Director/Producers
Anne de Mare
Kirsten Kelly
Executive Producers
Gordon Quinn
Justine Nagan
Andrew Schwertfeger
Writers
Anne de Mare
Kirsten Kelly
Leslie Simmer
Editor
Leslie Simmer
Music by
Greg Kalember
Camera
Anne de Mare
Kirsten Kelly
Sound
Derek Hanson
John Mathie
Zak Piper
Rich Pooler
Sound design and mix
Mike Frank
Titles and graphics
Dizzy Giant
Designer
Dan Sharkey
Color
Jim Morrissette
Co-Producer
Katie Taber
Associate Producers
Jennifer Greenfield
Tristan Hanson
Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
Mary Jan Pories
William Thwaites
Original music produced and recorded by
Greg Kalember
Sonic Highway Music & Sound
Sound design & re-recording mixer
Mike Frank
Final Frame
Assistant sound effects mixer
Gaelan Mullins
Additional camera
Dinesh Sabu
Sammy Vega
Keith Walker
Tony Williams
Production assistants
Bea Bosco
Matt Hawkins
Joel Moritz
Technical Advisor
Jim Morrissette
Technical consultants
Nora Gully
Ryan Gleeson
Additional post production
Matt Lauterbach
Mastering
Final Frame
Assistant Editors
Hillary Bachelder
Philipp Batta
Lauren Callaghan
Brian Gersten
Ryan Gleeson
Research
Ani Mercedes
Additional graphics
Kristen Zelenka
Transcription
Madeline Field
Rachel Glass
Haley Rose Martin
Thomas Mathew
Aniluz Mercedes
Julianna Nunez
Rachel Rozycki
Kristen Zelenka
Translation
Rachel Dickson
Advisors
Kate Amend
Carol Dysinger
Tom Haneke
Victor Livingston
Robb Moss
Jean Tsien
Assistant Editor
Carlos Rojas
Kartemquin Films Director of Communications & Distribution
Tim Horsburgh
Impact producer
Erin Sorenson, Third Stage Consulting
Grant writing
Bea Bosco
Chicago outreach coordinator
Dawn Dewald
Kartemquin Finance
Suzanne Niemoth
Yvonne Afable
Maria Galent
Christine McAlonan
Alex Stein
Additional Kartemquin Films staff
Ian Kibbe
Tamara Fouche
Alison Hanold
Matt Lauterbach
Beckie Stocchetti
Fair use consultant
Peter Jaszi
Spargel Productions Accountant
Jerry Adler
Kartemquin Films Interns
Rosa Gaia Saunders
Julian Walker
Matt Sezer
Ryan Buckley
David Granskog
Ben Schamisso
Kofi Ofosu Yeboah
Rachel Dickson
Reid Compton
Andrea Blake
Nushmia Khan
Dain Evans
Natalie Stone
Alexander Skalomenos
Cody Wallace
Spenser Gabin
Tracy Ko
Alex Cox
Stacy Moon
Marriah Kern
Arpita Aneja
Kazuko Golden
Stephanie Sunata
Bucher Almzain
Rondell Merrill
Eugene Kobayashi
Justin Williams
Brooklyn Demme
A Very Special Thanks to
Kathy Im
Alex Kotlowitz
Cara Mertes
Lauren Pabst
Maryanne Philbin
Debbie Resnick
Elspeth Revere
Kat White
Thanks to
Sundance Institute Documentary Project
Kristin Feeley
John Cardellino
Rahdi Taylor
Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs
Chicken & Egg Pictures
Julie Parker Benello
Wendy Ettinger
Judith Helfand
BritDocs
Jess Search
Beadie Finzi
Sandi DuBowski
Elise McCave
Stephanie Little
Tricia Finneran
GoodPitch Chicago
Danny Alpert
Steve Cohen
Paula Froele
John Murray
Justine Nagan
Erin Sorenson
Naomi Walker
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The CPS Shakespeare Program
Marilyn Halperin
Criss Henderson
E. Brooke Flanagan
For Hamlet
Music & Sound Design
Lindsay Jones & James Savage
Fight Choreographer
Matt Hawkins
Lighting Design
Joel Moritz
Costume Design
Robert Kuhn
Chicago Public Schools Students in Temporary Living Situations Program
Amber Damerow
Tabitha Koylass
Tremel Daniel
Southside Coordinator
Marcellus Summers
Chicago HOPES
Patricia Rivera
Luis Valadez
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Beth Cunningham
The Night Ministry
Paul Hamann
Tedd Peso
Teen Living Programs
Jeri Linas
Mary Coy
Betty Bogg
Year Up Chicago
Alan Anderson
Renu Beniwal
La Casa Norte
Sol A. Flores
National advocacy partners
The National Network For Youth
Darla Bardine
The National Association For The Education of Homeless Children & Youth
Babara Duffield
The True Colors Fund Forty To None Project
Jama Shelton
Our heartfelt thanks to
Jenny Avery
Bea Bosco
Amy Carle
Michael Fosberg
Marilyn Halperin
