Award-winning director and producer Joanna Rudnick has been a documentary filmmaking associate with Kartemquin Films for more than a decade. She most recently directed an episode of “Hard Earned,” a six-part television series following the lives of hard-working Americans produced by Kartemquin for Al Jazeera America. Joanna was the supervising producer on the HBO film “Crossfire Hurricane” – a chronicle of Rolling Stones’ 50-year history. Her directorial debut, “In the Family,” was nominated for a national Emmy Award in 2009. It premiered at SILVERDOCS, was broadcast nationally on PBS’ P.O.V. and internationally in a dozen countries. Through her work with the film, Joanna lobbied the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and challenged the patent of BRCA genes. Joanna produced Kartemquin’s “Prisoner of Her Past,” a story about a Holocaust survivor who relives her traumatic childhood in a state of late onset PTSD, and “A Good Man,” a film about creating a major dance theatre piece on Abraham Lincoln by choreographer Bill T. Jones. Before coming to Kartemquin, Joanna worked with AMERICAN MASTERS at WNET (PBS) in New York, co-producing “Robert Capa in Love and War.” She has a master’s degree from NYU in Science and Environmental Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.