Director/Producer/Cinematographer
Jiayan "Jenny" Shi
Producers
Brent Huffman
Diane Moy Quon
Jiayan "Jenny" Shi
Co-producer/Cinematographer
Shilin Sun
Editor
John Farbrother
Co-Executive Producers
Shizuka Asakawa
Cherry Chen
Peng Zhao
Executive Producers
Jolene Pinder
Gordon Quinn
Mark Mitten
Ken Pelletier
Motion Graphics
423 Motion
Jesse Kerman
Leah Uberseder
Post-Production Supervisor
Matt Taylor
Post Production Associate for Kartemquin
Ingrid Roettgen
Post Production Services
Periscope Post & Audio
Post Production Supervisor
Manuela Hung
Post Production Coordinator
Samantha Wong
Digital Intermediate Colorist
C. Ryan Stemple, CSI
Re-Recording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor
John Wong
Sound Editor
Kendall Barron
Dialogue Editor
Jason Neumann
Foley Artist/Editor
Jeremy Zussman
Additional camera
Junlin Chen
Shuang Chen
Tiffany Chen
Zeling Chen
Viola Du
Ivy Fung
Gabriella Garcia-Pardo
Siyan Huang
Brian James
Pat Nabong
Allison Walsh
Yanyi Xie
Additional Production Support
Anthony P. Diflorio
Lan Li
Zihan Wang
Drone Operators
Rang Li
Shilin Sun
Teddy Wachholz
Translation
Tiffany Chen
Valerie Chen
Zeling Chen
Holly Jianing He
Lily Qi
Jiayan "Jenny" Shi
Shillin Sun
Yanyie Xie
Lu Zhao
Zola Zhou
Courtroom Artist
Christine Cornell
Graphics
Nicole Vettriano
Archival Materials Courtesy of
The Zhang Family
Additional Archival Materials Courtesy of
Guofang Miao
Kaiyun Zhao
Legal Council
Holland & Knight
Peter Jaszi
Sales and Distribution
CAA and Submarine
Director of Film Strategy
Tim Horsburgh
Director of Development
Joanna Lakatos
Director of Editorial
Leslie Simmer
Director of Programs and Engagement
Laura Gomez-Mesquita
Finance Manager
Jamie Bourne
Additional Kartemquin Staff
Max Asaf
Abbie Brewer
Carlos Cova
Andrea de Fraga
Tina Figueroa
Ryan Gleeson
Keira Kennedy
Tikahya Lampley
Julia Martin
Nancy McDonald
Viorica Mereuta
Jim Morrissette
Anuradha Rana
Leah Sacks
Rise Sanders-Weir
Elise Schierbeek
Whitney A. Spencer
Betsy Steinberg
Anthony Stoll
Emily Strong
Pedro Urgiles
Project Advisors
Brad Jenkins
Andy Kang
Juliet Sorenson
Janet Yang
Xiaoli Zhou
Kartemquin Interns
Anna Lee Ackermann
Paige Benner
Gabriel Broderick
Ulysses Bufano
Rita Carmona
Resita Cox
Julia Davis
Mitch Deitz
Alexandra Epstein
Hannah Faris
Ashina Hamilton
Lilly Hanson
Adia Ivey
Jung-Ah Kim
Nathan Kim
Sara Kragness
Teresa Krone
Anna Luy Tan
Elisa Maravilla
Jess Martinaitis
Edwin Perez
Lily Qi
Haye Sahelijo
Jordan Sauthoff
Yooyeon Shim
Ankur Singh
Woojae "Julia" Song
Evan Staley
Scott Taylor
Ashish Valentine
Jessica Vitkin
Allison Walsh
Stan Wright
Very Special Thanks
Xiaolin Hou
Lifting Ye
Liqin Ye
Ronggao Zhang
Xinyang Zhang

Jiayan "Jenny" Shi

Jiayan "Jenny" Shi is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker and video journalist who is passionate about social justice issues regarding people of color. Her debut documentary "Finding Yingying" (MTV Documentary Films) premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and won the Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice. The film has since garnered awards worldwide including a China Academy Award of Documentary Films.

