Kartemquin Films, the award-winning not-for-profit documentary production collective, has announced Betsy Steinberg as the organization’s new executive director. Steinberg will begin at Kartemquin (“Hoop Dreams,” “The Interrupters,” etc.) on December 1, just ahead of its 50th anniversary year in 2016.
In the position, Steinberg succeeds Justine Nagan, who was recently named Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) and Executive Producer of POV (Point of View), after over a decade with Kartemquin. Steinberg will oversee all aspects of the company’s filmmaking, programs and operations, serving as executive producer on all new films.
“Of all the candidates, Betsy immediately demonstrated the ethics and passion we know Kartemquin needs, and we are confident she will lead the staff and filmmakers to meet the challenges ahead while maintaining the values we have represented for five decades,” said Kartemquin Board Chair Jason Stephens.
“I am honored to be joining Kartemquin and am inspired by its mission and the artistic integrity of its filmmakers,” said Steinberg. “I hope to build on the tremendous accomplishments of Gordon and Justine as Kartemquin enters its 50th year and beyond.”
Steinberg joins Kartemquin having served as the Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office from 2007-2015, guiding the local industry through an era of unprecedented growth. Kartemquin currently has over 12 films in production.