Sergio Rapu
Written By
Elena Kouneski Rapu
Liz Kaar
Produced by
Elena Kouneski Rapu
Sergio M. Rapu
Executive Producers
Gordon Quinn
Betsy Steinberg
Executive Producer for Pacific Islanders in Communications
Leanne K. Ferrer
Supervising Producer for PIC
Cheryl Hirasa
Liz Kaar
Sergio M. Rapu
Jeff Saunders
Camera Operator
Mark Mostad
Sergio M. Rapu
Additional Camera Op.
Sergio Moya
Miguel Carrasco Bratti
Cristian Gonzalez
Ricardo Jara
Danica Donnelly
Archival Footage
Betty Rapu
Brigid Mulloy
Colección Museo Histórico Nacional, Chile
National Film Board of Canada
ʻŌiwi TV
Sound Mixer
Cristian Gonzalez
Mauricio Romero
Enrique Icka
Toki Music School
Post-Production Supervisor
Matt Taylor
Motion Graphics
Diana Cimino
Digital Colorist
Matt Taylor
Re-Recording Mixer
Jason Almendinger
Aaron|Stokes Music & Sound
Transcription Services
Final Draft Business Support Services, Inc.
Director of Development
Joanna Lakatos
Director of Finance
Andrea de Fraga
Director of Communications and Distribution
Tim Horsburgh
Director of Production and Post
Rise Sanders-Weir
Technical Director
Jim Morrisette
Additional Kartemquin Staff
Maggie Bowman
Leslie Simmer
Max Asaf
Abbie Brewer
Julia Martin
Laura Mesquita-Gomez
Anu Rana
Ingrid Roettgen
Ryan Gleeson
Hillary Bachelder
Nancy McDonald
Beckie Stocchetti
Emily Strong
Pedro Urgiles
Kartemquin Interns
Josie Pommering
Alyssa Villegas
Brian Lu
Julia Davis
Ashish Valentine
SJ Wright
Major Funding Provided by
Pacific Islanders in Communications
Princess Grace Foundation
Ford Foundation JustFilms Fund
The Sage Fund at Kartemquin Films
ITVS Diversity Development Fund
Special Thanks
Cynthia Rapu
Julianna Rapu Leong
Jan & Charley Sheaffer
Ed & Nonie Kouneski
Fred Hanauer & Loretta Draths
Andy & Maria Awes

Sergio Rapu

Eating up Easter Producer/Director Sergio M. Rapu is the only Easter Islander to be actively working in production in an English speaking country. He has spent the last 15 years shooting, and producing documentaries that have aired on History Channel, Travel Channel, National Geographic, and NOVA. Through his work, Sergio aims to show the diversity of life through thought provoking media to inspire resolutions to social, economic, and environmental conflicts.

Liz Kaar

Liz Kaar is an independent documentary filmmaker, working in Chicago and Latin America. She edited Kartemquin’s feature-length documentary Typeface, as well as a slew of shorts, demos and trailers for the company.  She’s also produced and directed non-profit videos for the Illinois Department of Public Health, CDC, and The Newberry Library.  Most recently she edited and associate produced the feature-length music documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.