Watch a video recap of the 2014 Spring Showcase

For those of you who couldn't attend - or just want to relive - the 2014 Kartemquin Spring Showcase, watch the recap video of our third annual sold out event. The Spring Showcase invites an audience to preview and discuss four new works-in-progress by Kartemquin filmmakers in a spirit of creative collaboration. The video was edited by KTQ spring 2014 intern Stephanie Sunata. The Gene Siskel Film Center hosted the event for the third year, with the crowd reacting very positively to the short clips shown by Hard Earned; In the Game; Raising Bertie and Generation Food. Continued

#SpringShowcase is Sold Out! Meet the Directors

The 3rd annual Kartemquin Spring Showcase is tonight! And it is completely sold out for the 3rd year in a row. The #SpringShowcase features exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from four of our upcoming documentaries, with viewer feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and in a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into our process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. Since we can only fit so many people into Gene Siskel Film Center tonight, follow the conversation on Twitter: @Kartemquin and #SpringShowcase. Continued

Tickets now on sale for the Kartemquin Spring Showcase

The 3rd annual Kartemquin Spring Showcase invites you to enjoy exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from four of our upcoming documentaries, and give your feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and in a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into our process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. TICKETS NOW ON SALE: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/kartemquin_spring_showcase_2014 Friday, May 2nd at 8:30pm, with a filmmaker reception to follow for all ticketholders Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St, Chicago, IL. Tickets $11, GSFC Members $6. Continued

Upworthy generates new interest in Generation Food

Over the last few days, we've seen a wave of individual donations to Generation Food, the in-progress Steve James and Raj Patel transmedia documentary on sharing new solutions to the world's food problems. We've also seen deluge of supportive social media shares of the film's 2012 fundraising trailer, made for their very successful Indiegogo appeal. The single source for all this recent - and very welcome - interest in the project? A single post on Upworthy. Our thanks to them for bringing many new people and new funders to the film! 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

Kartemquin connections at CIFF

The 48th Chicago International Film Festival begins tomorrow night, and a number of events and screenings will have a KTQ connection. We encourage you to see as many films as you can at our hometown fest, but especially these! You can catch the Chicago premiere of our latest film As Goes Janesville, panels featuring Steve James and Justine Nagan, and two Chicago-made documentaries we urge you to support. Get tickets for these and more CIFF events here. AS GOES JANESVILLE SAT 10/13 • 2:30 PM *Director, Producer and Editor/Co-writer scheduled to attend Director: Brad Lichtenstein Continued

Steve James Talks Crowdfunding on Indiewire

Generation Food director Steve James discussed the crowdfunding progress for his upcoming film on Indiewire this week. In the article, Steve weighs the benefits of involving an audience early on with the risks of over-exposing a doc in progress. Making comparisons to his earlier films with Kartemquin, Steve notes the intensive labor involved in crowdfunding but posits that it's the way of the future for marketing for independent documentary.   Continued

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