About the Filmmakers

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Our Team

Hillary Bachelder
director/ shooter/ editor

Hillary is a documentary director, cinematographer, and editor. She is the former Director of Production at Kartemquin Films and earned both editing and production credits on over a dozen of the company’s critically acclaimed films and series, including the Emmy-award-winning Trials of Muhammad Ali, POV’s Raising Bertie, and Oscar nominated Minding the Gap. In 2015, she was selected to participate in the prestigious Sundance Documentary Edit and Storytelling lab as an up-and-coming editor of promise. Her recent work has included a 4-part video series with the New York Times that won an Edward R. Murrow award in 2018. Hillary’s first film, Embodies, is a 40-minute piece that explores three women’s complicated relationships with the human body. The film premiered at the Big Sky Film Festival in 2014.

Anne Sobel

Anne is a film and journalism producer in Chicago, D.C., London, Paris, Kuwait, and Doha. While in Qatar she produced news packages for the BBC, CNN, and China Central Television. She also associate produced the feature length documentary, The Workers Cup, which had its World Premiere at Sundance in 2017, where it was selected as the Opening Night film, and has gone on to screen at Hot Docs, CPH:Dox, and Sheffield Doc/Fest. Anne’s fiction work includes a four volume graphic novel series, Asra & the Orphan Moon, which was picked up by Bloomsbury Qatar. The first book is due out in early 2018 and will be published in Arabic, English, and French. She is also the Executive Producer on Salon Shoo Shoo, which was acquisitioned by Image Nation (The Circle, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.)

Rachel Pikelny

Rachel Pikelny is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of Nyla Pictures. In 2018, she was named to DOC NYC and Topic Studios’ “40 Under 40” List. For five years, she served as an on-staff producer with Siskel/Jacobs Productions, where she produced and directed the award-winning documentary short Grace, which premiered on Salon.com and was subsequently distributed by Condé Nast Entertainment/SELF. Also with SJP, she produced the forthcoming feature documentaries No Small Matter and The Road Up. Previously, with Kartemquin Films, she produced the Emmy- and IDA Award-winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2014, Independent Lens/PBS) and A Good Man (2011, American Masters/PBS). From 2004-2009, she produced episodes of the nonfiction series Cold Case Files for A&E and American Greed for CNBC. A 2017-18 Impact Partners Fellow, she now co-chairs the Documentary Producers Alliance.

Carina Nieto
associate producer

Carina Nieto is a local Chicago filmmaker and associate of Kartemquin Films. As a former Kartemquin intern, Carina has attained multiple credits as associate producer and production assistant. Recently Carina completed a year of service at a refugee resettlement agency as an Americorps Marketing VISTA managing video production. There, Carina produced several short videos primarily used for fundraising and developed an in-house video production protocol. Previously, they directed and edited an award winning short film, “Fostering Promise,” which followed twenty-year old Imani Bayne as she exits the New York Foster Care system and finds her place in the Bronx with her family.

Laura Falsgraff
impact producer

Laura Fallsgraff is a freelance Chicago-based impact producer and storyteller. After serving as a digital producer for President Obama’s re-election campaign, she landed in the rewarding and challenging world of documentary filmmaking — producing, directing, and managing impact campaigns for Chicago nonprofit Kindling Group. She has led campaigns for feature films including Radical Grace (Hot Docs, AFI) and No Small Matter, as well as digital video campaigns to raise awareness about energy efficiency, veteran reintegration, and homelessness. She loves nothing more than bringing old-fashioned organizing and compelling storytelling together to inspire change.

Amber Love
additional editor

Amber Love began her work in media as a student video journalist at the University of Chicago. During her time there she worked at Media Burn and for a small film and television development company; both experiences cemented her love for independent cinema. Amber is now going into her third year with the New Orleans Film Festival as an Associate Programmer and coordinating filmmaker programs, works in post-production at Scrappers, and takes on various freelance and personal projects.

Miranda Yousef
consulting editor

Miranda Yousef, A.C.E. is a feature documentary editor with credits on films that have played Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, PBS and HBO. Credits include Academy Award winner Morgan Neville’s Troubadours and Academy Award winner Jessica Yu’s film Misconception; Inequality for All.

