Margaret Byrne
Ian Kibbe
Director of Photography/Producer
Jon Stuyvesant
Executive Producer
J. Cole
Justine Nagan
Gordon Quinn
Betsy Steinberg
Leslie Simmer
Original Score
Eric Andrew Kuhn
Original Music and Title Track
J. Cole / Dreamville Records
Written By
Margaret Byrne
Leslie Simmer
Story Consultant
Gordon Quinn
Director of Production, Kartemquin Films
Hillary Bachelder
Post Production Supervisor
Ryan Gleeson
Additional camera
Margaret Byrne
Additional Editor
Hillary Bachelder
Ryan Gleeson
Assistant Editor
Francis Cedro
Eugene Kobayashi
Nancy McDonald
Editing Consultant
David Teague
Technical Supervisor
Jim Morrissette
Additional Music Composed by
Robin Landy
Drew Anagnost
Leah Gibson
Jonathan Henderson
Eric Kuhn
Robin Landy
Dina Maccabee
Lewis Patzner
Rachel Rollins
Music Mixed by
Ari Picker
Eric Kuhn
Mark Argenti
Jillian Dudziak
High Definition Finish
Nolo Digital Film
Digital Colorist
Elliot Rudmann
Boris Seagraves
Online Edit
Elliot Rudmann
Boris Seagraves
Producer at Nolo Digital Film
Joe Flanagan
Assistant at Nolo Digital Film
Marina Monks
Re-recording mixer/Dialog Editor
Michel Marrano
Re–recording mixer/Sound Editor
Aaron Keane
Audio Post Supervisor
Eric W. Johnson
Executive Director, Kartemquin Films
Betsy Steinberg
Vice President of Finance and Operations, Kartemquin Films
Suzanne Niemoth
Director of Communications and Distribution, Kartemquin Films
Tim Horsburgh
Director of Programs and Engagement, Kartemquin Films
Beckie Stocchetti
Finance, Kartemquin Films
Marriah Kern
Pedro Urgiles
Development Associate
Mo Johnson
Office and Events Associate
Emily Strong
Diverse Voices in Documentary Coordinator
Justin Williams
Kartemquin Post Production Manager
Al Williams
Lauren Feinman
Matt Mele
Andrea Swanson
Will Swanson
Legal Counsel to Kartemquin Films
Holland & Knight LLP
Robert Labate
Joi Thomas
Cheryl Kang
Additional Kartemquin Staff
Eleanor Bryan
Gregory Collins
Colleen Fitzpatrick
Tamara Fouche
Maria Galent
Nicole Gotthelf
Alison Hanold
Andrew Jones
Matt Lauterbach
Christine McAlonan
Alex Stein
Kartemquin Interns
Abbie Brasch
Alexander Skalomenos
Alexandra Cox
Andrea Blake
Aniluz Mercedes
Anna Hull
Arpita Aneja
Ashley Mills
Ben Schamisso
Brent Bandemer
Brian Gersten
Brooklyn Demme
Bucher Almzain
Carlos Cova
Charlie Kessler
Clancy Calkins
Cody Wallace
Dain Evans
Daria Taylor
David Granskog
Douglas Henry
Eileen O'Donnell
Emily Strong
Erica Avery
Eugene Kobayashi
Evan Dolan
Eve Studnicka
Felix Ofosu Yeboah
Hannie Lee
Hans Glick
Jessica Naudziunas
Justin Williams
Kayla Lane Freeman
Kazuko Golden
Kevin Hammontree
Kristen Zelenka
Kristin Leffler
Laura Kinter
Madeleine Burdzy
Marcus Davis
Marriah Kern
Martine Granby
Michael Zarowny
Mihaela Popescu
Natalie Stone
Nehemiah Stark
Nushmia Khan
Rachel Dickson
Rachel Glass
Rachel Rozycki
Reginald Rice
Reid Compton
Rondell Merrill
Rubin Daniels Jr
Spenser Gabin
Stacy Moon
Stephanie Sunata
Tracy Ko
Will Thwaites
Zachary Vanes
Beti Films Interns
Minjin Han
Mimi Wilcox
Funding provided by
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Ford Foundation
One Economy Corporation
The Dobkin Family
Southern Documentary Fund
Harper Foundation
David Roswell & Maggie Heraty
Mark Trustin & Marcia Angle
Denny Cummings
Chaz Ebert
Judy Rice
Amy & Michael Tiemann
With Support From
Raymond Byrne
IFP Labs
Cucalorus Film Festival

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.

