Director/Producer
Ashley O'Shay
Producer
Morgan Elise Johnson
Executive Producer
Jolene Pinder
Gordon Quinn
Yvonne Welbon
Co-Executive Producer
Niema Jordan
Don Thompson
Diana Takata
Melissa Wilson
Edited by
Rubin Daniels Jr.
Cinematography by
Ashley O’Shay
Music Composed and Arranged by
Sam Trump
Associate produced by
Ethan Senser
Natalie Frazier
Additional Camera by
Tom Callahan
Chan C. Smith
Dakota Sillyman
Hannie Lee
Additional Footage Courtesy of
Tom Callahan
Nastaya Popov
Courtney Kang
Hangda Zhang
Jacob Klippenstein
Field Sound by
Nick Clemente
Assistant Editing by
Amber Love
Tom Callahan
Story Consultant
Alexandria Bombach
Olivia Peace
Post-Production Facility
Third Beacon
COLOR CORRECTION
Framestore
Graphics and Animation Design
J. Monroe Media
Sound Facility Producer
Sidney Jones
Music Soundtrack Recording Studio
Superlative Muzak Inc
Music Soundtrack Engineering and Instrumentation by
Sam Trump

Ashley O'Shay

Ashley O'Shay is a freelance DP and documentarian based in Chicago, IL, whose work focuses on illuminating marginalized voices. She has produced work for national brands, including Lifetime, Ford Motor Company, Boost Mobile, KQED, and Dr. Martens. Most recently, she filmed the Chicago episode of KQED’s “If Cities Could Dance,” garnering over 600K views on social and web. Her work also appeared in the critically-acclaimed Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.

Morgan Elise Johnson

Morgan Johnson is an independent filmmaker and publisher. Her documentary career was born at Northwestern University, and nurtured by Kartemquin Films' internship program. She grew to become a staff producer with Milwaukee-based 371 Productions. There she produced and co-directed the PBS/World Channel documentary There Are Jews Here, which premiered at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2015 and then toured for two years before its national broadcast.

Jolene Pinder

Jolene Pinder is a documentary producer and arts administrator with 15 years of experience in the independent film space. Most recently, she helped launch and served as the inaugural executive director of #CreateLouisiana, a grantmaking and mentorship non-profit designed to champion Louisiana talent in film. Recent grantees supported through #CreateLouisiana have attracted national attention, including 2019 Tribeca multi-award winner Phillip Youmans for his film Burning Cane.

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. 

Yvonne Welbon

Yvonne Welbon (Executive Producer, Unapologetic) is a Senior Creative Consultant at Chicken & Egg Pictures. She is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Chicago-based non-profit Sisters in Cinema. She has produced and distributed over 20 films including Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @100, winner of ten best documentary awards and Sisters in Cinema, a documentary on the history of black women feature film directors.

Rubin Daniels Jr.

Rubin Daniels Jr. is a freelance editor based in Chicago. Most recently, Rubin worked with Kartemquin Films as an associate editor on America to Me, a Starz series directed by Steve James.  He also served as assistant editor for Standing On Common Ground, a film reflecting on communities 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. The short won a 2016 Midwest Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Programs.