Paul Brill

Paul Brill has received three Emmy Award nominations for his film scores and recently won the first-ever Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association. He collaborated with Rock legends U2 on the HBO film, Burma Soldier, composing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic song, “Walk On.” His recent work includes the hit documentaries, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (IFC), the Emmy Award-winning Page One: Inside the NY Times (Magnolia), the Sundance Festival winning films, Gideon’s Army, Trapped, and Love Free or Die, and the Emmy, DuPont and Peabody Award-winning, 6-hour PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, with noted historian Henry Louis Gates and additional musical contributions from Wynton Marsalis. He scored Abigail Disney’s directorial debut, the Emmy Award-winning, “The Armor of Light,” Liz Garbus’ Peabody Award-winning HBO documentary, “A Dangerous Son,” and was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for his work on the hit Netflix docu-series, Bobby Kennedy for President.

Sarah Krohn
sound mixer

Sarah is a sound designer and re recording mixer hailing from the South of England. She has been mixing in Chicago for nearly 10 years, working at audio post houses and inhouse at ad agencies. After branching out on her own and starting her own sound design business, Sarah has worked on numerous TV series, Emmy nominated documentaries and award winning ad campaigns. The dream is take the studio on the road travelling through all the national parks with the family!

EPs & consulting producers:

Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Jolene Pinder, Lois Vossen, Sally Jo Fifer, Noland Walker, Amy Shatsky, Rosie Garthwaite
You can see our full list of creative collaborators on IMDB.

