Judith Helfand
Fenell Doremus
Simeon Hutner
David E. Simpson
Original music by
T. Griffin
Graphics and Animation by
Momentist, Inc
Tod Lending
Stanley J. Staniski
Keith Walker
Executive Producers
Sandra Itkoff
Eric Klinenberg
Justine Nagan
Gordon Quinn
Betsy Steinberg
Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen
Barbara Dobkin
Diana Barrett
Julie Parker Benello
Lynne Rosenthal
Abigail E. Disney
Gini Reticker
Sarah Cavanaugh
Geralyn Dreyfous
Co-Producer and Editor
David Cohen
Supervising Producer
David Eisenberg
Senior Editorial Consultant
Lewis F. Erskine
Consulting Producers
Faye Lederman
Beth Levison
Beth Murphy
Bonnie Cohen
Tia Lessin
Wendy Ettinger
Additional camera
Pete Biagi
Ines Sommer
Nadia Hallgren
Mirko Popadic
Peter Gilbert
Tony Hardmon
David Schalliol
Kimmer Olesak
Emily Hart
Location Sound
Alan Chow
Derek Hanson
John Mathie
Rich Pooler
Patrick Tillmann
Field Producers
Veena Rao
Xan Aranda
Beth Sternheimer
Archival Research
Natalie Bullock Brown
Jeff Martin
Additional Editors
Jacob Steingroot
Dara Kell
Rebecca Parrish
Scott Burgess
Sabrina Gordon
Jeremy S Levine
Richard Miron
Melissa Hacker
Melissa Sterne
Amy Seplin
Megan Katz
Jonathan Oppemheim
Margaret Brown
Jean Tsien
Sabine Hoffman
David Teague
Rob Moss
Mary Manhardt
Einat Sidi
Jenny Golden
Mary Lampson
Jeremiah Zagar
Story Consultant
Andrea Meditch
Assistant Editors
Mary Kerr
Chris Bravo
Katherine Knight
Tina Grapenthin
Molly Holtzinger
Laura Karpa
Sally Volkmann
Shirli N. Michalevicz
Leigh Anne Sides
Additional Graphics & Animation
Matt Taylor
Post Production Services
Final Frame
Digital Intermediate Colorist
Stewart Griffin
Sound Mix
Gigantic Studios
Re-Recording Mixer
Tom Paul
Director of Development
Joanna Lakatos
Director of Finance
Andrea de Fraga
Anthony Stoll
Suzanne Niemoth
Director of Communications and Distribution
Tim Horsburgh
Director of Production and Post
Rise Sanders-Weir
Hillary Bachelder
Post Production Manager
Ryan Gleeson
Technical Directors
Jim Morrisette
Additional Kartemquin Staff
Max Asaf
Abbie Brewer
Laura Gomez-Mesquita
Julia Martin
Matt Taylor
Pedro Urgiles
Ford Foundation | JustFilms
The Center for Independent Documentary
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Leo S. Guthman Fund
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Fledgling Fund
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
with support from
Open Society Foundations
JustFilms | Ford Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation
The Putnam Foundation
Park Foundation, Inc.
Dorot Foundation
Rockefeller Media Fellowship
Lisa Kleiner Chanoff
Bertha Foundation
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
The Rockefeller Foundation
Fork Films LLC
The Todd and Betiana Simon Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Educational Foundation of America
Beth B. Sackler
The Rockefeller Foundation’s Media Arts Fellowship
Dominique Bravo & Eric sloan
The Fine Fund
The Karma Foundation
Jack Lampl
The Cohen Family Foundation
Christopher A. Pilaro
Phoebe I. Pilaro
Nancy Meyer & Marc Weiss
Nancy Blachman
Chicago Community Trust | One Chicago/One Nation
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Anthony Radziwill Documentary Fund/IFP
Elizabeth Weatherford
Beth Murphy
Wendy Levy
Daniel Latorre
Opeyemi Olukemi
Engagement Labs & Mentorship The Fledgling Engagement Lab
Hartley Media Impact Initiative at Auburn
Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund
BAVC Producers Institute
Murmur DigiLab
Good Pitch
Adam J. Segal, The 2050 Group - Publicity
Fair use consultant
Peter Jaszi
Legal Counsel Jaime Wolf at Pelosi Wolf Effron & Spates LLP
Shatzkin & Mayer, P.C.
Holland & Knight LLP
Kristina M. Hodges, Esq
Production Insurance C&S international Insurance Brokers, Inc.
Hanover Insurance, Co
Ventura Insurance Brokerage, Inc
One Beacon Insurance
Archival Stills And Footage Courtesy Of CNN Image Source
Budget Films
Producers Library Service
Storm Stock
Ken Herzlich
Nathan Fitch
Valerie Brown
USA Today Sports Images
Chicago Transit Authority
Additional Archival Footage And Stills From
Chicago History Museum/iCHI-04694/iCHI04674-
Arthur M. Weiland
Vanderbilt News Archive
Museum of Broadcast Communications
News Exposure, LLC
U.S. Navy Blue Angels (The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information (does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement)
Alex Helfand
Florence Helfand
Eric Klinenberg
Valerie Brown
Andy Nebel
Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH
Mike McReynolds
Maureen Finn
Marguerite Gatling
Shirl Gatling
Ken Herzlich
Steve Whitman, PhD
Geraldine Flowers
Reverend Joseph Ledwell
Paul Dailey
Joyce Gallagher
Judy Wang
Paul Meincke
Diann Burns
Sadhu Johnston
Orrin Williams
Jerry Foster
Colleen Scott
Jeremiah Scott
Toni Preckwinkle
Jim Dupont
2011 Disaster Preparedness Conference, Paducah, KY
B.G. John W. Heltzel
NLE 2011 & Kentucky Emergency Management
Michele Landis Dauber, PhD
Reverend Dr. Henry Raven
Ollie Raven
Bessie Trotter
Oreletta Garmon
Celevia Taylor
Sheelah Muhammad
Seniors at Mercy Housing

