason
Sally Eberhardt
Susanna Einstein
Jan Elsbach
Janet Reich Elsbach
Kimberly Feigin
Katie Felts
Ellen Fox
Debra Freeberg
Debbie & Sidney Frisch
Jennifer Gentry
Stephanie W Guest
Shem Guibbory
Lex & Helen Haris
Sharon Hite
Esther R. Horne
Scott Jacobs
Pete & Darlene Kelly
David & Sandy Kollmorgen
Candice Korkis
Jenny Laird
Jack Lawhon
The Little Family
Christine & Tom Loughlin
Christie Marchese
Charlie McBride
Melinda McMullen
Kenneth Michaud
Gina Minski
Norman & Lois Moritz
Rich & Ka Nelson
Joanne Nemerovsky
Nina
Theodore Peso
Caroline Philpott
William Pietri
Yvette & Deborah Pollack
Sarah Price
Kim G. Raisler
Joseph Reich
Patricia Rivera
Russ Rosensweig
Matt & Sarah Sahr
Darrin Shillair
Adam D. Singer
Carol Stanzione
Dhera Strauss
James Strober
Jillian Sullivan
Diana Takata
Julie Tato
Sheila Tennyson
The Stokvis Family
Heidi Theis Bohlmann
Jack Thompson
Rick Treur
True Walker Productions
Christy Uchida
Naomi Walker
Stan & Andrea Washburn
Anne Washburn
Alice Weintraub
Katy Welter
Sandy Whitley
Naomi Wolfensohn
B. Christopher Wood
Richard Woodruff
Eric Yew
Nancy York
Bobbi Zabel
&
an anonymous donor

Anne de Mare

Director/Producers, Writers, Camera

Anne de Mare
 is an award-winning playwright, director, professional video artist, and filmmaker. She completed her first documentary feature, Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, which broadcast regionally on PBS in 2009, in collaboration with Kirsten Kelly, her partner at Spargel Productions. Anne’s original plays have been presented in Chicago, London and New York, where she was a five-year resident artist with Richard Foreman’s legendary Ontological-Hysteric Theater. She is a founding member of The Independent Theater Company, The Nevermore Theater Project and Theaters Against War. Her video work has been seen on stage at Lincoln Center and at The Park Avenue Armory, and she is currently working with Innovative Music Programs to develop the film component of Accidental Heroes, a multi-media performance work based on the lives of eastern and western European artists coming of age during the Cold War.

Kirsten Kelly

Director/Producers, Writers, Camera

Kirsten Kelly (Director/Producer) 
is an award-winning documentary film and theater director who lives in Brooklyn. She and filmmaker Anne de Mare founded Spargel Productions in 2002, which is currently in development for The Girl With The Rivet Gun, an animated new media documentary project on Rosie the Riveter. Her short film work has been seen at Juilliard and Lincoln Center. Kirsten is a two-time Helen Hayes nominated best director and has directed award-winning theater productions in Chicago, Washington DC and off-broadway in New York. She is also an arts educator and is the director and co-creator of “CPS Shakespeare,” which was featured on NBC Nightly News in 2010, a highly-acclaimed program that works with Chicago Public H. S. students at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. She is a graduate of Juilliard’s Master Directing program where she received the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship and is a member of Rising Phoenix Repertory in New York.

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. 

Justine Nagan

Executive Producers, GoodPitch Chicago

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.

Zak Piper

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

color, 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.

Tristan Hanson

Associate Producers

Tristan Hanson is a documentary director, producer and grant-writer. With Kartemquin Films she’s currently Co-Producer on Almost There and American Arab (2013). Previously she’s worked as Associate Producer for On Beauty and The Homestretch. Alongside her work at Kartemquin she’s passionate about bringing non-profit stories to life as a staff producer at See3 Communications. Her current documentary, Blueprint for Bronzeville, is supported by Fire This Time Fund and Puffin Foundation.

Dinesh Sabu

additional camera

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.

Keith Walker

additional camera

Keith, co-owner and director of photography for Media Process Group, has shot hundreds of broadcast segments for shows like 60-minutes, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Dateline, and HBO Real Sports, as well as numerous award-winning documentaries for PBS, NBC and CBS. He also shot many corporate marketing and educational projects for clients like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Gates Foundation, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Starbucks.

