About the Filmmakers

Dinesh Sabu – Director, Co-Producer

Based in Chicago, Dinesh is an independent documentary filmmaker who recently completed his first feature-length documentary. Dinesh learned vérité cinematography from legendary Kartemquin Co-founder Gordon Quinn. His completed cinematography credits include American Arab and Waking in Oak Creek. Dinesh holds a black belt in Tomiki Aikido and rides a Triumph Bonneville in his free time. Dinesh graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2006. In 2014 Dinesh was awarded a fellowship from Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab. In 2011 he was a finalist for the prestigious Edes Prize for Emerging Artists. Unbroken Glass is his directorial debut.

Matt Lauterbach — Editor

Matt Lauterbach has edited a rich variety of features, profiles, short documentaries, and other media for clients such as Kartemquin Films, the Kindling Group, and 371 Productions. Recent editing credits include Penelope: The Documentary (2012), @home (2013), American Arab (2013), Saving Mes Aynak (2014) and There Are Jews Here (2016). He also served as Post Production Manager (2012-2014) at Kartemquin Films during two of the most productive years in the organization’s 50-year history. Matt is dedicated to making the arts and digital media accessible to those with low vision, hearing, or mobility. He co-directed Chicago’s ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival in 2015, and is currently producing a multimedia website called Beyond Blind: A Guide for the Sighted, which addresses common misconceptions and stereotypes about blindness.

R. Patrick Lile — Co-Producer

Patrick Lile has most recently served as the Outreach Coordinator for Steve James’s award winning documentary, The Interrupters (2011). He spent two seasons as a science Segment Producer for WTIU-PBS’s Regional Emmy Award winning, Friday Zone (2001-2003). Patrick served as an assistant editor on Steve James’s Head Games (2012) and Life Itself (2014). Patrick recently completed directing and producing the short documentary Sportswriter (2014). He received his MFA in documentary film from Columbia College Chicago.

Melissa Sage Fadim — EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Melissa Sage Fadim is the creator and executive producer of the documentary series “Islands Without Cars.” This unique series offers viewers the opportunity to experience islands around the world that operate outside of the frantic pace of modern urban life and provides the opportunity to travel back in time. The series was written and produced by three-time Chicago Emmy winner Terry Spencer Hesser. Melissa is also the executive producer of the acclaimed documentary “Raising the Barre: The Homer Bryant Story” (2009).

Gordon Quinn — Executive Producer

Gordon Quinn is one of the founders of Kartemquin Films, a 2007 recipient of the MacArthur award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Gordon’s 45 years of documentaries include Home for Life (1966), Taylor Chain (1980), Golub (1988), Hoop Dreams (1994), Vietnam, Long Time Coming (1998), and The New Americans (2004).  Other Executive Producer credits include Five Girls (2001), In The Family (2008), Milking the Rhino (2008), At The Death House Door (2008), Typeface (2009), No Crossover: The Trial of Alan Iverson (2010) and The Interrupters (2011).  Recently, he directed Prisoner of Her Past (2010), and co-directed A Good Man (2011) about Bill T. Jones for American Masters. He is currently executive producing several projects at Kartemquin, and directing 63 Boycott (2014), a short film and transmedia project about the 1963 school boycott in Chicago.

Justine Nagan — Executive Producer

Justine Nagan is currently the Executive Director of American Documentary. Formerly she served as Kartemquin Films’ Executive Director and as Executive Producer for several films with the company, including The Interrupters (2011) and The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013). With Kartemquin, Justine directed Typeface (2009), and was Associate Producer on the Peabody award-winning Terra Incognita (2007). Justine is active in the media community and has sat on several boards and festival juries. She holds a Masters from the University of Chicago in the Humanities, and a Bachelors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Leslie Simmer — Executive Producer

Acting as Kartemquin’s Editorial Director as well as Senior Editor on staff, Leslie has worked at Kartemquin Films in various capacities for over ten years.  She recently finished editing Homestretch, about youth homelessness. Before that she worked on the ITVS supported As Goes Janesville (2012), a feature film on the economic crisis.  Other recent experience includes editing Steve James’ No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, and the Emmy-nominated In the Family (2008) for which she received the Best Editing win at the “Best of the Midwest Awards” and was broadcast on POV.

BETSY STEINBERG — EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Executive Director Betsy Steinberg joined Kartemquin in December 2015 and oversees daily operations, 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 she spearheaded Illinois’ transformation into a world class film destination. She was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois film tax credit and implemented an overall business development strategy resulting in over $1 billion in direct economic impact. During her tenure the state broke all local film industry revenues in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013 and the 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.

Joshua Abrams — Composer

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams has recorded seven albums as a leader and collaborated on over a hundred recordings. The New York Times describes his record Represencing as “music that hints at the ceremonial without losing its modern bearings.” In addition to Life Itself and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Joshua has composed soundtracks for The Interrupters and the short film A Place Called Pluto.

About Kartemquin Films


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 48 years of being Chicago’s documentary powerhouse.

Kartemquin sparks democracy through documentary. Their films, such as The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, and The New Americans have left a lasting impact on millions of viewers. A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by audience and community engagement strategies, and for its innovative media arts community programs.

Their recent films include Steve James’ Life Itself; Usama Alshaibi’s American Arab; Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare’s The Homestretch; Joanna Rudnick’s On Beauty; and Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden’s Almost There.