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

KTQ producers star in 2014 New City Film 50

Chicago's New City magazine has published it's 2014 list of Chicago's "Screen Gems" - an annual list of the top 50 film artists in the city - and for the second year in a row, a Kartermquin producer is at #1. Steve James takes the top spot this year, receiving praise for his work on Life Itself and his long career of "explorations of the heart and humanity of Chicago." Out of the 50 names, the list contains a total of 11 Kartemquin producers and associates. These are: #1 - Steve James, director/producer of The Interrupters, and many more. Continued

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

Hard Earned completes principal photography

Hard Earned completed principal photography on June 2nd. With over 250 hours of footage in the can, editing continues on this six-hour series for Al Jazeera America, which follows five American families working low-wage jobs. Final shoots included a shift at a new Silicon Valley restaurant job for lead character Hilton, who has moved up to bar-back and busboy; a basketball game and father-son reunion for DJ, a former drugstore employee turned union organizer; and a stirring public speaking event for Emilia, a waitress on the southside of Chicago. Editors David E. Simpson (Life Itself, Head Games) and Liz Kaar (Typeface, Andrew Bird: Fever Year) continue editing and interweaving these stories into a 6-episode series. 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

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