Directed and photographed by
Steve James
Produced by
Alex Kotlowitz
Steve James
Co-Producer & Sound Recordist
Zak Piper
Edited by
Aaron Wickenden
Steve James
Original Music Composed by
Joshua Abrams
Music Supervisor
Linda Cohen
Executive Producers
Justine Nagan
Gordon Quinn
Teddy Leifer

Paul Taylor
Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer
Vice President of Programming for ITVS
Claire Aguilar
Executive Producer For Frontline
David Fanning
Frontline Executive Producer for Special Projects
Mike Sullivan
Inspired by a New York Times Magazine article by
Alex Kotlowitz
Post-Production Supervisor
Aaron Wickenden
Assistant Editor
Nora Gully
Researcher
Emily Hart
additional camera
Dana Kupper
Adam Singer
Keith Walker
Zak Piper
Mirko Popadic
Damon Hennessey
Jackson James
Additional Sound Recording
John Mathie
Rich Pooler
Pat Tillman
Alex Kotlowitz
Technical Supervisor
Jim Morrissette
Technical Consultant
Liz Kaar
Transcription
Dylan James
Joe Riina-Ferrie
Aaron McGrath
Lesley Onstott
Brittany Piper
Robby Sexton
Jennifer Wells
Translation
Shelly Hubman
Ian Kibbe
Lauren Makholm
Musicians
Joshua Abrams- Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Percussion, Drums, MPC, Piano, Wurlitzer, MS20
Jason Adasiewicz- Marimba, Vibes
David Boykin- Bass Clarinet
Nicole Mitchell- Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute
Jeff Parker- Guitar
Tomeka Reid- Cello
Original music recorded by
Joshua Abrams
Neil Strauch
Original music mixed by
Neil Strauch
High Definition Finish
Nolo Digital Film
Digital Colorist
Michael Matusek
Engineer at Nolo Digital Film
Boris Seagraves
Producer at Nolo Digital Film
Joe Flanagan
Online Edit
Boris Seagraves
Elliot Rudmann
Assistant at Nolo Digital
Elliot Rudmann
Audio Post-Production
Vagabond Audio
Re-Recording Mixer
Drew Weir
Audio Producer
Risé Sanders

Audio Post Assistants
Martine Stebbing
Steven Aguilar
David O’Brien
Titles & Graphics Facility
Dizzy Giant
Graphic Designers
Dan Sharkey
Matt Sharkey
Director of Production for ITVS
Richard O’Connell
Series Senior Producer
Raney Aronson-Rath
Frontline Series Manager
Jim Bracciale
Frontline Contracts Manager
Lisa Sullivan
Production Assistant for RISE films
John Stack
Manu Pandey
Kartemquin Communications Manager
Tim Horsburgh
Kartemquin Bookkeeping
Yvonne Afable
Mia Capodilupo
Cate Ryan
additional Kartemquin Films staff
Jacinta Banks
Elizabeth Neufeld
Leslie Simmer
Dinesh Sabu
Poster Design
Damon Locks
Poster Typesetting
Sheila Sachs
Still Photographer
Aaron Wickenden
Outreach & Civic Engagement
Sonya Childress
L. Anton Seals, Jr
Legal Council to Kartemquin Films
Holland & Knight LLP
Robert Labate
Jennifer Bjornberg
Legal Council to RISE films

Olswang LLP
Fair use consultant
Peter Jaszi
Kartemquin Interns
Ethan Barnowsky
Jessica Bradish
Ranjani Chakraborty
Kate Donalek
Michael Foley
Latoya Flowers
Nick Fraccaro
Kevin Fullam
Brett Hanover
John Kostka
Aubyn Niemi
Allison Pichert
Hannah Roodman
Ayesha Siddiqi
Philister Sidigu
Tristan Steinfeld
Emily Thomas
Shuling Yong
Stanzi Vaubel
Cassie Wierenga
Adora Wilson-Eye

Steve James

Directed and photographed by, Produced by, Edited by

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, Life Itself, and most recently the 2018 Academy Award®-nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.

Alex Kotlowitz

Produced by, Inspired by a New York Times Magazine article by, Additional Sound Recording

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.

Zak Piper

Co-Producer & Sound Recordist, additional camera

Zak is an Emmy and PGA award-winning documentary filmmaker who has made films for over 15 years. Currently, Zak is producing several feature films: Chicago Story (working title) with producer/director Steve James; Until the Lion Speaks (working title), for Concordia Studio, with co-directors Bing Liu and Joshua Altman; and Generation Food (working title), a film he is also co-directing/producing with Raj Patel and producer Rachel Wexler.

Aaron Wickenden

Edited by, Post-Production Supervisor, Still Photographer

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. In 2014 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. In a recent interview Neville describes hiring Wickenden: "Docs, in general, are made in the edit bay, archival docs even more so...

Joshua Abrams

Original Music Composed by, Original music recorded by

Joshua Abrams has composed scores for 7 feature films, 6 short films, and the themes for StoryCorps Animated Shorts. His music has appeared in Oscar-nominated and Emmy award-winning films by directors Steve James and Bill Siegel, as well as films by Aaron Wickenden, Dan Rybicky, Jamie Meltzer, Dinesh Sabu, and Simon Starling. Joshua's score for Life Itself earned him a nomination for best score of 2015 from Cinema Eye Honors. Ray Pride of New City writes, "Abrams brings nuance and grace to the smallest human moments in his bristling marvel of a score for America to Me. Abrams watches the moment; he anticipates the future, the possibility of change, the possibility of tragedy, and so many grades of emotion. His score is stealth: patient, suggestive, eager to surprise.

Justine Nagan

Executive Producers

From 2008-2015, Justine led Kartemquin Films as Executive Director as well as being an Executive Producer on each new film. She was 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 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. 

Nora Gully

Assistant Editor

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.

Emily Hart

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.

Adam Singer

additional camera

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.

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.

Jackson James

additional camera

Jackson James has worked as a director and cinematographer on over 55+ music videos primarily based in Chicago. He's worked closely with many of the rising musical acts from Chicago, including Ravyn Lenae, Chance the Rapper, Joey Purp, Twin Peaks, Knox Fortune, Towkio, and others, often featuring a wide variety of neighborhoods and settings around Chicago as the backdrop for each piece. Jackson has also worked with his father as a cinematographer for Life Itself and America to Me, as well as an additional camera for The Interrupters.

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.

Liz Kaar

Technical Consultant

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.  

Ian Kibbe

Translation

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.

Tim Horsburgh

Kartemquin Communications Manager

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.

Yvonne Afable

Kartemquin Bookkeeping

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.

Dinesh Sabu

additional Kartemquin Films staff

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.