Directed By
Steve James
Produced by
Mark Mitten, p.g.a.
Julie Goldman, p.g.a.
Director of Photography
Tom Bergmann
Edited by
John Farbrother
David E. Simpson
Music by
Joshua Abrams
Executive Producers
Gordon Quinn
Betsy Steinberg
Christopher Clements
Justine Nagan
Executive Producer For Frontline
Raney Aronson-Rath
Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer
Co-Executive Producers for Blue Ice Docs
Steven Silver
Neil Tabatznik
Robin Smith
Co-Producers
Fenell Doremus
Nick Verbitsky
Associate Producer
Sean Lyness
Original Courtroom Illustrations
Christine Cornell
Location Sound
Daniel Nidel
Additional camera
Sam Cullman
Jackson James
Additional Sound
Joe Maggio
Camera Assistant
Nancy Serna
Post Production Supervisor
Ryan Gleeson
Graphic Design
Sarofsky
Additional graphics
Matt Taylor
Courtroom Reenactment Cast
Margaret Colin
Justin Deas
Richard Lai
Shao Wen Liang
Megan Rork
Mindy Shi
Miao Yu
Assistant Editors
Mina Fitzpatrick
Nancy McDonald
Ryan Gleeson
Eugene Kobayashi
Archival Research
Emily Hart
Production assistants
Sam Bender
Marley Cogan
Dongni Lanca Li
Olivia Ramos Reed
Chris Zacarias
Jingyang Cheng
Assistant to the Producer
Kathryn Morse
Post-Production Assistants
HyoJin Park
Ingrid Roettgen
Wei Ying
Finishing Facility
The OutPost at WGBH
Post Production Audio
Another Country
Translation
Jane Hu
Jack Guan

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.

David E. Simpson

David E. Simpson is a documentary filmmaker with three decades of experience. Films he has produced, directed or edited have garnered three national Emmys, a pair of Peabody awards, two DuPont-Columbia batons, an Oscar nomination, a Sundance jury award and best in category at countless festivals. He has worked in close association with Kartemquin Films since 1997.

Joshua Abrams

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.

Gordon Quinn

Founder and Artistic Director

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. 

Justine Nagan

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.

Fenell Doremus

Filmmaker Associate

Fenell Doremus has worked in documentary film since graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Sociology. She began her career as an Assistant Editor on the award-winning Hoop Dreams. She went on to serve as staff Producer at Kartemquin Films for the next eight years. While at Kartmequin, Doremus was Segment Producer and a Segment Editor (Palestinian story) of The New Americans.

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.

Ryan Gleeson

​Ryan Gleeson is a documentary filmmaker based in Chicago, Illinois. After cutting his teeth on his parents' VHSC camcorder and spending a summer editing Hyphenated Humor with the late Jerry Blumenthal, Ryan spent half a decade at Kartemquin Films involving himself in a variety of ways, including but not limited to film production, workflow planning, tape archiving, event planning, and gallery curation. He rose to be Kartemquin's Post-Production Manager.

Matt Taylor

Post-Production Manager

Matt joined Kartemquin Films in the fall of 2018. Prior to joining the team Matt earned his chops editing short videos for nonprofit organizations as well as working as a freelancer on a number of films, including Kartemquin’s Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and America to Me.

Matt now oversees and manages Kartemquin’s postproduction workflow. In conjunction with KTQ’s post team and its filmmakers, Matt provides support in all stages of editing.

Nancy McDonald

Manager of Development and Special Events

Nancy first joined the Kartemquin family as an intern of Xan Aranda and assisted on her film Andrew Bird: Fever Year. She then worked for several years as a Production Coordinator on an educational children's television show, Green Screen Adventures. Her roles there included costume design/styling for which she was nominated for a National Daytime Emmy.

Eugene Kobayashi

Post-Production Assistant

Eugene is a Post Production Assistant. He works on various aspects in the finishing of a film. His responsibilities include media management, online editing, and creating exports for festivals and distributors. Eugene is a former intern at Kartemquin and worked extensively on the show Hard Earned. Most recently, he was the assistant editor for In the Game.

Emily Hart

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

Ingrid Roettgen

Ingrid works in the post-production department at Kartemquin Films. She supports projects through assistant editing, media management, and workflow coordination. Additionally, Ingrid manages distribution traffic for Kartemquin’s catalog of over 60 films, both domestically and internationally. Ingrid has worked with Kartemquin since 2016, and previously oversaw the Kartemquin Archive Project by managing preservation of over 18,000 historic artifacts that span 50+ years of independent documentary filmmaking.