Liz Kaar

Liz Kaar is an independent filmmaker and editor based in Chicago. She has worked closely with Chicago's documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films for the last decade, and most recently co-directed and edited Hard Earned, the company's six-part series about people living on low wages across the US, airing on Al Jazeera America. The series won a prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Journalism Award in 2016 and was nominated for an IDA award. She is currently directing, producing, shooting and editing Stranded by the State, a web series and TV miniseries, about the human cost of the almost two-year Illinois budget impasse, the longest a state has gone without a budget since the Great Depression.

In the past, she edited and associate-produced the music documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year, festival-favorite On Beauty, and was lead editor for the web series Veterans Coming Home. She also edited Kartemquin's Typeface and In the Game. Liz was Director of Post-Production at Kartemquin Films from 2008-2012, managing the department and ushering in the brave new workflow of card-based media. Liz has also produced and directed non-profit videos for such organizations as the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Newberry Library. Fluent in Spanish, she tries to work in the language as much as possible. Her next project will be completing her film Threads about women engaged in a fair trade business together, connecting the mountainside communities of Guatemala to downtown Chicago.

Films by Liz Kaar

'63 Boycott 2017
Stranded by the State 2016
Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Unbroken Glass 2016
Kartemquin Staff
Hard Earned 2015
Series Editors / Co-Directors
In the Game 2015
On Beauty 2014
The Homestretch 2014
thank you
American Arab 2013
Director of Post-Production at Kartemquin
A Good Man 2011
Assistant Editors, Production Support for Kartemquin Films
The Interrupters 2011
Technical Consultant
No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson 2010
Assistant Editor / Post Production Supervisor
Typeface 2009
In the Family 2008
Assistant Editor
At the Death House Door 2008
Kartemquin Staff
Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita 2007
Post Production Assistant