Bing Liu (Producer/Director/DP/EDITOR)
Bing moved from China to Alabama to California to Illinois before he was 8 years old. Since July 2011, Bing has been a member of the International Cinematographer's Guild, working on projects like Chiraq, Empire, and Shameless. In 2015, his short documentary, "Nuoc", won best directed documentary at the Collected Voices Film Festival. Since September 2015, Bing has been a story director and DP for an upcoming Steve James directed mini series on race and education. He is currently collaborating with Kartemquin Films on his directorial feature, Minding the Gap, an exploration of masculinity and violence in the home through a 3-year journey with a group of skateboarders. He has a B.A. in Literature from University of Illinois in Chicago.
Diane Quon (Producer)
Diane lived in Los Angeles for over 17 years before moving back to her hometown of Chicago. While in LA, Diane worked at NBC and at Paramount Pictures where she was last the Vice President of Marketing. Since 2015, Diane has been working on multiple Kartemquin Films including producing Minding the Gap, Left-Handed Pianist (directed by Gordon Quinn) and The Dilemma of Desire (directed by Peabody award-winning Maria Finitzo). She is also overseeing the outreach for recent Kartemquin films Unbroken Glass and In the Game. In addition, Diane’s short documentary, "Cliff, Superfan!" began its festival run October 2016. In early 2016, Diane joined Maria’s production company, FilmArts Productions.
Gordon Quinn (Executive Producer)
Gordon is the Artistic and a founding member of Kartemquin Films. Gordon is a supporter of public and community media, and has served on the boards of several organizations including The Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago Access Network Television, and The Public Square Advisory Committee, The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. A key leader in creating the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, Gordon encourages filmmakers to educate themselves on the tenets of the fair use doctrine, frequently speaking to the media, legal, and educational communities about this fundamental right.
STEVE JAMES (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)
Steve James' affiliation with Kartemquin began in 1987 with the start of production of Hoop Dreams, for which he served as director, producer, and co-editor. He has since then become one of the most acclaimed documentary makers of his generation, with noted works being Stevie, The New Americans, The War Tapes, At the Death House Door, The Interrupters, and most recently, Life Itself.
Betsy Steinberg (Executive Producer)
Betsy Steinberg oversees daily operations, including finance and 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 spearheaded Illinois’ transformation into a world class film destination. During her tenure 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. Before her work at the film office, Steinberg developed documentary specials and series for networks such as A&E, History, Discovery and National Geographic. She also supervised, produced and directed documentary specials and series including Emmy nominated Isaac's Storm and The Times Capsule, a coproduction with the New York Times and History Channel. She began her career in Washington, DC working for the late documentarian and media consultant Bob Squier.
KARTEMQUIN FILMS is a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. With a noted tradition of nurturing emerging talent and acting as a leading voice for independent media, Kartemquin is building on over 50 years of being Chicago’s documentary powerhouse. Their films such as The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, and The New Americans have left a lasting impact on millions of viewers.
ITVS brings independently-produced, high-quality public broadcast and new media programs to local, national, and international audiences. The independent producers who create ITVS programs take creative risks, tackle complex issues, and express points of view seldom explored in the mass media. ITVS programs enrich the cultural landscape with the voices and visions of underrepresented communities, and reflect the interests and concerns of a diverse society.
Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) is a professional development and mentorship program for documentary makers of color, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. At the core of the fellowship are six engaging three-hour workshops at the Community Film Workshop, with creative advice provided by Kartemquin Films’ world-class staff and associates.
Documentary Lab is an intensive five-week program in Los Angeles designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length, compelling and original documentary films. The 2017 Film Independent Documentary Lab is supported by Artist Development Lead Funder Time Warner Foundation and is sponsored by Netflix and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Celebrating twelve years, TAA supports working filmmakers and producers based in U.S. and Puerto Rico who come from communities underserved in the film industry and whose projects are in all stages of development, production or post-production.
The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant was founded in 2007 to support singular new voices in documentary film. Its emphasis is on first-time filmmakers with unconventional training, those making formally challenging work, and those grappling with difficult subjects. Welcoming any background, training or subject, the overriding mission is to support unique filmmaking talents at this crucial moment in their careers.