Liz Kaar

Liz Kaar is an independent director, producer, and editor based in Chicago. She has worked closely with Kartemquin Films, Chicago’s documentary powerhouse, for over a decade. She started as an intern there and soon discovered her love for late nights, small editing rooms, tackling the monster of long-form story structure, and the resulting trail of potato chip crumbs.

She recently directed, produced, shot and edited Stranded by the State, a web series and TV mini series co-produced by In These Times magazine and Kartemquin Films, about the human cost of the two-year Illinois budget impasse, the longest a state has gone without a budget since the Great Depression. She co-directed and edited Hard Earned, Kartemquin'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.

In the past, she associate-produced and edited the music documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year, and festival-favorite On Beauty. She also edited Kartemquin's Typeface, '63 Boycott, 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. Fluent in Spanish, she tries to work in the language as much as possible. She is currently deep into production on two narrative films– producing Computer Hackers, a feature sci-fi comedy, and directing The Turkey, a feature “weirdo” comedy. She is also editing Kartemquin's Dilemma of Desire and Eating Up Easter.

Films by Liz Kaar

Eating Up Easter 2018
Written By, Editor
'63 Boycott 2017
Edited by
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