Director
Brandon Kramer
Producer
Lance Kramer
Cinematographer
Emily Topper
Editors
Steven Golliday
Natasha Livia Mottola
Leslie Simmer
Sara Fusco
Executive Producers
Abigail E. Disney
Regina K. Scully
Robert F. Smith
Deon & Roxanne Taylor
Brad Buhr & Bryanna Sapp
Christina & David Arquette
Daniel S. Loeb
Jana Carter
Contributing producer
Clara Wu Tsai
Executive Producer
Jana Carter
Supervising Editor
Lewis Erskine
Consulting Editor
Gordon Quinn
Carol Dysinger
Edwin Martinez
Consulting Producer
Gordon Quinn
Marilyn Ness
Katy Chevigny
Story Consultant
Chris Jenkins
Archival Producer
Amilca Palmer
Composer
Joshua Abrams
Original Song
Aloe Blacc

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. 

Katy Chevigny

Katy Chevigny is an award-winning filmmaker and partner at Big Mouth Productions. She has produced a dozen feature-length documentaries as well as short form films, videos and webisodes for nonprofit and corporate clients. Her documentaries include Election Day (2007), which premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, with a PBS broadcast in 2008. With Kirsten Johnson, she co-directed Deadline, an investigation into Illinois Governor George Ryan’s commutation of death sentences.

Joshua Abrams

Joshua Abrams has composed scores for 7 feature films, 6 short films, and the themes for StoryCorps Animated Shorts. His music has appeared in Oscar-nominated and Emmy award-winning films by directors Steve James and Bill Siegel, as well as films by Aaron Wickenden, Dan Rybicky, Jamie Meltzer, Dinesh Sabu, and Simon Starling. Joshua's score for Life Itself earned him a nomination for best score of 2015 from Cinema Eye Honors.

Aloe Blacc

With “Wake Me Up”—the 2013 mega-hit he sang and co-wrote with Swedish DJ Avicii that reached #1 in 102 countries across the globe—Aloe Blacc proved himself as a singer/songwriter with an irresistible power to capture the complexities of human emotion. Nominated for a 2015 Grammy for Best R&B Album, Blacc’s third solo album “Lift Your Spirit” pushes the rapper-turned-singer further into a folk/soul/pop fusion that is both joyful and eye-opening in message.