Nora Gully

technical consultants

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.

Ryan Gleeson

technical consultants, Assistant Editors

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.

Hillary Bachelder

Assistant Editors

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.

Rachel Dickson

Translation, Kartemquin Films 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.

Tim Horsburgh

Kartemquin Films Director of Communications & 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.

Suzanne Niemoth

Kartemquin Finance

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.

Yvonne Afable

Kartemquin Finance

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.

Ian Kibbe

additional Kartemquin Films 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 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.

Eugene Kobayashi

Kartemquin Films 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.

Justin Williams

Kartemquin Films 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.

Alex Kotlowitz

A Very Special Thanks to

Alex Kotlowitz is perhaps best known for the bestselling There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. The book, which was published in 1991 and has since sold over half-a-million copies, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Helen B. Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Carl Sandburg Award and a Christopher Award. The New York Public Library selected There Are No Children Here as one of the 150 most important books of the century. In the fall of 1993, it was adapted for television as an ABC Movie-of-the-Week starring Oprah Winfrey.

Elspeth Revere

A Very Special Thanks to

Elspeth Revere is Vice President of Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is currently on sabbatical, prior to leaving the Foundation at the end of 2015. Her responsibilities at the MacArthur Foundation have included support for journalism and media in a technologically changing environment, the arts in Chicago, the MacArthur Awards for Creative and Effective Institutions, Discovery grants, and a changing set of special initiatives – most recently on strengthening American democracy. In her many years at the Foundation, Ms. Revere designed and implemented grantmaking initiatives on topics ranging from human rights to copyright to community service for young adults. She also served on the MacArthur Foundation’s senior leadership group.

Judith Helfand

Chicken & Egg Pictures

Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take the dark and cynical worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behavior and environmental injustice and them personal, resonant, and even entertaining. Her award-winning films, three of which had world premieres at Sundance, were all nationally broadcast on PBS, HBO, and The Sundance Channel and were linked to rigorous engagement. They include: The Uprising of ’34 (co-directed with veteran George Stoney), Blue Vinyl, and Everything’s Cool (co-directed with Daniel B. Gold), and the Peabody Award-winning A Healthy Baby Girl. An educated and committed field-builder, Judith also co-founded Working Films. She is currently in post-production on Cooked, a feature documentary about extreme heat, the politics of disaster, and survival by zip code. She serves on the board of Great Small Works and The Lower East Side Girls Club.

Danny Alpert

GoodPitch Chicago

Danny Alpert is an award-winning producer, director, and leader in using media for change. As Executive Director of Kindling Group, his documentaries (@home, The Calling, Do No Harm, A Doula Story) have aired on HBO, PBS, and around the world, sparking engagement campaigns with enduring impact. As co-founder of See3 Communications, Alpert’s online media and campaigns for social causes have advanced the work of organizations like UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund, Planned Parenthood, American Cancer Society, and the Kellogg Foundation. The cross-pollination of Danny’s documentary and interactive work fuels innovation and his belief in the power media as a tool for change. He is a co-producer on The School Project.

Steve James

thank you

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.

Liz Kaar

thank you

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.  

Brad Lichtenstein

thank you

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.

Dan Rybicky

thank you

Dan Rybicky is an artist and teacher whose photographs, installations, and plays have been seen in venues in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. After receiving his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dan began working with and consulting in various production capacities for filmmakers Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, and John Leguizamo. Dan is currently an Associate Professor in Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago where he designs and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. He is the co-director of Almost There.

David E. Simpson

thank you

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.

Ines Sommer

thank you

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.

Aaron Wickenden

thank you

Aaron Wickenden is a multiple Emmy and ACE Eddie nominated editor with extensive professional experience in many aspects of the independent filmmaking process. He is regarded for bringing a tireless work ethic and playful spirit to each of his creative collaborations... including the Oscar nominated film Finding Vivian Maier. Most recently he was recruited by Oscar winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) and acclaimed author Robert Gordon (Respect Yourself) to edit their film Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere in competition at Sundance 2015 and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures/Participant for theatrical release world wide in 2015.