Maria Finitzo
Mary Morrissette
Executive Producers
Gordon Quinn
Justine Nagan
Katerina Simic
Leslie Simmer
Liz Kaar
Directors of Cinematography
Peter Gilbert
Dana Kupper
Ines Sommer
Original Music
Sam Kassirer
Associate Producers
Shuling Yong
Kristina Divjak Eschmeyer
Outreach Coordinator
Diane Moy Quon
John Mathie
Matt Vogel
Sharon Frye
Zak Piper
Fenell Doremus
Cody Wallace
Technical Director
Jim Morrissette
High Definition Finish
Nolo Digital Film
Digital Colorist
Elliot Rudmann
Online Edit
Boris Seagraves
Producer at Nolo Digital Film
Joe Flanagan
Sound Mix
Mark Bandy
Titles & Graphics
Dan Sharkey
Jenna Caravello
Additional camera
Jim Morrissette
Keith Walker
Adam Singer
Ian Kibbe
Shuling Yong
Jeff Perlman
Additional Editor
Nora Gully
Post-Production Supervisor
Ryan Gleeson
Post-Production Manager
Hillary Bachelder
Matt Lauterbach
Assistant Editor
Eugene Kobayashi
Production assistants
Mary Scherer
Rachel Rozycki
Rachel Dickson
William Thwaites
Biliana Grozdanova
Brent Bandemer
Ruben Daniels, Jr.
Evan Dolan
Kate Donalek
Kevin Hammontree
Stacy Moon
Eileen O'Donnell
Emily Strong
Kartemquin Director of Finance and Operations
Suzanne Niemoth
Kartemquin Director of Communications and Distribution
Tim Horsburgh
Kartemquin Director of Programs and Engagement
Beckie Stocchetti
Accounting Managers
Alex Stein
Marriah Kern
Kartemquin Staff
Eleanor Bryan
Alison Hanold
Nancy McDonald
Alanna Schmelter
Alex Skalamenos
Kartemquin Production Assistants
Bucher Almzain
Arpita Aneja
Hillary Bachelder
Brent Bandemer
Phillip Batta
Ryan Bedore
Chris Bentley
Andrea Blake
Ryan Buckley
Clancy Calkins
Ranjani Chakraborty
Melissa Coleman
Reid Compton
Alexandra Cox
Rubin Daniels, Jr.
Brooklyn Demme
Rachel Dickson
Evan Dolan
Dain Evans
John Fecile
Nick Fraccaro
Kevin Fullam
Spenser Gabin
Brian Gersten
Rachel Glass
Ryan Gleeson
Hans Glick
Kazuko Golden
Martine Granby
David Granskog
Biliana Grozdanova
Elena Guobyte
Kevin Hammontree
Mary Horan
Morgan Johnson
Marriah Kern
Nushmia Khan
Tracy Ko
Eugene Kobayashi
Naomi Kothbauer
Patrick Lile
Lauren Makholm
Hley Martin
Thomas Mathew
Aniluz Mercedes
Rondell Merrill
Stacy Moon
Jessica Naudziunas
Gabrielle Ntsimi
Eileen O'Donnell
Orion Pahl
Jeff Perlman
Katie Prentiss
Joe Riina-Ferrie
Hannah Roodman
Rachel Rozycki
Rosa Gaia Saunders
Ben Schamisso
Matt Sezer
Ayesha Siddiqi
Philister Sidigu
Alex Skalomenos
Nehemiah Stark
Natalie Stone
Emily Strong
Stephanie Sunata
Daria Taylor
Will Thwaites
Stanzi Vaubel
Jonathan Vogel
Julian Walker
Cody Wallace
Cassie Wierenga
Justin Williams
Felix Ofosu Yeboah
Kristen Zelenka
Funding provided by
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Illinois Arts Council
Illinois Humanities Council

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).

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. 

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.

Shuling Yong

Shuling Yong is a Singapore-born, Chicago-based documentary filmmaker, sound recordist and DP with a passion for social change. She has worked on films like Radical Grace (Hot Docs, 2015, dir. Rebecca Parrish), America to Me (Sundance, 2018, dir. Steve James), and And She Could Be Next (dir. Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.