Abacus earns Best Political Documentary at 2017 Critics' Choice Awards

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James earned the Critics' Choice Award for Best Political Documentary last night at the 2017 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. Producers Julie Goldman and Chris Clements accepted the award on the film's behalf. Members of the Sung family, who were also nominated for Most Compelling Living Subjects, were present at the ceremonies as well. The film garnered three Critics' Choice Award nominations including Best Documentary, Best Political Documentary and Most Compelling Living Subjects. Continued

Edith+Eddie, Abacus head to DOC NYC

Edith+Eddie by filmmaker Laura Checkoway and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James continue their respectively successful and award-winning festival runs – both traveling to DOC NYC, America's largest documentary film festival, running November 9-16. Three films that went through our KTQ Labs program will also have their NYC premieres at the fest, including Shot in the Dark, Samantha's Amazing Acrocats and Zero Weeks Abacus screenings at DOC NYC Continued

Abacus named to DOC NYC's Short List of Oscar contenders

Kartemquin is thrilled to share that Abacus:Small Enough to Jail earned a spot on DOC NYC's 15-film Short List of Academy Award contenders. DOC NYC is America's largest documentary festival. Historically, most DOC NYC picks do land on the Academy's official 15-film Oscar Short List. Thom Powers, DOC NYC's artistic director as well as documentary programmer for TIFF (where Abacus world premiered), oversees curation of the DOC NYC Short List of films. For the past four years, the Short List had nine to 10 titles overlap with the Academy's official Short List, with four to five titles going on to Oscar nominations. Continued

Justin Lin to direct feature adaptation of ABACUS; ABACUS broadcasts nationwide on PBS FRONTLINE tomorrow!

Deadline announced today that director Justin Lin will direct a feature film based on Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James. Lin and his Perfect Storm Entertainment production company have optioned the remake rights to the documentary and the life story rights of the Sung Family. Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) will write the screenplay. Abacus producer Mark Mitten will be a producer on the feature, with the Abacus' director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself) serving as an executive producer. Continued

Abacus plays 'Best of Fest' at Camden IFF

Kartemquin will be well-represented at this year's Camden International Film Festival, with Abacus: Small Enough to Jail earning a place in CIFF's 'Best of Fest' program; Abacus director Steve James participating in the Points North Forum's The Verité Director workshop with Jeff Unay (THE CAGE FIGHTER); KTQ Internship grad Sebastián Pinzón Silva's short Palenque will screen in the fest's shorts program, and two #KTQLabs grads Shot in the Dark and Quest will screen at the fest as well (Shot in the Dark will open the festival). Continued

Abacus broadcast premieres on PBS' FRONTLINE September 12

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail will have its broadcast premiere on PBS' FRONTLINE on September 12 at 10PM ET / 9PM CT. Following the broadcast, the film will stream online for free at pbs.org/frontline. The newest film by director Steve James, Abacus tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Abacus becomes the only US bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves––and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community–over the course of a five-year legal battle. Continued

ABACUS now available for DVD pre-order; returns to Chicago

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the newest film by director Steve James is now available to pre-order on DVD for the special price of $19.99 (usually $24.99) until September 12! The DVD includes complete Mandarin subtitles. Pre-order Abacus on DVD here! Abacus has had an extremely successful theatrical run through PBS Distribution, holding for six consecutive weeks at the IFC Center in New York City and earning extended runs in the following cities: Berkeley, Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco and London; as well as a return engagement in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center beginning August 4! Abacus returns to the Gene Siskel Film Center for a week-long engagement, running August 4-10. Continued

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