Full Frame dates announced for A Good Man and The Interrupters

The Full Frame International Documentary Film Festival has announced screening dates and time for Kartemquin's A Good Man and The Interrupters today. A Good Man will have its World Premiere at the festival on Sunday April 17th at 2pm. Co-Directors Gordon Quinn and Bob Hercules will attend, as will the documentary's mesmeric subject, choreographer Bill T. Jones, and other members of the production crew. Be sure not to miss what promises to be an momentous occasion. Gordon Quinn also attended last year, where Taylor Chain was shown as part of a retrospective thematic program. Continued

A Good Man to debut at Full Frame

Kartemquin is proud to announce that A Good Man will have its World Premiere at the prestigious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April.  A Good Man follows the controversial modern dance choreographer Bill T. Jones over two years as he and his company create a dance-theatre piece on Abraham Lincoln.  Jones grapples with the contradictions of Lincoln’s legacy as he struggles working with the young minds and bodies of the dancers who were not alive during the civil rights movement; a time that formed Jones into who he is. Continued

WTTW to air 10 Kartemquin films for our 45th anniversary!

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning documentaries as part of our 45th anniversary celebration. The series will include the television premieres of three films: PRISONER OF HER PAST, about late-onset PTSD; THE iNTERRUPTERS, about former Chicago gang members who now stop violence; and the “American Masters” premiere of A GOOD MAN, a profile of the controversial Kennedy-award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones as he creates a new performance on Abraham Lincoln for the Ravinia Festival. Continued

Congratulations to Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones - subject of our 2011 release A Good Man - received a prestigious Kennedy Center Honor this weekend in celebration of his distinguished career. Speaking at the ceremony, President Barack Obama stated: “Bill T. Jones has earned widespread acclaim and artistic success in the hyper-competitive world of modern dance—all while battling poverty, homophobia, and racism. His unique performances have always been provocative—challenging audiences to confront important issues in a way that is at once captivating, agitating and extremely personal.” Congratulations to all at the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company! The ceremony will be televised on CBS on December 28th at 9pm ET. Continued

Kartemquin week in Chicago!

Our films American Arab, A Good Man, Prisoner of Her Past and Typeface are all getting a chance to shine in our hometown of Chicago this week. Usama Alshaibi will present clips from American Arab at a panel discussion at Columbia College Chicago from 7pm-9pm tonight. Panelists inlcude Marquette University sociologist Louise Cainkar, author of Homeland Insecurity: The Arab-American and Muslim Experience After 9/11; and Roosevelt University professor David Faris, who studies social and political change in the Middle East. Roxane Assaf of the Advisory Council on Arab Affairs will moderate. The event is free and open to public: Get more information. Continued

Following A Good Man

Ravinia profiled the creative process behind the editing of Kartemquin's upcoming film A Good Man in their magazine recently. The fascinating article offers great insight into how editor David E. Simpson has constructed a story from over 200 hours of raw footage documenting choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a dance-theatre performance at Ravinia on the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. A digital copy of the article "Following A Good Man" is now available at the Ravinia website for print and download (click through to page 22-23). Continued

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