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
Brenda Robinson
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
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
Kartemquin Films
Director of Development
Joanna Lakatos
Director of Finance
Andrea de Fraga
Anthony Stoll
Suzanne Niemoth
Director of Distribution and Communications
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
Ingrid Roettgen
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 highly-awarded filmmaker who brings to his projects a collaborative spirit, proven storytelling chops and formidable attention to detail. Films he has produced, directed or edited have garnered two Emmys, two DuPont-Columbia batons, a pair of Peabody awards, an Oscar nomination, a Sundance jury prize and best in category at countless festivals. He has worked in close association with Kartemquin Films since 1997.

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 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. 

Betsy Steinberg

Executive Director

Executive Director Betsy Steinberg joined Kartemquin in December 2015 and oversees daily operations, development, and serves as Executive Producer on Kartemquin projects. Prior to Kartemquin she spent eight years as Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office where she she spearheaded Illinois’ transformation into a world class film destination. She was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois film tax credit and implemented an overall business development strategy resulting in over $1 billion in direct economic impact.

Brenda Robinson

Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film and television industries. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Michigan and obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a certificate in Business & Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Brenda is a member of The Recording Academy and Film Independent.

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.

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.

Anthony Stoll

Director of Finance and Operations

Prior to joining Kartemquin Films as its Director of Finance and Operations, Anthony owned and operated AJ Stoll & Associates, LLC from September 2009 through November 2015. While there, he provided an array of services for nonprofits including: creating policies and procedures including internal controls, bookkeeping services, financial statement preparation, financial and programmatic assessments and strategic planning.

Suzanne Niemoth

Vice President of Finance & Operations

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

Director of Communications and Distribution

Tim Horsburgh is Kartemquin’s Director of Communications and Distribution. Since 2009, he has driven marketing, audience engagement, public relations, and social media for Kartemquin and all their films. In March 2014 he began overseeing Kartemquin's distribution strategy. He is also responsible for assessing and managing potential new Kartemquin documentary projects.

Risé Sanders-Weir

Director of Production

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 former Kartemquin intern turned staff member now working as a freelance editor, producer, and director in Chicago. Hillary first began her Kartemquin staff life as a night shift assistant editor for the Emmy-award winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Hillary went on to become Post Production Manager and then Director of Production at Kartemquin, managing teams, collaborating with filmmakers, and ultimately earning credits on over a dozen recent Kartemquin projects.

Ryan Gleeson

Post-Production Manager

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Ryan first joined the Kartemquin family as an intern of Xan Aranda and assisted in the rollout of her film Andrew Bird: Fever Year. Later, as an intern at Kartemquin, he worked on a range of tasks including contributing to outreach on The Interrupters, assisting in editing of the demo of Living Revolution, and helping with Kartemquin’s first KTQ Labs Spring Showcase.

Max Asaf

Development Coordinator

Max joined Kartemquin's staff in the fall of 2016, after a KTQ internship following his graduation from the University of Chicago. Max’s duties as Development Coordinator provides strategic support for organizational fundraising alongside the Director of Development. These fundraising efforts include leading the KTQ Membership program, grant writing, special event planning, and corporate sponsorships. Max also supports the Director of Development in providing fundraising support to KTQ’s filmmaking teams.

Julia Martin

Marketing and Distribution Associate

Julia has served as Kartemquin’s Marketing and Distribution Associate since the fall of 2016, having interned with Kartemquin during the spring of 2016. She feels very lucky to have found the supportive and collaborative filmmaking community that is Kartemquin, and to have the opportunity to work with and learn from its talented filmmakers and staff everyday.

Pedro Urgiles

Finance Manager

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.