Almost There Wins Special Jury Prize at Sarasota

The 2015 Sarasota Film Festival judges have awarded a Special Jury Prize for "complex hands-on storytelling" to Almost There. This is the second festival award for Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's film, about their discovery and complicated curation and caretaking of elderly "outsider" artist Peter Anton. It won an Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Geneva Film Festival, and was also a Jury Award Finalist at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in March 2015. The film next screens at the Arizona Film Festival on April 24th, and has also been confirmed to return to Sebastopol on June 27th as a "Best of the Fest" selection. Get more details. Expect more festival announcements very soon. Continued

Almost There screens twice in Chicago in April

Our home town crowd will get two chances to see our highly-acclaimed new film Almost There this April. The Midwest Independent Film Festival hosts the film on Tuesday, April 7th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, with directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden attending. Get your tickets in advance as these screening always sell out! At 8:15pm on Saturday, April 18th at the Logan Theatre, the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest) also hosts a free screening of the film, again with Rybicky and Wickenden attending. Get more details. Continued

On Beauty and Almost There win at Geneva Film Festival

This weekend, the 2015 Geneva Film Festival gave Joanna Rudnick's On Beauty the Best Documentary Short award, and Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden were given an Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for Almost There. Dan and Aaron were able to pick up both awards on behalf of Kartemquin at this upcoming Illinois film festival, now in its 8th year. The Audience Award winner at Chicago Film Festival, On Beauty continues to forge ahead with a busy festival schedule, with screenings coming up at the Reelabilities NY Disabilities Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, and Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. Continued

Almost There is a breakout hit at True/False 2015

Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky's Almost There came out of Columbia, Missouri's True/False Film Festival as one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the weekend, drawing critical acclaim and passionate viewer responses. Across three screenings, universally glowing reviews of the film came in on social media and in subsequent festival recaps from journalists. Look below, and on the film's Facebook and Twitter, for a smattering of the highlights. Continued

Almost There adds more festivals

Almost There has a flurry of festival appearances ahead. The film was recently announced as an official selection at True/False, Cleveland International Film Festival, Sebastopol Film Festival, Geneva Film Festival, and Wisconsin Film Festival. Fresh from a great experience at Big Sky (read all about it), and sold out shows in Chicago and Grand Rapids, Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky's film - which world premiered at DOC NYC in November 2014 - has great momentum heading in to spring and beyond. The film's confirmed list of appearances is now below, and with more due to be added soon. February 28 / 1PM at Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale, IL. Continued

True/False gets Almost There

We're delighted to announce that Almost There will screen at the 2015 True/False Film Festival, held this March 5-8 in Columbia, Missouri. The film's screening times are: Fri, Mar 6 / 5:00PM / Little Ragtag Sat, Mar 7 / 9:45AM / The Vimeo Theater at The Blue Note Sat, Mar 7 / 8:30PM / Forrest Theater Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's film about their discovery and caretaking of elderly artist Peter Anton was one of just 38 films selected from over 1,200 submissions and is our first film to screen at the increasingly popular and prestigious festival since 2011, when The Interrupters (on which Wickenden was an editor), screened there. Continued

High praise and packed houses for Almost There's Chicago premieres

In its triumphant Chicago premiere weekend, Almost There was greeted with two sold out houses at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and a bevy of fantastic reviews and media attention. The overwhelmingly joyous and positive response was extremely gratifying for co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, who spent eight years working on the film since first discovering their subject, elderly "outsider" artist Peter Anton. Continued

Farewell 2014; Hello 2015!

A record-breaking year for Kartemquin saw six of our documentary projects have world premieres in 2014: Life Itself at Sundance Film Festival in January. The Homestretch at Hot Docs in April. On Beauty at Chicago International Film Festival in October. The School Project simultaneously on the web, TV and with a live event at Chicago History Museum in October. Almost There at DOC NYC in November. Saving Mes Aynak at IDFA in November. Continued

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