Jack Lawhon
Jonathan Lester
Joel Moritz
Sandra Shimon
Chris Smith
John Stovkis
Thank you
Tracy Baim
Pastor Laila Beukema
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Cornerstone Community Outreach
Scott Duff
Maria Finitzio
First Slice
Jon Hornbacher
Cheryl Hughes
Juanita Irizarry
Steve James
Liz Kaar
Lake View Lutheran Church
Liz Lefkofsky
Peter Lekousis
Lena Washington Shelter
James Lewis
Brad Lichtenstein
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
Richard O’Connell
One Heart One Soul
Heather Parish
John Pfeiffer
Rush Medical Center
Dan Rybicky
Bryan Samuels
David E. Simpson
Ines Sommer
Nia Tavoularis
Anne Teicher
Mireya Trejo
Lois Voissen
Aaron Wickenden
At TLP’s Belfort House
Alexis Allegra
Dr. Ozella Barnes
Will Bulka
Kalvin Fortenberry
Britt Hodgdon
Rebecca Hofrichter
Chalise Jackson
Jessica Johnson
Temeka Logan
Anthony Williams
and Miss Roxie
At Prosser Career Academy
Natalie Fields
Ken Hunter
Pat Scott
Sandra Shimon
At Percy Julian High School
Vernell “Coach P” Pondexter
At Year Up Chicago
Jared Deane
Daniel Wernig
Holly Zann
At La Casa Norte
Tennielle Ellis
At The Crib & Night Ministry Van
Jake Bradley
Menachem Cohen
Billy Dee
LaShante Griffin
Erik Koepnick
William Kyle
Nate Metrick
Aram Mitchell
Darrian Mitchell
Clifton Mohomes
Allen Ratliff
Jen Rude
Jakob VanLammeren
& Nomi Williams
to name only a few!
And to all the amazing courageous young people we met along the way
Jasmine Banks
Veneta Boyd
Jana Brown
Jason Curtis
Sharenna Green
Sean Gallagher
Trianna Hampton
Shaquille Hood
Jeremiah Jenkins
Verlia Jones
Rubi Joyal
Adam Muhammad
AJ. Northington
Gabriel Rivera
And to
Alyssa
Candace
Crystal
Deadpool
Drizzy
Estaban
Joey
John
Mikey
Reckless
Stormy
and all the kids at The Crib
And most of all to
Roque Sanchez
Angeline “Kasey” White
Anthony Lynch
and
Maria Rivera
Funding provided by
MacArthur Foundation
ITVS/Independent Lens
Sundance Institute Documentary
Chicken & Egg Pictures
Additional funding provided by
The Chicago Community Trust
Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Pierce Family Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
Baskin Family Foundation
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Vicki & Bruce Heyman Fund
Roger & Chaz Ebert Foundation
Michael Reese Health Trust
Mullen Family Foundation
The Woods Fund
Individual donors
Graham Allan
Mark Anderson
MacLeod Andrews
Frank Ballantine
David Bank
Tim Barker
Keith Bell
Jessica Bennett
Jason Bobier
Carmine Bocuzzi
Joseph & Sara Bosco
Barb Bolsen
Rick Boynton
Jake Bradley
brooklyn-real, inc.
David Callahan
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Adam Coker
Keith Clark
Joanne Cloonan
Elizabeth Cooper
C. Tennyson Crowe
Denny Cummings
Alice Dalton Brown
Peggy DeBell
William Bil Donovan
Meagan Downey
Laura Eason
Sally Eberhardt
Susanna Einstein
Jan Elsbach
Janet Reich Elsbach
Kimberly Feigin
Katie Felts
Ellen Fox
Debra Freeberg
Debbie & Sidney Frisch
Jennifer Gentry
Stephanie W Guest
Shem Guibbory
Lex & Helen Haris
Sharon Hite
Esther R. Horne
Scott Jacobs
Pete & Darlene Kelly
David & Sandy Kollmorgen
Candice Korkis
Jenny Laird
Jack Lawhon
The Little Family
Christine & Tom Loughlin
Christie Marchese
Charlie McBride
Melinda McMullen
Kenneth Michaud
Gina Minski
Norman & Lois Moritz
Rich & Ka Nelson
Joanne Nemerovsky
Nina
Theodore Peso
Caroline Philpott
William Pietri
Yvette & Deborah Pollack
Sarah Price
Kim G. Raisler
Joseph Reich
Patricia Rivera
Russ Rosensweig
Matt & Sarah Sahr
Darrin Shillair
Adam D. Singer
Carol Stanzione
Dhera Strauss
James Strober
Jillian Sullivan
Diana Takata
Julie Tato
Sheila Tennyson
The Stokvis Family
Heidi Theis Bohlmann
Jack Thompson
Rick Treur
True Walker Productions
Christy Uchida
Naomi Walker
Stan & Andrea Washburn
Anne Washburn
Alice Weintraub
Katy Welter
Sandy Whitley
Naomi Wolfensohn
B. Christopher Wood
Richard Woodruff
Eric Yew
Nancy York
Bobbi Zabel
&
an anonymous donor

