Kartemquin’s Justine Nagan to succeed Kilmurry at ‘POV’

Justine Nagan is leaving Chicago-based Kartemquin Films to become the executive producer of PBS doc strand 'POV' and the executive director of American Documentary, Inc.
August 11, 2015

Justine Nagan is leaving Kartemquin Films to become the executive producer of PBS doc strand ‘POV’ and the executive director of American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc).

She replaces Simon Kilmurry, who left AmDoc and ‘POV’ in April after 16 years to join the International Documentary Association as executive director. Nagan will begin the job part-time in late September before relocating from Chicago to New York in December.

Her responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of AmDoc and ‘POV’ programming and operations, including production, programming, community engagement, education, POV Digital, development, business affairs, communications and management of the ‘POV’ series. She will also exec produce America ReFramed, a year-round showcase of indie docs that airs on the World Channel.

Since 2008, Nagan has served as the executive director and an executive producer at Chicago-based producer Kartemquin, the company behind Steve James’ Life Itself and The Interrupters, among many other docs. Her directorial credits include Typeface and the short Sacred Transformations.

“It’s a pivotal time for independent media and documentary in our culture,” Nagan said in a statement. “People are increasingly seeking authentic voices and quality storytelling to engage and inform them about the issues of our time. AmDoc [and] POV represents a trusted bridge between those hungry audiences and the stories they need.

“My time at Kartemquin Films has continuously fed my passion for documentary and well-prepared me for the responsibilities that lie ahead,” she added. “I am sad to leave them on the eve of their 50th anniversary celebrations in 2016, but I am confident the organization is in an incredibly strong position to continue its role as a leader in independent documentary production.”

“We wish Justine well in the new challenges that she is taking on,” said Kartemquin co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn in a statement. “Under her leadership, the organization has significantly expanded its programs to assist documentary filmmakers, and seen unprecedented levels of production and final growth.”

Prior to 2008, Nagan was Kartemquin’s director of communications and distribution and associate producer of the Peabody Award-winning doc Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita. She has also worked for the Chicago International Film Festival and Wisconsin Public Television.

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