Director and Producer
Maggie Bowman
Stacy Robinson
Executive Producer
Carroll Bogert
Gordon Quinn
Betsy Steinberg
Rise Sanders-Weir
Illinois Humanities
Researcher
Kim Bellware
Associate Producer
Brendan Brown
Ingrid Roettgen
Editor
Melissa Sterne
Motion Graphics
Kathleen Chee
Additional Editing
Matt Taylor
Seth Bomse
Director of Photography
Oral Berat User
Music
Scott Morgan
Additional camera
Edwin Diaz
Brendan Hubbard
Sound Recordist
Martin Stebbing
Production Assistant
Resita Cox
Alexandra Epstein
Additional Research
Mago Torres
Location Photography
Pat Nabong
McKinleigh Lair
Mitch Dietz
Assistant Editor
Ingrid Roettgen
Post Assistance
Edwin Perez Osuna
Sara Kragnessi
Post Supervisor/Color Grading
Matt Taylor
Audio Post-Production
Drew Weir, Another Country
Legal Counsel
Peter Jaszi
Robert Labate, Holland & Knight LLP
Impact producer
Resita Cox
Supervising Producer
Ruth Baldwin
Consulting Producer
Alex Kotlowitz
Jenny Carchman
Additional Reporting and Social Media
Tatiana Craine
Website Designer
Alex Tatusian
Website Development
Katie Park and Gabriel Isman

Maggie Bowman

Maggie Bowman is a documentary film producer and director. She is the co-director of We Are Witnesses: Chicago—a series of short films about Chicagoans who have been touched by the criminal justice system. The series, released in September 2019, is a collaboration with The Marshall Project and Illinois Humanities.

Stacy Robinson

Stacy Robinson is a non-fiction producer with more than a decade of experience writing, producing, and supervising documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery, Own, CNBC, and numerous cable networks. As a storyteller, she searches for the emotional soul of every story – no matter how big, or small, the subject might seem.

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. 

Betsy Steinberg

Executive Director

Executive Director Betsy Steinberg joined Kartemquin in December 2015 and oversees daily operations, development, and serves as Executive Producer on Kartemquin projects. Prior to Kartemquin she spent eight years as Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office where she she spearheaded Illinois’ transformation into a world class film destination. She was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois film tax credit and implemented an overall business development strategy resulting in over $1 billion in direct economic impact.

Risé Sanders-Weir

Director of Production

Risé Sanders-Weir has supervised production for documentaries appearing on MSNBC, PBS, History, National Geographic, CNBC, A&E, The Weather Channel and others. Her work as a writer, producer, director and supervisor has been recognized with Emmy, Hugo and Telly awards. Sanders has also received nominations for an MPSE Golden Reel and an NAACP Image Award. She is the Producer of America to Me.

Melissa Sterne

Melissa Sterne is an editor whose recent credits include "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" which aired on the PBS series American Masters in 2012, was the opening film at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center, and had a national theatrical release, playing in over 130 theaters. She also edited "Radicle Disciple: The Story of Father Michael Pfleger" which garnered 3 stars from Roger Ebert, won Best Documentary at the Big Muddy Film Festival, aired on PBS, and has shown at film festivals throughout the world.

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.