Series Producer
Maggie Bowman
Series Editors / Co-Directors
Liz Kaar
David E. Simpson
Jose & Elizabeth Story Director
Katy Chevigny
DJ & Takita Story Director
Maria Finitzo
Emilia Story Director
Ruth Leitman
Percy & Beverly Story Director
Brad Lichtenstein
Hilton & Diana Story Director
Joanna Rudnick
Executive Producers
Steve James
Justine Nagan
Gordon Quinn
Mary Morrissette
Elizabeth Stanton
Associate Editor / Post Production Supervisor
Hillary Bachelder
Original Music
Norman Arnold
Opening Song
Aloe Blacc
Elizabeth Laidlaw
Titles & Graphics
Mode Project
Vicente Franco
Dana Kupper
Mike Seely
Adam Singer
Ines Sommer
Keith Walker
Brett Wiley
Additional camera
Gregory Bishop
Andy Black
Yoni Brook
Ryan Buckley
Margaret Byrne
Rachel Dickson
Derek Grace
Damon Hennessey
Ian Kibbe
Brandon Kramer
Brad Lichtenstein
Jose Merino
Charlene Music
Darryl Parham
Stan Staniski
Michael Wilson
Location Sound
Brian Buckley
Andre Dahlman
Sharon Frye
Anton Herbert
John Mathie
Lauretta Molitor
Rich Pooler
Patrick Tillmann
Additional Sound
Greg Breazeale
Alan Chow
Ray Day
Jacob Fatke
Paul Flinton
Derek Hanson
Zak Piper
Mark Power
Ted Roth
Paul Rusnak
Phil Turner
Matt Vogel
Field Associate Producers
Erika Brekke
Rachel Dickson
John Fecile
Morgan Johnson
Lance Kramer
Field Translators
Sheree Escoto
Sandy Juarez
Erika Retana-Ortiz
Javi Ventura
Production assistants
Ryan Buckley
Ja’anai Delaney
Tamara Fouche
Carley Mostar
Nick Price
Jennifer Quintana
Erika Retana-Ortiz
Rachel Rozycki
Mary Scherer
John Tait
Technical Supervisor / Colorist
Jim Morrissette
Online Editor
Karen Lynn Weinberg
Victor Sanders
Assistant Editors
Holly L. De Ruyter
Karen Lynn Weinberg
Sound Mix
Mark Bandy
Post-Production Consultant
Charlie Langrall
Post-Production Assistants
Alan Callaghan
David DeJong
Jeff Perlman
Online Post Assistant
Alanna Schmelter
Opening Sequence Design
Kathleen Chee
Opening Sequence Photography
Morrigan McCarthy
Archival Research
Emily Hart
Additional Research
Heather Courtney
Anelisa Garfunkel
Josephine Ferorelli
Final Draft Business Support Services
Hans Glick
Biliana Grozdanova
Marina Grozdanova
Eugene Kobayashi
Additional Design
Britta Hernalsteen
Jihad Lahham
Rose Rutzen
Additional Graphics Compositing
Jenna Caravello
Peter DiCamillo
Post-Production Translation
Biliana Grozdanova
Argelia Morales
Expert Advisors
Marc Doussard, University of Illinois
Andrew Greenlee, University of Illinois
Anne Ladky, Women Employed
Rachel Schneider, Center for Financial Services Innovation
Holland & Knight LLP
Fair use consultant
Peter Jaszi
Kartemquin Finance & Operations Director
Suzanne Niemoth
Kartemquin Bookkeeping
Marriah Kern
Alex Stein
Will Thwaites
Kartemquin Films Staff
Eleanor Bryan
Tamara Fouche
Ryan Gleeson
Nora Gully
Alison Hanold
Tim Horsburgh
Eugene Kobayashi
Matt Lauterbach
Nancy McDonald
Leslie Simmer
Beckie Stocchetti
Kartemquin Interns
Bucher Almzain
Arpita Aneja
Brent Bandemer
Clancy Calkins
Alexandra Cox
Rubin Daniels, Jr.
Brooklyn Demme
Evan Dolan
Hans Glick
Kazuko Golden
Martine Granby
Kevin Hammontree
Marriah Kern
Eugene Kobayashi
Rondell Merrill
Stacy Moon
Jessica Naudziunas
Eileen O'Donnell
Nehemiah Stark
Emily Strong
Stephanie Sunata
Daria Taylor
Will Thwaites
Justin Williams
For Al Jazeera America
Series Producer: Cynthia Kane
Documentary Unit: Diana El-Osta, Ashley Kenny, David Lawrence Johnson
Executive Producer: Carrie Lozano
SVP, Programs and Documentary: Shannon High-Bassalik
President, Al Jazeera America: Kate O'Brian

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.

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. 

