Producer/Directors
Aaron Wickenden
Dan Rybicky
Editor and Cinematographer
Aaron Wickenden
Writer and Location Sound
Dan Rybicky
Executive Producers
Justine Nagan
Gordon Quinn
Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer
Composer
Joshua Abrams
Visual Effects Producer
Ross Thomas
Environmental Cinematography
David Schalliol
Co-Producer
Tristan Hanson
Post-Production Supervisor, Additional Editing
Nora Gully
Additional Editing
Wonjung Bae
Paul Hill
Editing Consultant
Kyle Henry
Additional camera
Jennifer Brandel
Stephanie Dufford
Lesley Onstott
Dan Rybicky
Mason Thorne
Additional Sound Recordists
Scott Kaser
Mason Thorne
Cody Wallace
Still Photography
Dan Rybicky
Aaron Wickenden
Sound Effects Designer
Brendan Baker
Musicians
Joshua Abrams - Bass and Celeste
Jason Adasiewicz - Vibraphone
Michael Avery - Drums/Woodblocks/Percussion
Jeff Kimmel - Clarinet
Nick Mazarella- Alto Sax
Jason Stein - Bass Clarinet
Original music mixed by
Neil Strauch
Additional Music for Website
Dave Fischoff
Music Consultant
Linda Cohen
Assistant to Producers
Dain Evans
Post-Production Assistants
Hillary Bachelder
Ryan Gleeson
Post-Production Supervisor at Kartemquin
Matt Lauterbach
Technical Supervisor
Jim Morrissette
Additional Motion Graphics
Jenna Caravello
Special Thanks
Steve James
Ruth Leitman
Jennifer Brandel
Patrick Thornton
Polly Noonan
Andrea Fritsch
Jennifer Lange
Alix and Margo Blair
Brad Lichtenstein
Anne Hastings
Kartemquin Director of Communications and Distribution
Tim Horsburgh
Kartemquin Director of Finance and Operations
Suzanne Niemoth
Kartemquin Films Staff
Yvonne Afable
Tamara Fouche
Maria Galent
Alison Hanold
Christine McAlonan
Cate Ryan
Alexander Stein
Beckie Stocchetti
Outreach and Engagement Consultant
Patrick Lile
Publicity Photographer
Kate Joyce
Additional Graphic Design
Rob Funderburk
Website Design and Support
David Handschuh
Tomoko Kanamitsu
Justin Stephenson
Megan Ross

Aaron Wickenden

Aaron Wickenden is a multiple Emmy and ACE Eddie nominated editor with extensive professional experience in many aspects of the independent filmmaking process. He is regarded for bringing a tireless work ethic and playful spirit to each of his creative collaborations... including the Oscar nominated film Finding Vivian Maier.

Dan Rybicky

Dan Rybicky is an award-winning filmmaker and tenured professor in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago. He produced and co-directed ITVS/Kartemquin Films' critically-acclaimed feature documentary Almost There, which screened at over thirty festivals before being distributed theatrically, digitally, and on public television in 2016.

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.

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. 

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.

Hillary Bachelder

Hillary Bachelder is a documentary director, cinematographer, and editor. She is the former Director of Production at Kartemquin Films and earned both editing and production credits on over a dozen of the company’s critically acclaimed films and series, including the Emmy-award-winning Trials of Muhammad Ali, POV’s Raising Bertie, and Oscar nominated Minding the Gap. In 2015, she was selected to participate in the prestigious Sundance Documentary Edit and Storytelling lab as an up-and-coming editor of promise.

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.

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.

Ruth Leitman

Through her company Ruthless Films, Ruth Leitman has directed six feature-length documentaries. Her Southern Gothic film Alma (1998) won the Documentary Feature Jury Prize at Hamptons Film Festival, and screened at IDFA, SWSW, DGA, and Whitney Biennial. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs, her film Lipstick & Dynamite (2005) won the Documentary Storytelling Prize at Nantucket Film Festival, was released theatrically, and was broadcast on SHOWTIME.

Brad Lichtenstein

Brad Lichtenstein is an award-winning filmmaker and the president of 371 Productions. He has been working in documentary production since 1992. His latest film, As Goes Janesville, is a documentary about how a town tries to reinvent itself amid the loss of their century-old GM plant and Wisconsin’s civil war over unions. It premiered on the PBS series Independent Lens in October of 2012 and aired again on Feb. 4th, 2013.

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.

Suzanne Niemoth

Suzanne, the Vice President of Finance & Operations at Kartemquin, is a non-profit finance, operations and accounting expert dedicated to building stronger non-profit organizations through better fiscal management and organizational efficiency. Suzanne has a decade of professional experience focused on strengthening the internal capacity of charitable organizations. She believes that navigating the financial challenges unique to non-profits requires a high level of financial accountability, transparency, and integrity. In her role at Kartemquin, Suzanne is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial management, general operations, human resources, compliance, information technology, legal affairs and risk management.

Yvonne Afable

Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Yvonne P. Afable was Kartemquin's Director of Finance from 2004-2012, before transitioning to the Board of Directors. A graduate of DePaul University, Yvonne has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting & Finance. She is a Certified Management Accountant with 16 years of accounting experience. She was an auditor for two years before beginning her career in the not-for-profit industry. She monitored the budget and assisted with investments for the American College of Surgeons before becoming the Assistant Accounting Manager.