Written, Produced and Directed by
Joanna Rudnick
Producer, Executive Producer
Gordon Quinn
Beth Iams
Leslie Simmer
Original Music
Erin O’hara
Samantha Olschan
Dizzy Giant
Dan Sharkey
Matt Sharkey
Dana Kupper
Gordon Quinn
Ines Sommer
Cynthia Wade
Additional camera
Neil Barrett
Beth Iams
Joanna Rudnick
Zak Piper
Additional Sound
Judy Karp
Paul Rusnak
Mary Wong
Justine Nagan
Jim Morrissette
Assistant Editor
Liz Kaar
Dig It Audio Inc.
Tom Efinger - Sound Supervisor, Re-recording mixer
John Moros - Sound Design
Nicholas J. Schenck - Assistant Sound Editor
Nolo Digital Film, LLC
Mike Matusek - Digital Colorist
Joe Flanagan - Producer
Boris Seagraves - Engineer
AnswersMedia Inc.
Marilyn Wulff – Editor
Patrick Yackley – Producer
Hunter Andre – Account Executive
Experimental Sound Studio
Tim Shaw – Engineer
Steve James
David Simpson
Yvonne Afable
Joyce Schmitt
Legal Services
Peter Jaszi
Robert Labate
Holland & Knight
Jennie Gambach
Outreach Coordinator
Beckie Stocchetti
Kartemquin Interns/Production Assitants
Mary Adekoya
Dorian Anderson
Michael Carney
Michael Chandler
Leah Daly
Shana East
Tobiah Gaster
Sari Gelzer
Ryan Gilbert
Bryce Goodman
Elliot Greenberger
Susan Hanrahan
Kirsten Johnson
Amadi Jordan Walker
Brendan Kirwin
Jessi Knowles
Danielle Krudy
Matt Lauterbach
Ahnna Lee
Todd Lillethun
Charle Luckett
Meghan McGillan
Fouzia Najar
Nick Nummerdor
Kevin O’Dowd
Neal Patel
Jackie K. Robinson
Dinesh Sabu
Tom Salek
Brian Schodorf
Katie Schulz
Rich Simpson
Chad Smith
Ivana Stolkiner
Sarah Wagley
Aziza Ngozi Walker
Katherine Weber
Matt Wittmer
Ellen Wohlberg
Sally Jo Fifer
(1960 – 2006)

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. 

Beth Iams

Director of Project Research

Beth is the Director of Project Research and has been working with Kartemquin since 2005. Currently, she is the Co-Producer of In the Family, a documentary feature exploring the impact of genetic testing for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer gene. The film will be broadcast nationally on the series "P.O.V." on PBS in Fall 2008. In addition to her production role, Beth is also coordinating the outreach and education campaign around the film.

Neil Barrett

Neil Barrett is a British director of photography who has worked on over 30 broadcast documentary films for National Geographic, BBC, PBS, Discovery, The History Channel, NBC, ABC and CNN. Three of his feature documentaries - The Woodmans (2010), The Other City (2009), and Kicking it (2008) - have been released theatrically in the United States. His work has won several awards: a Columbia Dupont award for excellence in journalism, the Edward R. Murrow award for a documentary on the civil war in Liberia, and four Cine Golden Eagle Awards.

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: Chicago Story (working title) with producer/director Steve James; Until the Lion Speaks (working title), for Concordia Studio, with co-directors Bing Liu and Joshua Altman; and Generation Food (working title), a film he is also co-directing/producing with Raj Patel and producer Rachel Wexler.

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.

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.

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.

Yvonne Afable

Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Yvonne P. Afable was Kartemquin's Director of Finance from 2004-2012, before transitioning to the Board of Directors. A graduate of DePaul University, Yvonne has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting & Finance. She is a Certified Management Accountant with 16 years of accounting experience. She was an auditor for two years before beginning her career in the not-for-profit industry. She monitored the budget and assisted with investments for the American College of Surgeons before becoming the Assistant Accounting Manager.