Bill Siegel, Director
Bill Siegel has more than 20 years of experience in documentary filmmaking and education. He co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground; was a researcher on the documentary films Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story and Hoop Dreams; and a writer on One Love, a documentary on the cultural history of basketball by Leon Gast (When We Were Kings). Siegel is vice president of school programs for the Great Books Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to literacy and lifelong learning.
Leon Gast, Executive Producer
Leon Gast directed the Academy Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings about the Muhammad Ali—George Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" heavyweight title bout in Zaire. He has directed numerous other documentary films, including Our Latin Thing (1972) and Salsa (1977), both of which anticipated the huge influence Latin American music now has on American culture. His latest documentary about photographer Ron Galella, Smash His Camera, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Justine Nagan, Executive Producer
Justine Nagan is Kartemquin Films’s executive director and is currently executive producing several films with the company. Also with Kartemquin, she recently directed Typeface, and was associate producer on the Peabody Award-winning Terra Incognita. Prior, she helped the organization develop an education series while earning her Humanities Master's Degree from the University of Chicago. Other experience includes teaching at the Hyde Park Art Center, and working as a theatre manager for the Chicago International Film Festival and as a fellow for The HistoryMakers. Before moving to Chicago, she produced promotional spots for Public Television and worked for various companies ranging from M&C Saatchi, Australia to Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? on National Public Radio. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Gordon Quinn, Executive Producer
Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for more than 40 years. His producing credits include such award-winning and highly acclaimed films as Hoop Dreams; Vietnam, Long Time Coming; Golub; 5 Girls; Refrigerator Mothers; Stevie, for which he won the Cinematography Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival; and The New Americans (for which h also directed the Palestinian segment). Most recently, Quinn executive produced Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita; At The Death House Door; Milking the Rhino; In the Family; and Typeface, as well as directing a film on delayed posttraumatic stress syndrome, Prisoner of Her Past.
Rachel Pikelny, Co-Producer
Rachel is a producer affiliated with Kartemquin Films. She is associate producing A Good Man, airing on PBS's American Masters, as well as co-producing the documentary Mormons Make Movies. She also co-produced Kartemquin’s film American Arab. With documentary production house The Kindling Group, Rachel acted as production coordinator for “Whatʼs Your Calling?,” the companion web engagement campaign for The Calling, a four-hour documentary miniseries broadcast on PBSʼs Independent Lens in December 2010. Rachel spent several years at Kurtis Productions, creating episodes of Cold Case Files for A&E and American Greed for CNBC. She also produces promotional content for Fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi and LKQ Corporation, and serves on committees for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the Chicago Short Film Brigade, and the Hugo Television Awards.