Justine Nagan

Al Jazeera America Announces Production of Documentary Series with Kartemquin Films on Realities of Low-Income Living

Kartemquin is proud to announce a collaboration with Al Jazeera America on Hard Earned, a six-part documentary series scheduled to air in early 2015. Production has already begun on the series, which will explore the lives of five American families striving to keep food on the table and their dignity intact despite the reality of high living expenses and low wages.


Friday, March 14, 2014 1:30 pm

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL
Justine Nagan will serve on the Fiscal Sponsorship panel of the Creative Chicago Expo. This panel will educate attendees on the Fiscal Sponsorship function, the responsibilities of both parties, and the many benefits that the sponsoring organization can provide. Panelists are providers of Fiscal Sponsorship services locally and will discuss when is it better to become a 501c3 and when better to use a Fiscal Sponsor. Other panelist include Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers; Roell Schmidt, Links Hall; Lisa Malina, Malina and Co.; Esther Grimm, 3 Arts; and Bob Labate, Holland & Knight, LLP. Find more details about the EXPO here.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:00 pm

DePaul University, North Cafe
1 E Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL
On Thursday, March 6 Justine Nagan serves as a panelist discussing how entrepreneurial leaders gain and sustain influence, part of DePaul University's Showcase of Crain's 40 Under 40. The program, sponsored by CFBC and Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, explores powerful ways to distinguish yourself and your business from the competition. For more information and to register, go to the Stand Out event page.

Good Pitch is Coming to Chicago!

On October 22nd, 2013, Chicago will host Good Pitch for the very first time, it was announced last night at Chicago's Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy.

In the style of other successful Good Pitch² events, Good Pitch Chicago will bring together "Midwestern filmmakers with nonprofits, foundations, philanthropists, brands and media around leading social issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society."


A personal note from Justine Nagan

A few days ago I sent out a personal note to a small group of my family and friends asking them to include Kartemquin in their end of year giving. Then yesterday I turned my attention to our formal appeal. One of my trusted colleagues came into my office and suggested pitching the formal appeal and instead sending out my personal note more widely. He felt it was truthful, and from the heart and that it really conveyed the passion behind what we do. I hope it resonates with you too...

Hi all,



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