Meet the Panelist - Justine Nagan

Justine Nagan is Kartemquin Films’ Executive Director as well as an Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer on staff.  She is responsible for managing day-to-day operations as well as building a foundation under the historic non-profit for future sustainability and continued excellence. Kartemquin Films is a 48 year-old media arts non-profit that creates powerful social issue documentaries and serves as a talent incubator for the Midwest. With Kartemquin, she directed Typeface, an award-winning doc on American typography and the short Sacred Transformations, which premiered at the 2010 Big Sky Film Festival.  She is an Executive Producer on several Kartemquin films, including Life Itself, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Life Itself and Almost There.   Formerly she was the organization's Director of Communications & Distribution, and the Associate Producer on the Peabody-Award winning documentary Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita.


Justine is part of the second class of the National Arts Strategies’ CEO program.  She was a Chicago Fellow in the 2013 Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management Class at Harvard and was selected to join the 2012 Leadership Greater Chicago class of fellows. She has served on many festival juries and selection committees and is currently on the Advisory Board for Midwest Independent Film Festival, the founding Good Pitch Chicago Board, and on the Chicago Cultural Tourism Commission.  She has a Master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Justine lives in Hyde Park on the south side of Chicago, with her husband Matt and son Rhett.