Judith Helfand

Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take the dark and cynical worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behavior and environmental injustice and them personal, resonant, and even entertaining. Her award-winning films, three of which had world premieres at Sundance, were all nationally broadcast on PBS, HBO, and The Sundance Channel and were linked to rigorous engagement. They include: The Uprising of ’34 (co-directed with veteran George Stoney), Blue Vinyl, and Everything’s Cool (co-directed with Daniel B.

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.

Simeon Hutner

Simeon Hutner is a film editor, director, and producer with twenty-five years of film and television credits, including works shown at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Telluride and many other film festivals, as well as on HBO, BBC, Bravo, A&E and PBS.

David E. Simpson

David E. Simpson is a documentary filmmaker with over 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.

An experienced director/producer, David deems editing the heart of documentary-practice and spends the bulk of his time in the cutting room crafting impactful works with talented collaborators. 

Keith Walker

Keith, co-owner and director of photography for Media Process Group, has shot hundreds of broadcast segments for shows like 60-minutes, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Dateline, and HBO Real Sports, as well as numerous award-winning documentaries for PBS, NBC and CBS. He also shot many corporate marketing and educational projects for clients like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Gates Foundation, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Starbucks.

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 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. 

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

Xan Aranda

Emmy nominee Xan Aranda is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked with HBO, Jill Soloway, the Duplass Brothers and Focus Features, among others.

Beth Sternheimer

America Sells Itself  producer Beth Sternheimer’s independent film work includes serving as co-producer for THE CALLING, a four-hour PBS series that broadcast nationally on Independent Lens. Beth was producer and archival researcher for the public television documentary REFUGE: STORIES OF THE SELFHELP HOME and field producer for several Kartemquin Films productions, including THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI and Judith Helfand’s COOKED.&nb

Rebecca Parrish

Rebecca Parrish is a documentary director, cinematographer and editor. Her feature directorial debut, Radical Grace, was executive produced by Susan Sarandon, and premiered at 2015 Hot Docs followed by AFI Docs, garnering audience awards (Hot Docs Top 5 Audience Favorite and AFI Docs Best of Fest). Other work included the interactive web documentary and engagement campaign. Parrish graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in 2006 with a BA in American Studies. Her coursework explored the operation of race, class and sexuality in U.S.

Melissa Sterne

Melissa Sterne is an editor whose recent credits include "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" which aired on the PBS series American Masters in 2012, was the opening film at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center, and had a national theatrical release, playing in over 130 theaters. She also edited "Radicle Disciple: The Story of Father Michael Pfleger" which garnered 3 stars from Roger Ebert, won Best Documentary at the Big Muddy Film Festival, aired on PBS, and has shown at film festivals throughout the world.

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.

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.

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.

Risé Sanders-Weir

Risé Sanders-Weir has supervised production for documentaries appearing on MSNBC, PBS, History, National Geographic, CNBC, A&E, The Weather Channel and others. Her work as a writer, producer, director and supervisor has been recognized with Emmy, Hugo and Telly awards. Sanders has also received nominations for an MPSE Golden Reel and an NAACP Image Award. She is the Producer of America to Me.

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.

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.