Chicago-based non-profit documentary organization Kartemquin Films has appointed former #CreateLouisiana exec Jolene Pinder as executive director.
At Kartemquin, Pinder will be tasked with overseeing all aspects of operations, programs and serving as executive producer on all of Kartemquin’s forthcoming documentaries when she joins the organization on June 10.
She was selected by Kartemquin’s board of directors following a national search conducted over a seven-month period. Pinder replaces Elspeth Revere who served as Kartemquin’s interim executive director following the December 2018 departure of Betsy Steinberg.
“What was most attractive about Jolene to our committee was her track record in finding financial support for filmmakers, building programs to support emerging voices in documentary, and helping to build regional advocacy movements on behalf of filmmakers, activities which are all in line with Kartemquin’s current strategic initiatives,” said Fenell Doremus, chair of the search committee, in a statement.
Pinder joins the organization from #CreateLouisiana, which champions Indigenous talent and supports the entertainment industries in the region. During her two-year tenure as executive director, Pinder managed statewide and regional advocacy efforts and grant-making initiatives.
Prior to this, she served as executive director of the New Orleans Film Society. Over a six-year period, Pinder helped grow annual attendance at the New Orleans Film Festival and launched signature initiatives to support Southern storytellers.
Additionally, Pinder has indie production experience as a producer of 2018 DOC NYC selection All Skinfolk Ain’t Kinfolk and the forthcoming Sundance Institute and IDA-funded Hollow Tree, and was a staff producer at Arts Engine / Big Mouth Productions.
“When people ask me how we survived for 50 years, I say it’s because we paid attention to what was going on, and tried to understand our place in the period of history we were in,” added Gordon Quinn, artistic director and co-founder of Kartemquin. “Jolene’s varied background and success with other organizations sets us up to move boldly into the future as we adapt to the changing landscape and endeavor to support the next generation of documentary filmmakers who are trying to play a role in our democratic society.”
Founded in 1966, the six-time Emmy Award-winning Kartemquin helps develop filmmakers, produces films and advocates for the field of documentary. Over its 53-year history, the Minding the Gap producer helped launch the careers of 500+ documentarians, and aids more than 40 filmmakers annually through its filmmaker development programs.