Ruth Leitman
Rachel Rozycki
Susan Kerns
Ellen Barnard
Executive Producer
Gordon Quinn
Betsy Steinberg
Caryn Capotosto
Level Forward
Andrea Raby
Alanna Schmelter

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.

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. 

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.