Katy Chevigny

Katy Chevigny is an award-winning filmmaker and partner at Big Mouth Productions. She has produced a dozen feature-length documentaries as well as short form films, videos and webisodes for nonprofit and corporate clients. Her documentaries include Election Day (2007), which premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, with a PBS broadcast in 2008. With Kirsten Johnson, she co-directed Deadline, an investigation into Illinois Governor George Ryan’s commutation of death sentences.

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.

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.

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. 

Mary Morrissette

Mary Morrissette is a Chicago-based producer who, most recently, was the Producer for In the Game, a Kartemquin film following a high school soccer coach teaching girls about winning in life and the determination of three Hispanic girls in their quest for a higher education (2015).

Elizabeth Stanton

Elizabeth Stanton is a journalist who works in the fields of print, documentary, and multimedia journalism. Her written work has appeared in the New York Times, the Tico Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Chicago Tribune. She has worked on production projects throughout the U.S. and Central/South America for various outlets, including PBS, the History Channel, and the U.S. State Department. She recently produced a short film about the minimum wage with director Steve James as part of the We the Economy film series.

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.

Norman Arnold

Norman Arnold has composed and produced music for some of the highest-rated programs on television. He has also created music and themes for several award-winning documentary films that address our Nation’s most important issues including: The War Tapes; Ask Not; The New Americans; Beyond Conception; and Big Joy. Television programs include The Ellen DeGeneres Show; Anderson Cooper Live; CNN New Day; The Bachelor; National Geographic Presents; and Modern Marvels.

Aloe Blacc

With “Wake Me Up”—the 2013 mega-hit he sang and co-wrote with Swedish DJ Avicii that reached #1 in 102 countries across the globe—Aloe Blacc proved himself as a singer/songwriter with an irresistible power to capture the complexities of human emotion. Nominated for a 2015 Grammy for Best R&B Album, Blacc’s third solo album “Lift Your Spirit” pushes the rapper-turned-singer further into a folk/soul/pop fusion that is both joyful and eye-opening in message.

Elizabeth Laidlaw

Elizabeth Laidlaw has been a professional stage, film and voice actor in Chicago and regionally for over 20 years. Onstage she appeared this past autumn as The Pilot in George Brant’s Grounded, and recently finished shooting the feature film Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, due for release this spring.

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.

Rachel Dickson

Rachel Dickson is an independent filmmaker based in Chicago with a background in journalism and Spanish translation. She produced ‘63 Boycott with Kartemquin Films, which was named on the Academy Awards shortlist for Best Documentary Short Subject, won the Jury Award for Best Short Documentary at the Nashville Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and was an official selection of the Museum of Modern Art Doc Fortnight and the DOC NYC Short List.

Ian Kibbe

Ian Robertson Kibbe is a freelance filmmaker, writer, producer and musician with over 10 years experience as a producer, director and editor. Ian was the engagement coordinator for the award-winning PBS documentary, The Calling, and its companion campaign, What’s Your Calling (The Kindling Group) and also the engagement coordinator for the Emmy nominated, designer cult hit, Typeface (Kartemquin Films). Ian is currently working on the upcoming Kartemquin documentaries, Raising Bertie and Unbroken Glass. Ian's work has appeared on PBS, CNN, G4, The Health Care Blog, Billboard Magazine and the Huffington Post.

Darryl Parham

With over 20 years of experience behind the lens, Darryl has made a commitment to producing visual solutions that meet the creative and technical demands of a diverse clientele. Having the ability to move from behind the camera to the role of a producer has allowed him the unique perspective of being able to tell a captivating story from concept to completion. His projects have given him extensive national and international experience, providing him the necessary skills to adapt to a variety of situations and work with people of various cutlures.

Zak Piper

Zak is an Emmy and PGA award-winning documentary filmmaker who has made films for over 15 years.

Currently, Zak is producing several feature films: City So Real with producer/director Steve James; Until the Lion Speaks (working title), for Concordia Studio, with co-directors Bing Liu and Joshua Altman; and The Ants and the Grasshopper (working title), a film he is also co-directing/producing with Raj Patel and producer Rachel Wexler.

Karen Lynn Weinberg

Karen's editing credits include Spilled Water (PBS Broadcast), One Night Stand (nationwide theatrical release, Ovation channel; also Associate Produced), Certainty (Boston Film Festival ‘ Best Editing’ award, theatrical release), episodes of MysteryQuest and Clash of the Gods (the History Channel), and the documentary short,

Alanna Schmelter

Alanna Schmelter is a film & television editor with a concentration in narrative non-fiction & documentary. After graduating with a degree in film editing from Columbia College Chicago, she started her career by cutting comedy at the world-renowned Second City. She has since edited series for National Geographic, Travel Channel, Ovation and A&E.

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

Eugene Kobayashi

Post-Production Assistant

Eugene is a Post Production Assistant. He works on various aspects in the finishing of a film. His responsibilities include media management, online editing, and creating exports for festivals and distributors. Eugene is a former intern at Kartemquin and worked extensively on the show Hard Earned. Most recently, he was the assistant editor for In the Game.

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.

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.

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.