Director
Steve James
Writer
Steve James
Producer
Mark Mitten, p.g.a.
Dave Lindorff
Steve James
Executive Producers
Jeff Skoll
Diane Weyermann
Tim Horsburgh
Gordon Quinn
Editor
Steve James
Director of Photography
Tom Bergmann
Music Supervisor
Dawn Sutter Madell
Assistant Music Supervisor
Pedro Urgiles
Archivist
Sierra Pettengill
Featuring
Ted Hall
Joan Hall
Ruth London
Sara Hall
Sarah Sax
Boria Sax
Joseph Albright
Marcia Kunstel
Daniel Axelrod
Assistant Editor
Pedro Urgiles
Line Producer
Sarada Duvvuri
Production Manager
Erwin Burns
Production Coordinator
Brendan Brown
1st Assistant Director
Joshua Schilling
Location Manager
Gretchen Brown
Valerie Bulinski
Re-Creations Advisor
Maureen A. Ryan
Ted Hall
J. Michael Wright
Joan Hall
Lucy Zukaitis
Savy Sax
Nicolas Eastlund
FBI Agent McQueen
Mickey O’Sullivan
FBI Agent 2
Matt Young
FBI Agent 3
Tom Goodwin
Ed Hall
Zach Twardowski
Young Ruthie
Olivia Piper
Sax baby
Enzo Inalsingh
Susan Sax
Kate Marie Smith
Second Camera
Jackson James
Additional Cinematography
Geoffrey Sentamu
1st Assistant Camera
Lucinda Harstrick
Andrea Baker
DIT
Kevin Oliver-Krohn
Sound Engineer
Zak Piper
Gaffer
Andy Cook
Key Grips
Gene Fojtik
Regan Hudeck
Grips
Sean O’Leary
Collin Rogers
Alex Holzman
Production Designer
Laura Gordon
Art Directors
Stacy Buckner
Marco Miller
Set Decorator
Ronnie Kwasman
Set Dressers
Chelsea Houlf
Chelsea Ross
Set Painters
Marco Miller
Tom Melvin
Art Assistants
Briggen Brikai
PT Clement
Alex Quintanilla
Lonnie Edwards
Dae Narciso
Nate Balano
Costume Designers
Kate Grube
Halley Sharp
Wardrobe Assist
Robin Lee
Kareena Gardner
Jarrod Page
Emma McCall
Kirrah Perkins
Hair and Makeup
Kim Patterson
Hair and Makeup Assists
Coleen Sullivan
Vivian Guzman
Norman Sands
Casting Director
Sarah Cayce, CSA
Casting Associate
Eve Rosenthal
Casting Assistant
Gabriela Medina
Key PA
NK Gutierrez
Set Production Assistants
Raven Byerly
David Creighton
John Flores
Natalie Holly
Sergio Neyland
Catering
Crafty Chicago
LOCATION PRODUCTION
Second Camera
Jed Lindorff
Location Sound Recordists
Stephen Hodge
Adriano Bravo
Stephen Hopkins
Ludovic Lasserre
Production Assistant
Finbarr Pine
Post-Production Supervisor
Alanna Schmelter

Steve James

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.

Tim Horsburgh

Tim Horsburgh is an independent producer and consultant dedicated to the development, production, marketing, distributing, and impact of award-winning, impactful documentary films.

Serving on Kartemquin staff from 2009-2021, he was most recently Kartemquin’s Director of Film Strategy, leading the organization's original documentaries through their collaborative production model; industry outreach, strategic initiatives, and brand-building; and serving as the point of contact for Kartemquin Producers and Associates.

Gordon Quinn

Founder and Senior Advisor

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. 

Pedro Urgiles

Pedro is the Finance Manager at Kartemquin Films. He assists the Director of Finance & Operations in planning and organizing the activities of day-to-day accounting functions. His responsibilities include overseeing accounts payable, accounts receivable, monthly intercompany processes, and payroll. His interest in documentary films stems from watching Spellbound at a young age as he prepared for a citywide spelling bee.

Jackson James

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.

Zak Piper

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: City So Real with producer/director Steve James; Until the Lion Speaks (working title), for Concordia Studio, with co-directors Bing Liu and Joshua Altman; and The Ants and the Grasshopper (working title), a film he is also co-directing/producing with Raj Patel and producer Rachel Wexler.

Alanna Schmelter

Alanna Schmelter is a film & television editor with a concentration in narrative non-fiction & documentary. After graduating with a degree in film editing from Columbia College Chicago, she started her career by cutting comedy at the world-renowned Second City. She has since edited series for National Geographic, Travel Channel, Ovation and A&E.