Full Frame to honor Steve James with retrospective

We are thrilled to report that the work of Steve James will be honored at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. "Full Frame has always been one of my absolute favorite festivals because of its devotion to artistic and challenging documentaries and to making filmmakers feel loved and appreciated,” says Steve James, “That love extends from the passionate festivalgoers to Full Frame’s incredible staff and programmers. It is both thrilling and humbling to attend this year and receive this tribute.” In addition to having screened many of his films over the years, Full Frame previously invited Steve James to curate the festival's thematic program in 2009, where he showcased a series on sports documentaries. Continued

Film Streams in Omaha to present Steve James retrospective

Film Streams in Omaha, NE will welcome award winning documentary filmmaker Steve James as part of their Visiting Artist Series. Many of James’ exceptional films, dealing with a range of issues, will be screened from Saturday, May 4 – Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Ruth Sokolof Theatre at 1340 Mike Fahey St. in Omaha, NE. The series kicks off with Steve James’ and Kartemquin Films’ award winning documentary Hoop Dreams, noted by Roger Ebert as "one of the great moviegoing experiences of my lifetime." Also included in the series are: Stevie Reel Paradise Continued

Steve James Brings his Docs to USC & BYOD

This Friday, Steve James will present a special screening of The Interrupters at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, followed by discussion with USC alum Shaft director John Singleton, and The Interrupters stars Ameena Matthews and Eddie Bocanegra. The event is now sold out. Tomorrow, Steve will also present Stevie at USC SCA (get more info & RSVP). But if you can't attend, perhaps an online video interview of Steve James by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig! and We Live in Public) will help compensate! Continued

Internet Archive offers transformative tool for docmakers

A resource has launched that could transform documentary filmmaking: an expansive collection of broadcast TV news, hosted by the Internet Archive. One of the early beta testers of the new service was Kartemquin Producer Emily Hart (she was responsible for archival research on At the Death House Door and The Interrupters, among other projects). In May 2012, Emily met with other experimental collaborators at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. Below, Emily offers her thoughts on why this could be an invaluable tool for documentary filmmakers and other journalists, researchers, scholars and anyone with an interest in media, and how producers can best take advantage of its features. Continued

Carlos De Luna case back in the news

Fans of our Oscar-shortlisted 2008 documentary At The Death House Door will never forget the case of Carlos De Luna, the wrongly-executed man at the center of the film's study of the death penalty. The case is back in the news again this week thanks to Los Tacayos Carlos, a comprehensive new book and online report from Columbia Law School, which picks up where our film left off in arguing that De Luna was innocent.   Continued

Death and Texas

J. R. Jones of the Chicago Reader wrote a compelling comparison of our 2008 film At the Death House Door, directed by Peter Gilbert and Steve James, and Into the Abyss, a new film by Werner Herzog. In "Death and Texas", Jones goes into depth about the similarities and differences in both films examine and condemn the practice of capital punishment, and even share some interview subjects.   Jones states: "Without a doubt, this is one of the more grueling double features you could ever watch, but in concert the two movies might force you to think, rethink, and rethink again your position on the death penalty."   Continued

18 IDFA screenings for Kartemquin films

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) begins this week, and Kartemquin is honored to have a total of eighteen screenings of seven different films at the prestigious Dutch festival, the world's largest documentary-specific event. A number of these screenings are already sold out Continued

Seven Kartemquin Films to screen at IDFA 2011

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced its 2011 line-up, which includes A Good Man and The Interrupters. The festival, regularly cited as Europe's premier documentary event, runs November 16-27. This will mark the 7th festival of our 45th anniversary year in which the two films have screened together, and the two will be part of 7 total Kartemquin films screening at IDFA.   A Good Man and The Interrupters screen in the 'Masters' section of the festival, along with new works by some of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers alive. The films' respective directors Steve James and Gordon Quinn will attend for Kartemquin.   Continued

Stevie starts New York Steve James season

At IFC Center in New York at 8pm tonight celebrated director Steve James will attend a rare screening of his 2003 Kartemquin documentary Stevie. The event is hosted by the Stranger Than Fiction documentary programming series. Get tickets. Cynthia Fuchs of Pop Matters reviewed Stevie again ahead of the screening, giving the film 9/10 and praising the film's complexity and refusal to shape a judgment for the viewer: "Instead, it raises questions, considers unintended effects as well as good intentions. And it reveals the complex circulation of damage and anger, offenders and victims—who too often become offenders." Read the full review. Continued

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