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.
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.
Starr Marcello has been a freelance film writer for several years, contributing most recently to the Encyclopedia of Documentary Film (Routledge, 2005), and the Journal of Film and Television (her article “Performance Design: An Analysis of Film Acting and Sound Design” will appear in the Spring/Summer 2006 forthcoming issue). She has worked as a grantwriter and editor for the Chicago Film Archives and is an annual filmmaking and screenwriting judge at the NYC Midnight Movie Making Maddness film competition in New York City.
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.