Anne de Mare

Anne de Mare

Anne de Mare
 is an award-winning playwright, director, professional video artist, and filmmaker. She completed her first documentary feature, Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, which broadcast regionally on PBS in 2009, in collaboration with Kirsten Kelly, her partner at Spargel Productions. Anne’s original plays have been presented in Chicago, London and New York, where she was a five-year resident artist with Richard Foreman’s legendary Ontological-Hysteric Theater.

Kirsten Kelly

Kirsten Kelly

Kirsten Kelly (Director/Producer) 
is an award-winning documentary film and theater director who lives in Brooklyn. She and filmmaker Anne de Mare founded Spargel Productions in 2002, which is currently in development for The Girl With The Rivet Gun, an animated new media documentary project on Rosie the Riveter. Her short film work has been seen at Juilliard and Lincoln Center. Kirsten is a two-time Helen Hayes nominated best director and has directed award-winning theater productions in Chicago, Washington DC and off-broadway in New York.

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. 

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.

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: 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.

Dinesh Sabu

Dinesh Sabu made his first feature documentary Unbroken Glass with Kartemquin. It played at numerous film festivals and was broadcast on America ReFramed’s 5th Season in May 2017. Dinesh was awarded “Best Director” at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2017 for his debut feature.

Keith Walker

Keith, co-owner and director of photography for Media Process Group, has shot hundreds of broadcast segments for shows like 60-minutes, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Dateline, and HBO Real Sports, as well as numerous award-winning documentaries for PBS, NBC and CBS. He also shot many corporate marketing and educational projects for clients like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Gates Foundation, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Starbucks.

Nora Gully

Nora Gully is a curious and compassionate video editor who specializes in long-form documentary films. She values the opportunity to learn about people's lives and bring their stories to the screen.

Nora was most recently an editor on How to Build a School in Haiti and Unity Dinners, additional editor on Finding Vivian Maier and post production supervisor for Almost There.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alex Kotlowitz

Producer

Alex Kotlowitz is perhaps best known for the bestselling There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. The book, which was published in 1991 and has since sold over half-a-million copies, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Helen B. Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Carl Sandburg Award and a Christopher Award. The New York Public Library selected There Are No Children Here as one of the 150 most important books of the century.

Elspeth Revere

Governance and Nominating Committee Co-Chair

Elspeth Revere is the founder and CEO of Ravenswood Consulting Group where she advises donors and nonprofits on effective philanthropy, strategic planning, and nonprofit management. Her recent clients include Chicago Public Media, Albany Park Theater Project, the Richard H.

Judith Helfand

Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take the dark and cynical worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behavior and environmental injustice and them personal, resonant, and even entertaining. Her award-winning films, three of which had world premieres at Sundance, were all nationally broadcast on PBS, HBO, and The Sundance Channel and were linked to rigorous engagement. They include: The Uprising of ’34 (co-directed with veteran George Stoney), Blue Vinyl, and Everything’s Cool (co-directed with Daniel B.

Danny Alpert

Danny Alpert is an award-winning producer, director, and leader in using media for change. As Executive Director of Kindling Group, his documentaries (@home, The Calling, Do No Harm, A Doula Story) have aired on HBO, PBS, and around the world, sparking engagement campaigns with enduring impact. As co-founder of See3 Communications, Alpert’s online media and campaigns for social causes have advanced the work of organizations like UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund, Planned Parenthood, American Cancer Society, and the Kellogg Foundation.

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.

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.
 

Brad Lichtenstein

Brad Lichtenstein is an award-winning filmmaker and the president of 371 Productions. He has been working in documentary production since 1992. His latest film, As Goes Janesville, is a documentary about how a town tries to reinvent itself amid the loss of their century-old GM plant and Wisconsin’s civil war over unions. It premiered on the PBS series Independent Lens in October of 2012 and aired again on Feb. 4th, 2013.

David E. Simpson

David E. Simpson is a highly-awarded filmmaker who brings to his projects a collaborative spirit, proven storytelling chops and formidable attention to detail. Films he has produced, directed or edited have garnered two Emmys, two DuPont-Columbia batons, a pair of Peabody awards, an Oscar nomination, a Sundance jury prize and best in category at countless festivals. He has worked in close association with Kartemquin Films since 1997.

Aaron Wickenden

Aaron Wickenden is a multiple Emmy and ACE Eddie nominated editor with extensive professional experience in many aspects of the independent filmmaking process. He is regarded for bringing a tireless work ethic and playful spirit to each of his creative collaborations... including the Oscar nominated film Finding Vivian Maier.