Kartemquin Films welcomes four new board members

Kartemquin Films is pleased to announce the addition of four esteemed new members to the organization’s board, including Caty Borum Chattoo, Fenell Doremus, Neal Robin and Stephen Whisnant.

The four additions join the board ahead of the Chicago documentary production not-for-profit’s September board meeting. Kartemquin’s board is now comprised of 15 members, led by Chair Jason Stephens and Vice-Chair Susan Morrison.

“I am so honored to have Caty, Steve, Neal and Fenell joining our board. They each bring an expertise that will help propel us into a future as we fulfill our mission of sparking democracy through documentary,” said Betsy Steinberg, Executive Director of Kartemquin Films.

“We are honored that Caty, Fenell, Neal and Steve have elected to come on board with us. It’s an exciting time for Kartemquin, and their contributions will be pivotal for the organization,” said Jason Stephens, Kartemquin Films’ Board Chairman.

Caty Borum Chattoo currently serves as the Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University. In addition, she is an award-winning communication strategist, documentary film/TV producer and communication researcher. “Kartemquin Films has been, and continues to be, a vitally important organization in social justice documentary storytelling. Its artists have created some of the most illuminating, deeply intimate portraits of people and communities over the past five decades. It is a real honor to serve Kartemquin's filmmakers and leaders as a new board member,” said Borum Chattoo.

Fenell Doremus began working with Kartemquin as an assistant editor on the award-winning HOOP DREAMS (1994), later serving as Staff Producer for eight years. Doremus produced and edited on THE NEW AMERICANS (2003), 5 GIRLS (2001), and co-produced on the newly released ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL (2016). “As both a Kartemquin associate and employee for the past 20-plus years, I care deeply about it's mission and direction, and am thrilled to be joining the board this year,” said Doremus.

Stephen Whisnant is the founder and managing director of Stephen Whisnant Strategies, LLC. He previously served as director of philanthropy at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and a managing director for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Whisnant served as executive producer on the Kartemquin Film VIETNAM, LONG TIME COMING (1998). “I am pleased to be able to return to the Kartemquin Films board––an organization that has been such an important part of my life since collaborating with them on VIETNAM, LONG TIME COMING. It is a remarkable enterprise, with talented and dedicated filmmakers who have made an indelible mark in the field, now for over 50 years,” said Whisnant.

Neal Robin is an associate in the Real Estate group Seyfarth Shaw LLP, focusing his practice on real estate development, purchases, sales, financing, and leasing. He advises developers, real estate funds, REITs, Fortune 500 companies, high net-worth individuals, national retailers, and landlords and tenants. He is an active member of the Chicago chapter of the Urban Land Institute and ICSC.

Before launching his legal career, Neal worked with respected filmmaker Jonathan Silvers and Saybrook Productions on PBS’ ELUSIVE JUSTICE, about the 60 year effort to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. “I’m honored to help advance the invigorating mission of Kartemquin by serving on its board, and to assist Betsy and her dedicated staff as they implement their exciting plans for the organization,” said Robin.