Intricately entwined with the world of documentary filmmaking for the past 50 years, Gordon Quinn lives and breathes film. He’s the artistic director and co-founder of Kartemquin Films, a left-wing collective established in 1960s Chicago, producing agit-prop works about labor struggles for immediate distribution that directly affected current affairs. Under the guidance of Gordon Quinn, they have evolved into a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. The organization has won every major critical and journalistic prize, including multiple Emmy, Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards, Independent Spirit, IDA, PGA and DGA awards, and an Oscar nomination for “Hoop Dreams” (1994). His recent films as executive producer include “The Interrupters” (2011), “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” (2013), “Life Itself” (2014), “The Homestretch” (2014), “On Beauty” (2014), “In the Game” (2015) and more. Want to know about fair use, ethics, storytelling and civic discourse? Gordon Quinn, a producer, community builder and documentary director in his own right, is the perfect guy for the jo
Producing an impressive roster of documentaries that have travelled all the way to the Emmys, the Oscars and every film festival under the sun, Carolyn Hepburn is not your average overachiever. Joining Motto Pictures in 2010, she got to Sundance Film Festival three years later with not one but two films, “God Loves Uganda” and “Gideon’s Army”. The Emmys rolled out the red carpet in 2014, when she got nominated for her work on “Art and Craft”, a documentary about our favorite gentleman art forger, the inimitable Mr. Mark Landis. 2016 was her most productive year to date, credited in no less than seven projects, eventually receiving the much-coveted Oscar nod for “Life, Animated”, about an autistic boy who learned to communicate through Disney movies. A year earlier, she had become part of the anti-violence conversation with the riveting “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets” (2015), directed by Marc Silver, the story of a fatal encounter between an African-American teen and a prejudiced white man that shook America to its core.
Christina Pitouli was born in Ioannina in 1986. She studied journalism and audiovisual communication at the Panteion University of Athens and obtained a Master’s degree in Creative Documentary at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. She now lives and works between Barcelona and Greece as a freelance documentary director, production manager, editor and sound recordist. Her awarded documentary short “Bref” (2013), about female genital mutilation, was officially selected in over 35 international film festivals and was awarded in five. Christina was invited to talk about the impact of her film at a TEDx event in 2016. Her first full-length feature, “The Most Boring Thing in the World”, co-directed with Carlos M. Gomez Quintero, is a crowdfunded production about a children’s choir in Spain and is due for release in 2017. Earlier this year, Christina was selected to participate in an intensive documentary development workshop organized by the American Film Showcase at the renowned University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and is on a mission to share everything she learned.