• Rouch (left) with fellow ethnographer Edgar Morin in

In this concluding segment of my three-part interview with Gordon Quinn and Judy Hoffman—cofounder and longtime board member, respectively, of Chicago’s Kartemquin Films—we discuss how French ethnographer and filmmaker Jean Rouch influenced various projects they pursued over the years. Hoffman served as Rouch’s assistant in the early 1970s when he attended the ninth annual Congress on Anthropological and Ethnographic Sciences in Chicago and later worked with him on an aborted film about the city’s jazz scene. Quinn’s connection to Rouch is less direct, but no less significant; as he explained in previous installments of the interview, Rouch was a key influence on such early Kartemquin films as Inquiring Nuns and Home for Life. As I learned in this conversation, following in Rouch’s footsteps is no easy task. His method of “shared anthropology” opens up practitioners to all sorts of unexpected challenges, as Quinn and Hoffman make clear. My thanks to Kartemquin’s Tim Horsburgh for arranging this interview and to the Gene Siskel Film Center, whose ongoing Rouch retrospective inspired me to propose it in the first place.

Read the first part here, and the second part here.