Executive Producers
Steve James
Gordon Quinn
Series Producer
Gita Saedi Kiely
Dominican Story Directors/Producers
Susana Aiken
Carlos Aparicio
Palestinian Story Directors/Producers
Jerry Blumenthal
Gordon Quinn
Fenell Doremus
Indian Story Director and Producer
Indu Krishnan
Nigerian Story Director
Steve James
Nigerian Story Producer
Gita Saedi Kiely
Mexican Story Director
Renee Tajima-Pena
Mexican Story Producers
Renee Tajima-Pena
Evangeline Griego
Editors
David E. Simpson
Steve James
Series Story Editor
Leslie Simmer
Music Composer
Norman Arnold
Production Manager
Karen Larson
Post Production Supervisor
Leslie Simmer
Post Production Manager
Zak Piper
Post Production Coordinator
Aaron Wickenden
Camera
Carlos Aparicio (Dominican Story)
Vicente Franco (Dominican Story)
Peter Gilbert (Nigerian Story)
Steve James (Nigerian Story)
Gordon Quinn (Palestinian Story)
Sound Recording
Jerry Blumenthal (Palestinian Story)
Fenell Doremus (Palestinian Story)
Jamie Kibben (Dominican Story)
Bruno Pataro (Dominican Story)
Adam Singer (Nigerian Story)

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.

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. 

Gita Saedi Kiely

Gita Saedi Kiely was the series producer and story editor for Kartemquin Films’ acclaimed series The New Americans, a three-part, seven-hour series following five immigrant families' journey to and first years in the U.S. Prior to The New Americans she served on producing teams for Channel 4 in the UK, CBS and PBS in the U.S. and RTE in Ireland.

Jerry Blumenthal

Founding Partner

Jerry Blumenthal, one of the founding partners of Kartemquin Films, was a director, producer, editor and sound recordist with Kartemquin from 1967 until his passing on November 13, 2014. His most recent completed work was as Editor on Kartemquin's 2010 documentary, Prisoner Of Her Past.

Fenell Doremus

Filmmaker Associate

Fenell Doremus has worked in documentary film since graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Sociology. She began her career as an Assistant Editor on the award-winning Hoop Dreams. She went on to serve as staff Producer at Kartemquin Films for the next eight years. While at Kartmequin, Doremus was Segment Producer and a Segment Editor (Palestinian story) of The New Americans.

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.

Norman Arnold

Norman Arnold has composed and produced music for some of the highest-rated programs on television. He has also created music and themes for several award-winning documentary films that address our Nation’s most important issues including: The War Tapes; Ask Not; The New Americans; Beyond Conception; and Big Joy. Television programs include The Ellen DeGeneres Show; Anderson Cooper Live; CNN New Day; The Bachelor; National Geographic Presents; and Modern Marvels.

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.

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.