Artistic Director and founder of Kartemquin Films, a 2007 recipient of the MacArthur award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Gordon’s 50 years of award wining documentaries include Home for Life, The Chicago Maternity Center Story, Taylor Chain, The Last Pullman Car, Golub, Hoop Dreams, Vietnam, Long Time Coming, Stevie, and The New Americans. Other Executive Producer credits, Five Girls, In The Family, Typeface, Milking the Rhino, At The Death House Door, and No Crossover: The Trial of Alan Iverson. Recently he directed Prisoner of Her Past and A Good Man (about Bill T. Jones) for American Masters, and Executive Produced The Interrupters for Frontline and, The Trials of Muhammad Ali and As Goes Janesville for Independent Lens. Currently he is EP on Kartemquin’s American Arab, The Homestretch, Almost There, On Beauty, Life Itself and for CNN and the 6 part series Hard Earned for Al Jazeera America.
Gordon is longtime activist for public and community media, serving on several boards including The Illinois Humanities Council, CAN-TV, The Public Square, and The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He was a lead documentarian in petitioning the copyright office for an exemption to the DMCA, and in creating the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use. He frequently speaks to the media, legal, and educational communities about Fair Use and about documentary ethics.