Sergio MATA'U Rapu
Producer / Director

Native Rapanui Producer/Director Sergio Mata’u Rapu is the only Easter Islander working in production in an English speaking country. He has spent the last 15 years shooting, and producing documentaries that have aired on History Channel, Travel Channel, National Geographic, and NOVA. Through his work, Sergio aims to show the diversity of life through thought provoking media to inspire resolutions to social, economic, and environmental conflicts.


Writer / associate Producer

Elena Rapu is an anthropologist and filmmaker. She received her MA in Anthropology from SUNY Binghamton, specializing in the Pacific. She has 15 years of experience on Easter Island working in archaeology, the hotel industry, and guiding tours. She is passionate about exploring the complex realities faced by living cultures as they grow and change in a globalized world. 


Gordon Quinn
Executive producer

Gordon Quinn is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films. He has produced, directed and/or been cinematographer on over 55 documentaries across five decades, and given valuable editorial, ethical, fair use and production advice on countless more. He has won three Emmy’s, a Peabody, and numerous other awards from the Sundance Film Festival, IDA, and DGA along with an Oscar nomination for Hoop Dreams.


Betsy Steinberg
Executive producer

Betsy is the Executive Director of Kartemquin Films. 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. Betsy has served as vice president of business development for Towers Productions developing and pitching documentary specials and series for A&E, History, Discovery and National Geographic. She also supervised, produced and directed documentary specials and series including Emmy nominated Isaac's Storm and The Times Capsule, a co-production with the New York Times and History Channel.


jeff saunders

Jeff has been a freelance Director of Photography since 1995 and has won multiple awards for his work in television and feature length documentaries. Some of his most successful television productions include Space Mysteries, the four hour series for National Geographic, Lost Landscape: America’s Tallgrass Prairie for PBS, and 100 Greatest Discoveries hosted by Bill Nye for the Discovery Channel.



Mark Mostad
2nd camera / aerial photography

With over 20 years of production experience both in news, commercial, and corporate projects, Mark Mostad brings a versatile skill set to the team. He is fluent in production sound techniques as well as an avid camera operator and gaffer. Additionally, he has extensive production travel experience that has taken him around the world including the Tour de France, Soccer World Cup, Super Bowl and to over 15 countries on various assignments.


Liz kaar

Liz Kaar is an independent documentary filmmaker and editor working in Chicago and Latin America. She has worked with Kartemquin Films in various capacities for over 10 years. She was an assistant editor for Kartemquin’s, In the Family, Milking the Rhino, and No Crossover and she edited Kartemquin’s feature-length documentary Typeface, as well as a slew of shorts, demos and trailers for the company. Most recently she edited and associate produced the feature-length music documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year and is currently working on the Kartemquin Films and Al Jazeera America co-production six part series Hard Earned.


KArtemquin Films

Kartemquin Films is a not-for-profit collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. In 2016, Kartemquin celebrated 50 years of sparking democracy through documentary. Best known for producing Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters among over 50 other documentaries that examine and critique society through the lives of ordinary people, Kartemquin has won almost every available prize for documentary filmmaking, including multiple Emmy, Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards, Independent Spirit, IDA, PGA and DGA awards, and an Oscar nomination. A revered resource on issues of ethics and storytelling, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by comprehensive audience engagement, and for its innovative programs and advocacy designed to elevate the documentary community.