Brent Huffman

Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, producer, writer, and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. His work ranges from documentaries aired on Netflix, The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS, and Al Jazeera, to Sundance Film Festival premieres, to ethnographic films made for the China Exploration and Research Society. He has also directed, produced, shot, and edited documentaries for online outlets like The New York Times, TIME, Salon, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and PBS Arts.

Jolene Pinder

Jolene Pinder is a documentary producer and arts administrator with 15 years of experience in the independent film space. Most recently, she helped launch and served as the inaugural executive director of #CreateLouisiana, a grantmaking and mentorship non-profit designed to champion Louisiana talent in film. Recent grantees supported through #CreateLouisiana have attracted national attention, including 2019 Tribeca multi-award winner Phillip Youmans for his film Burning Cane.

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. 

Mark Mitten

Co-Chair, Marketing and Development Committee

Mark Mitten is an award-winning producer who has created a variety of media and entertainment projects. Most recently he originated and produced the internationally acclaimed documentary Abacus: Small Enough To Jail, directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams), which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Abacus was nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and was named best Political Documentary by the Critic’s Choice Awards.

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.

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.

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.

Joanna Lakatos

Director of Development

Joanna Lakatos joined Kartemquin Films in 2016 as the organization’s Director of Development, bringing 13 years of experience in non-profit management, development and marketing communications – with a deep and longstanding interest in media, the arts and social change. Her areas of expertise include individual and major giving, corporate and foundation relations, special events strategy, strategic planning and campaign management.

Laura Gomez-Mesquita

Director of Programs and Engagement

Laura joins the Kartemquin team in the Spring of 2018 as the Programs and Engagement Manager. Her duties include overseeing and supporting the KTQ Labs, Diverse Voices in Doc programs. In her role, she will also be supporting the development of impact and engagement strategies for Kartemquin co-productions. She is thrilled to join a community of creatives seeking to make social change through the power of film.

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.

Tikahya Lampley

Finance Associate

Tikahya has always had a passion for writing and mathematics. During her high school career, she was in the Creative Writing Club and an e-Board member for the Young Accountants Club. In college, she initially intended on majoring in Journalism with a minor in Finance. During the first two years of college, she noticed she loved creative writing as a hobby and not as a career, resulting in changing majors to Human Resources with the study of Finance. She loves connecting with people, solving problems and making the world a better place one number or word at a time.

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.

Anuradha Rana

DVID Creative Lead

Anuradha Rana is an independent filmmaker and educator who has produced and directed award-winning films internationally. Born and raised in India, her immigrant roots create the lens of a curious interloper at the heart of her films, where everyday characters push conventional boundaries. She is currently in production on Language of Opportunity, a feature length documentary about how language informs personal and cultural identity. The film was selected for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Fellowship 2019, and the TFI Network in 2020.

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.

Elise Schierbeek

Archive and Distribution Associate

Elise serves as the Archive and Distribution Associate, managing Kartemquin's digital collections, coordinating licensing and print traffic, as well as consulting on archival strategy with KTQ filmmakers. Elise joined the Kartemquin team in 2019, serving as the primary attendant to the Kartemquin Archive Project, a decades-long effort to inventory and preserve the aging media and ephemera from KTQ's 55 years of independent documentary filmmaking.

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.

Resita Cox

Resita is a North Carolina-born, Chicago-based independent filmmaker and artist. Resita launched her career in journalism at WTVD-TV in Raleigh, NC and WCTI-TV in New Bern, NC as a multimedia journalist and news reporter. Resita transitioned from news media to documentary film in 2018, where she was named a Chicago Filmmakers Digital Media Production Grantee for her film, Regrowth, which is about food and environmental justice on the West Side of Chicago.