Keep Talking

Documentary | Karen Lynn Weinberg

Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, a critically endangered language with only 41 fluent Elders remaining. At language immersion camp, young Sadie (13) is inspired. Over the course of the film, Sadie evolves from painful shyness into a powerful young woman with a strong connection to her culture.

57 minutes

Release: July 2, 2018

Expiration: July 2, 2022

Distributor: PBS Plus

Rights: Unlimited releases over four (4) years beginning 7/2/2018;

SCH/1YR (for K‐12); and non‐commercial cable rights.

Karen Lynn Weinberg

After working in film as an editor and producer, “Keep Talking” is KAREN LYNN WEINBERG's long form documentary directorial debut. Editing credits include Spilled Water (PBS/WTTW 2014), One Night Stand (nationwide theatrical release, 2013; also Associate Produced), Certainty (Boston Film Festival ‘Best Editing’ award, theatrical release 2012), episodes of MysteryQuest and Clash of the Gods (the History Channel), and the documentary short, C-Rock.

Kari Sherod

KARI SHEROD's work as an Alutiiq Language Program Manager included strategizing and execution of numerous language revitalization projects. Raised as part of the Kodiak Alutiiq community in Port Lions, Alaska- a remote commercial fishing village (population 200) - she has a unique perspective as a member of this small Alaska Native community facing the monumental task of revitalizing their endangered language.

Betsy Steinberg

Executive Producer
BETSY STEINBERG joined Kartemquin in December 2015 and oversees daily operations, development, and serves as Executive Producer on Kartemquin projects. 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. She was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois film tax credit and implemented an overall business development strategy resulting in over $1 billion in direct economic impact.

Gordan Quinn

Executive Producer
Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, GORDAN QUINN has been making documentaries for over 45 years. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) “an extraordinarily moving documentary.” With Home for Life Gordon established the direction he would take for the next four decades, making cinéma vérité films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.