The Team

Karen_Profile  Karen Lynn Weinberg (director/producer)After years of working in film as an editor and producer, “Keep Talking” is Karen’s long form documentary directorial debut. Editing credits include Spilled Water (PBS/WTTW 2014), One Night Stand (nationwide theatrical release, 2013; also Associate Produced), Certainty (Boston Film Festival ‘Best Editing’ award, theatrical release 2012), episodes of MysteryQuest and Clash of the Gods (the History Channel), and the new documentary C-Rock. Other credits include work on Frozen River (Sundance Winner, Oscar Nominee) and Racing Dreams (Tribeca Winner, PBS POV 2012). Karen co-wrote the popular published play 44 Plays for 44 Presidents and her writing has been featured on National Public Radio’s “848.”

gordon-quinn  Gordon Quinn (executive producer) Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 45 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.

justine-nagan  Justine Nagan (executive producer) Justine is the Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) and Executive Producer of POV (Point of View), the award-winning documentary series on PBS. From 2008-2014, Justine led Kartemquin Films served as Kartemquin’s Executive Director as well as being an Executive Producer on each new film.

BetsyPic  Betsy Steinberg (executive producer) 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. During her tenure the state broke all local film industry revenues in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013 and the Illinois Film Office was recognized by the Illinois Arts Alliance with an Arts Advocate Award and Cinema Chicago’s Golden Hugo. She also served on the Governor’s Roundtable on the Creative Arts and the boards of Free Spirit Media, Chicago Media Project and the Midwest Independent Film Festival.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Kari Sherod (co-producer) Kari has been an Alutiiq Language Program Manager and helped to fundraise, strategize and execute numerous language revitalization projects. Raised in Port Lions, a remote commercial fishing village (100-175 people) on Kodiak Island, Alaska, she has a unique perspective as a member of this small community facing the monumental task of revitalizing their endangered language. Kari has worked with Elders, language learners and teachers to create a variety of learning and teaching materials including print and online tools, including an online interactive dictionary. She fostered master/apprentice learning partnerships and brought in a variety of learning and teaching methodologies as she worked with the Native Village of Afognak. Kari is a key advocate and advisor for this film.

TRISH PIC  Trish Dalton (co-producer) is an award winning independent director/producer with over 10 years experience creating personal story, social impact videos. Her recent film credits include BORDERING ON TREASON (director/producer; DOC NYC, Big Apple FF Best Short Documentary award, NewFilmmakers NY, Pasadena Film Festival and others); SOUTHMOST U.S.A. (director/producer; Time Warner Broadcast 2015, USA Film Festival Texas Award, WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Gold Remi winner, Cine Las Americas –Hechos en Tejas Award, River Run Film Festival); ONE NIGHT STAND (director/producer; National Theatrical Release in 450 US theaters, Ovation Broadcast, NewFest Audience Award, Austin, Denver Starz, Miami International, Boston Independent, Vail, and Nashville Film Festivals); KERAS & MANIS (editor; Gold Kahuna from Honolulu IFF, Best Editing Award from Los Angeles Reel FF), WHY ARE WE IN AFGHANISTAN? (producer/editor; Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism), 34x25x36 (co-producer; PBS Broadcast), FARM SANCTUARY (co-director/co-producer; Media that Matters ‘Good Food’ award), and TIFFANY’S STORY (director/producer; Tribeca Film Festival). Trish has also directed and produced branded content videos for companies including Capital One, Amazon, Kashi, Danskin, About.com, Beiersdorf, Pepsi, Cossette, IDEO, illy, Cole Haan, and production managed a television series for National Geographic.  www.trishdalton.com

RACHEL_PIC  Rachel Rozycki (co-producer) is a social conscience documentary filmmaker, having produced and directed the short films Nel Giardino and Hands Together, Heart to Art. She has also contributed on a number of Kartemquin films including The Trials of Muhammad Ali (dir. Bill Siegel)the multi-award winning Life Itself (dir. Steve James)and the six part series Hard Earned, which will air on Al Jazeera America in 2015.  In addition to her work in documentary, Rachel has played an instrumental role on a number of narrative films, including her work as producer for the feature historical docudrama Hogtown, which premiered at the 2014 Black Harvest International Film Festival, the 2014 Calgary International Film Festival, and is screening in the 2015 Berlinale-EFM.

Nara  Nara Garber (director of photography) Nara Garber is a documentary filmmaker who often wears multiple hats on the same project. She directs and produces short-form documentaries for Carnegie Hall, and is co-director, co-producer, and cinematographer of “Flat Daddy,” an award-winning documentary about the impact of deployment on military families. Nara’s camera work has appeared on HBO (“Making the Crooked Straight”) and PBS (“NOW with Bill Moyers”), and photography credits include “Best Kept Secret” (Audience Award, IFF Boston, 2013; POV), “Reject,” and “Southmost, USA,” all showing on the festival circuit in 2013. Nara has filmed in Alaska every year since 2001 and has a profound respect for Native Alaskan traditions and culture.

Matthew Sutton (sound recordist) has been a sound recordist and/or mixer on a number of documentaries including Best Kept Secret (POV 2013), Still Dreaming, 12-12-12 and The Lottery. Work for television includes Rome: Engineering an Empire, Frontline, Investigative Reports and Team Quatar.

Hanna  Hanna Craig (additional cinematographer) Hanna’s documentary and experimental films have screened in the PDX Experimental and Documentary Film Festival, the Zanzibar International Film Festival, and at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York City. Hanna has filmed across Alaska and East Africa and received grant awards from the Pacific Pioneer Fund and the Oregon Arts Commission. As well as pursuing independent productions, Hanna produces video and multimedia content for a variety of non-profit and educational clients. Hanna has worked as an instructor in digital media at the Newspace Center for Photography and guest lecturer at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and consults in media education for rural Alaskan youth.

Tyler Townsend (assistant field producer/DIT) much of the photo credit for this website is courtesy of Tyler Townsend.