Chicago International Film Festival screens Golub: Late Works Are The Catastrophes

Our classic documentary Golub: Late Works Are The Catastrophes screens for free at Chicago Cultural Center at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 1st. Reflecting what he calls the “disjunctiveness” of modern life, artist Leon Golub’s massive canvasses depict unpleasant imagery – mercenary killings, torture, and death squads. This documentary reveals the full complexity of Golub’s work, juxtaposing images and ideas, and following the artist at work from 1985 to 2004. Golub offers not simply a profile of a painter with a political conscience, but an investigation into the power of the artist to reflect our times and to change the way we think about our world. 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

The Politics of Labor, Art and Healthcare

Chicago audiences can see three classic Kartemquin films this week, focusing on the politics of labor, art and healthcare.   This Saturday at 4pm, The Last Pullman Car (1983) will screen for FREE on the historic Pullman site in Chicago, with filmmakers Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn attending. The film's depiction of the 1981 fight of workers to keep their jobs working at Pullman has renewed relevance 30 years later, showing yet another story of American industry abandoning our workers and communities. The screening is part of the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, and is hosted by South Side Projections, the Pullman State Historic Site, and the Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society. Get more information. Continued

Kartemquin Films 10-Week Retrospective at Doc Films: come and enjoy our classics on the big screen!

The University of Chicago's Doc Films welcomes back Kartemquin Films with a 10-week retrospective featuring 19 of our most memorable documentaries! In celebration of our 45th anniversary, Doc Films is bringing the art of documentary storytelling back to the place where our history began, showing at 7pm every Sunday night Oct 2-Dec 4.   This retrospective is a crowning moment of the long-standing relationship between UChicago and Kartemquin, which was founded by 3 UChicago graduates, and is currently led by Justine Nagan (U Chicago MAPH 2004). The story of Kartemquin, while little known on campus, is possibly one of the biggest successes of UChicago's “Life of the Mind.”   Continued

Good week for watching Golub

Chicago area fans of Kartemquin's acclaimed documentary Golub: Late Works Are The Catastrophes will have two chances to watch the film for free this week. This is a rare opportunity to see a film hailed by Chicago Reader critic Jonathan Rosenbaum as "probably not only Kartemquin's best film but also the best film account of the creation of a work of art" and discuss it with the film's co-directors, one of whom will be present at each screening. Continued

Golub regains art world's attention

Kartemquin's films about the late artist Leon Golub, available on the DVD Golub/Spero, are currently enjoying extended runs as part of exhibitions taking place in New York and Vancouver. The New York exhibition "Leon Golub: Live and Die like a Lion?" at The Drawing Center runs until July 23rd, and has already received stellar reviews including a profile by esteemed critic Peter Schjedahl in the New Yorker. Kartemquin's Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes is playing on a loop during the exhibit. Continued

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