Produced and Directed by
Maria Finitzo
Executive Producer
Gordon Quinn
Associate Producer
Justine Nagan
Michael O’Brien
David E. Simpson
Janet Sutcliffe
Director of Photography
Jim Morrissette
Ines Sommer
Additional camera
Jason Longo
Slawomir Grunberg
Stan Staniski
Justine Nagan
Original Music
Joel Diamond
Jack Bashkow - Flute and oboe
Joel Diamond - Piano and clarinet
Karen Waltuch - Strings
Additional Music
John Keltonic
Rich Pooler
Byron Smith
Zak Piper
Adam Singer
Additional Sound
Juan Rodriguez
Matt Vogel
Michael Kranicke
Steve Clack
Post Production Technical Director
Jim Morrissette
Post Production Assistant
Zak Piper
Liz Kaar
Editorial Consultant
Steve James
Kartemquin Staff
Justine Nagan
Zak Piper
Gordon Quinn
Joanna Rudnick
Leslie Simmer
Yvonne Afable
Animation & Opening Credits
Sol FX Design Chicago
Additional Graphic Design
Dizzy Giant
Interns/Production Assitants
Ahnna Lee
Amadi Jordan-Walker
Beckie Stocchetti
Brendan Kirwin
Bryce Goodman
Chad Owen
Charle Luckett
Danielle Krudy
Dorian Anderson
Ellen Wohlberg
Fouzia Najar
Ivana Stolkiner
Katie Weber
Kevin O’Dowd
Kirsten Johnson
Matt Wittmer
Meghan McGillen
Michael Carney
Rich Simpson
Ryan Gilbert
Sara Wagley
Sari Gezler
Shana East
Susan Hanrahan
Tobiah Gaster
Todd Lillethun

Gordon Quinn

Founder and Senior Advisor

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.

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. 

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.

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.