A huge thanks to our generous Kickstarter backers


Aaron Michnowski
Aaron Wickenden
Abigail Godsell
Adam Daniel Singer
Adam Evans
Adam Markle
Adam Sege
Adam Sobel
Adam Travis
AJ Strauman
Alan B. Wall
Alanna Schmelter
Alex Kirschenbaum
Alex Ostapiej
Alexander Skalomenos
Alexis Charizopoulos
Alicia Cordova
Alison Hanold
Allie Tompkins
Allison Caldwell
Allwyn Tellis
Amanda Driver
Amy English
Amy Giambelluca
Amy Schmidt
Andrea de Fraga
Andrea Raby
Andrew Funkhouser
Ania HendryxWójtowicz
Anisa Noormohamed
Anja Fulle
Ann Schalansky
Annie Welch
Antonia Hidalgo
Anuradha Rana
Arlen Parsa
Arpita Aneja
Ashley O’Shay
Barb Power & Pete Larkin
Barbara Bird
Barry Sexton
Batya Feldman
Becky Bower
Ben Cheung
Beth Clausen
Betsy Steinberg
Bill Schmidt
Bill Siegel
Bing Liu
Blake Paine
Blake Sobczak
Bob Hercules & John McCarthy
Brad Lichtenstein
Breanne Chappell
Brent Bandemer & Emily Strong
Brent E. Huffman
Brian Gersten
Brittany Haché
Brittany Hayford
Bryon Western
Cailin Melka
Caitlin Schneiderhan
Cami J. Kidder
Camille Durand
Capella Fahoome
Carla Marchany
Carol McMahon
Carolyn Faber
Carolyn Schalanksy
Casara Clark
Cassi Saari
Chad Rispalje
Charlie Kessler
Chris Trani
Christina Parish
Christina Theodorou
Cindy Pyle
Clarissa Redwine
Clayton Brown
Clint Litton
Colleen Arturi
Cynthia Paschen
Cynthia Richie Terrell
Dan Rohan
Dana Atrach
Daniel Nearing
Danny Alpert
Dario Meinäcke
David E. Simpson
Dawn Mikkelson
Dawn Yoshinaga
Deb Sewall
Debra Tolchinsky
Diane Dominick
Diane Moy Quon
Diane Muckstadt
Diane Yamazaki
Dianne Lee
Dinesh Sabu
Eileen O’Donnell
Elisa Sweet
Elizabeth Davis
Elizabeth F Conley
Elizabeth Kersjes
Elle Kamihira
Ellen Schmidt
Ellie Curran
Elsa Weill
Elspeth Revere
Emily Kobayashi
Erin & Brian, Libby & Cagle
Erin Cikanek
Erin Gienger
Ernie Schalansky
Eugene Kobayashi
Felipe Diaz-Arango
Felix DiCamillo
Fran Sterling
Gerry Mack
Gina Cleland
Gordon Quinn
Grant & Anne MacEwan
Gretchen Kalwinski
Hannah Parker
Ian Kibbe
Ines Sommer
Jac Reyno
Jackie Banks-Mahlum
Jaime Siordia
James Sorrels
Jamie Sheahan
Jane Pak Oh
Jaser Alagha
JB Wright
Jean Paquette
Jeff Perlman
Jeff Spitz & Jennifer Amdur Spitz
Jen Riddle
Jenn Tyburczy
Jennifer Cart
Jennifer Sobel
Jenny Elliott
Jesse Kerman
Jessica Fraser
Jessika Savage
Jim & Kathleen Caragher
Joan Cannon
Joanna Lakatos
Joanne Leslie
Jocelyn Mitchell
Jock Hedblade
Jody & Todd Bachelder
Joe DiCamillo
Joe Khalil
Joe Winston
Jordan Sauthoff
Joshua Altman
Joshua Simon
Julia Martin
Julie Dietz
Julie McDonald
Julie Shore
Karen Borg
Karen Russell
Kate Borg
Kathryn Mccarron
Kathy Smigielski
Katie Prentiss
Katy Pepper
Keith Borg
Kelly Dorsey
Kelly Pope
Kerstin Shamberg
Kevin Shaw
Kicklix/Foli Ayivoh
Kirsten Kelly
Kirsten Pike
Know Your Food/Bill Ormston
Krista Borg
Lara Kalwinski
Larry P Lundy
Laura &erson
Laura Geringer
Laura Sobel
Lauren Foley
Lauren Murrow
Lauren Wasielewsi
Leigh Jurecka
Leonie Duane
Leslie Atkins
Leslie Simmer
Lianne Moccia
Lilia Bottino
Lily Hanson
Linda Valsdóttir
Lindsey Jane Gardner
Lindsey Kratochwill
Lisa Sobel Colson
Liz Kaar
Liz Lance
Liza Gaertner
Loren Wright
Lori Bryant
Lucy Munger
Maggie Bowman
Manuel Santini
Mar Garvey
Margaret Byrne
Margaret Smith
Margaux Pepper
Marge Lakatos
Maria Finitzo
Mark Bandy
Mary & Gar Wright
Mary Morrissette
Matt Bonner
Matt Lauterbach
Max Asaf
Melissa Costello
Melissa Maleske
Melissa Murdoch
Melissa Sterne
Michael Bell
Mike McNamara
Mimi Wilcox
Molly Tobias
Nancy DiCamillo
Nancy McDonald
Nate Bartlett
Nathan Halpern
Ned Baker
Nick Nummerdor
Nicole Bernardi Reis
Nynne Uldal Meisner
Olivia Curry
Olivia Mascheroni
Paul Hammond & Tracee Laing
Paul Noble
Paula Jo Kemler
Pedro Urgiles
Petra Slinkard
Rachel Dickson
Rachel Gross
Rachel Henriquez
Rachel Noorthoek
Rachel Pikelny
Rachel Rozycki
Rae Bachelder
Rana Odeh
Reem Shaddad
Reshmi Hazra
Rob Taylor
Rod K
Rondell Merrill
Rory McFadden
Rubin Daniels
Ruth Leitman
Ryan Bradley
Ryan Buckley
Ryan Gleeson
Ryan Sweeny
Sadaf Ferdowsi
Samuel Bachelder
Sandy Zavin
Scott Curtis
Scott MacEwan
Sergio M Rapu
Shaady Salehi
Sheena Smith
Shuling Yong
Stacey Kauffman
Steph Worth
Stephen Ling
Steven Goldman
Steven Moschidis
Sue Koscielski
Taylor Rosemeyer
Teri Elia
Terry Ruth V&uyn
Thomas Modeen
Tim Horsburgh
Tom Schroeder
Trish Worth
Tristan Arnold
Tristan Hanson
Tyler & Lauren Roth
Vicki Gersten
Victoria Garthwaite
Vivienne Gerard
Xan Aranda
Zach Warren
Zachary Riley
Zak Piper


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