Executive Producers
Jim Benson
Paulette Douglas
Steve Whisnant
Sports Illustrated
World T.E.A.M. Sports
Producers
Jerry Blumenthal
Peter Gilbert
Gordon Quinn
Kartemquin Films
Long Shot Films
Co-Producer
Adam Singer
Directors
Jerry Blumenthal
Peter Gilbert
Gordon Quinn
Narrator
Joe Mantegna
Directors of Photography
Peter Gilbert
Gordon Quinn
Tran Le Tien
Editors
David E. Simpson
Jan Sutcliff
Sharon Karp
Bob Schneiger
Additional Editors
Leslie Simmer
Frederick Steim
Music
Ben Sidran
Technical Advisor
Jim Morrissette
Sound
Jerry Blumenthal
Jim Fetterley
Adam Singer

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.

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. 

Kartemquin Films

Production Company

Kartemquin Films, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit, has been producing high-impact documentary films on a variety of subjects from its Chicago base since 1966. Kartemquin is a home for independent filmmakers developing documentary as a vehicle to deepen our understanding of society through everyday human drama. Kartemquin acts as a trusted bridge between communities and the media, aiming to foster the growth of passionate new filmmaking voices, and to advocate for the importance of strong local and public media.

David E. Simpson

David E. Simpson is a documentary filmmaker with three decades of experience. Films he has produced, directed or edited have garnered three national Emmys, a pair of Peabody awards, two DuPont-Columbia batons, an Oscar nomination, a Sundance jury award and best in category at countless festivals. He has worked in close association with Kartemquin Films since 1997.