Director/Producer/Editor
Brent Huffman
Producer
Zak Piper
Co-Producer
Xiaoli Zhou
Executive Producer
Justine Nagan
Gordon Quinn
Julia Reichert
Cinematographer/Sound
Brent Huffman
Co-Editor and Post Production Manager
Matt Lauterbach
Consulting Editor
Jim Klein
Fixer/Translator
Najibullah Sedeqe
Original Score
Homayoun Sakhi
Outreach Coordinator
Max Asaf

Brent Huffman

Director/Producer/Editor, Cinematographer/Sound

Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, writer, and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. His work ranges from documentaries aired on The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS and Al Jazeera, to Sundance Film Festival premieres, to ethnographic films made for the China Exploration and Research Society. He has also directed, produced, shot, and edited short documentaries for online outlets like The New York Times, TIME, Salon, Huffington Post and PBS Arts. Huffman has been making social issue documentaries and environmental films for more than a decade in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These films have gone on to win numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy, Best Conservation Film-Jackson Hole, Best Documentary-Fresno, three Cine Golden Eagle Awards, a College Emmy, a Student Academy Award, and a Grand Jury Award at AFI’s SILVERDOCS.

Zak Piper

Producer

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

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

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. 

Jim Klein

Consulting Editor

James Klein has been an independent filmmaker since 1970. With his partner, Julia Reichert, he created such innovative documentaries as Growing Up Female, the first documentary about women from a feminist perspective which was selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress; Union Maids, one of the first oral history films and an Academy Award nominee; Methadone: An American Way of Dealing, which challenged government policies on heroin addiction; and Seeing Red, a film about American communists that was nominated for an Academy Award. He is a founder of New Day Films. Klein's first solo documentary, Letter to the Next Generation, contrasts the political attitudes of today's college students with those of college students 20 years ago, and Taken For a Ride confronts the controversial reasons for the failures of public transit in America.

Max Asaf

Outreach Coordinator

Max joined Kartemquin's staff in the fall of 2016, after a KTQ internship following his graduation from the University of Chicago. Max’s duties as Development Coordinator provides strategic support for organizational fundraising alongside the Director of Development. These fundraising efforts include leading the KTQ Membership program, grant writing, special event planning, and corporate sponsorships. Max also supports the Director of Development in providing fundraising support to KTQ’s filmmaking teams.