Jon Stuyvesant

Jon Stuyvesant is originally from Chicago, but currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He has been working in documentary film for over a decade and has also worked on a wide range of television shows for a host of networks. Jon earned a BFA in Film & Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he studied under a very talented faculty including Jennifer Reeder, an award winning filmmaker/video artist, and Jim Morrisette, the current Technical Director at Kartemquin.

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. 

Betsy Steinberg

Executive Director

Executive Director Betsy Steinberg joined Kartemquin in December 2015 and oversees daily operations, development, and serves as Executive Producer on Kartemquin projects. Prior to Kartemquin she spent eight years as Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office where she she spearheaded Illinois’ transformation into a world class film destination. She was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois film tax credit and implemented an overall business development strategy resulting in over $1 billion in direct economic impact.

Hillary Bachelder

Hillary Bachelder is a former Kartemquin intern turned staff member now working as a freelance editor, producer, and director in Chicago. Hillary first began her Kartemquin staff life as a night shift assistant editor for the Emmy-award winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Hillary went on to become Post Production Manager and then Director of Production at Kartemquin, managing teams, collaborating with filmmakers, and ultimately earning credits on over a dozen recent Kartemquin projects.

Ryan Gleeson

Post-Production Manager

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Ryan first joined the Kartemquin family as an intern of Xan Aranda and assisted in the rollout of her film Andrew Bird: Fever Year. Later, as an intern at Kartemquin, he worked on a range of tasks including contributing to outreach on The Interrupters, assisting in editing of the demo of Living Revolution, and helping with Kartemquin’s first KTQ Labs Spring Showcase.

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.

Nancy McDonald

Production Manager

Nancy first joined the documentary community as an intern of filmmaker Xan Aranda and assisted on her film Andrew Bird: Fever Year. She then worked for several years as Production Coordinator on an educational children's television show, Green Screen Adventures. Her roles there included costume design/styling for which she was nominated for a National Daytime Emmy.

Suzanne Niemoth

Vice President of Finance & Operations

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

Director of Communications and Distribution

Tim Horsburgh is Kartemquin’s Director of Communications and Distribution. Since 2009, he has driven marketing, audience engagement, public relations, and social media for Kartemquin and all their films. In March 2014 he began overseeing Kartemquin's distribution strategy. He is also responsible for assessing and managing potential new Kartemquin documentary projects.

Emily Strong

Programs and Engagement Manager

Emily Strong is committed to sharing and supporting authentic and inspiring stories from diverse perspectives that stimulate conversation, unite people, and express humanity. She is grateful to have the opportunity to do this every day running the Internship, KTQ Labs, and Diverse Voices in Documentary programs at Kartemquin, cultivating and producing over 42 filmmakers each year.

Justin Williams

Diverse Voices in Docs Coordinator

Justin Williams has worked as a communications and arts management professional to enhance the outreach and impact of theaters, businesses, and individuals. He has been affiliated with Kartemquin beginning in 2014 – first as an intern then as an Associate Producer. He is glad to return to Kartemquin in the role of Diverse Voices in Docs coordinator as the company further commits and invests in documentaries produced by filmmakers of color.

Rachel Dickson

Rachel Dickson is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Chicago. Before working in film, she worked as a print and radio journalist in Latin America. She is currently the Supervising Producer of The School Project, a series of short documentaries and webisodes about public education collaboratively produced by Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, Media Process Group, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, and Free Spirit Media.