Joanna Rudnick, Producer
Producer Joanna Rudnick is a documentary filmmaker with the award-winning, social-issue documentary film company Kartemquin Films. She recently completed her directorial debut In the Family, a nominee for the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming—Long Form. In the Family premiered at SILVERDOCS in 2008, was broadcast nationally on PBS' P.O.V. the same year, and was a finalist for the NIHCM Foundation's Health Care Radio and Television Journalism Award. She is currently producing two feature-length films for Kartemquin, Prisoner of Her Past, and A Good Man, and developing a documentary on photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world to photograph kids with genetic conditions. Joanna has been working in documentary filmmaking for a decade. During her tenure at the American Masters series at WNET in New York, Joanna co-produced Robert Capa in Love and War, which was broadcast on PBS and the BBC, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was the presenting film for the 2003 Emmy award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. Joanna holds a master's degree from NYU in Science and Environmental Reporting and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. She is an adjunct professor at Medill School of Journalism teaching a class in documentary filmmaking.
Gordon Quinn, Director
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.
Bob Hercules, Director
Bob Hercules is an award-winning producer/director of broadcast films and documentaries. He is also the co-owner of Media Process Group, a Chicago-based production company. His programs have appeared on PBS, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and IFC. His two most recent films both deal with the subject of dance: a film about famed choreographer Bill T. Jones entitled A Good Man (for the PBS series American Masters) and one entitled The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance. A Good Man premiered this April at the Full Frame Film Festival and will be broadcast on PBS in November 2011. Other films by Bob Hercules include his 2009 documentary, Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger, The 2006 films Senator Obama Goes to Africa and Forgiving Dr. Mengele, and the 1999 documentary The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy.