University of Chicago to honor Gordon Quinn

The University of Chicago will honor Gordon Quinn, AB '65, with an Alumni Professional Achievement Award. The Professional Achievement Awards honor alumni whose achievements in their vocational fields have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University, and real benefit to their communities. The Awards event takes place at the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Friday, November 4th, at 7:30pm. After the awards ceremony, the festivities continue with a Career Month celebration and alumni networking event. Get more information. Continued

#KTQ50 Los Angeles retrospective begins this Friday with Raising Bertie LA premiere

Beginning this Friday September 16th and continuing through September 26th, the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the International Documentary Association (IDA) will host a 15-film KTQ retrospective at the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles. Kartemquin Artistic Director and Founder Gordon Quinn sat down with UCLA for an interview during which Quinn discussed the mission, values, past and future of Kartemquin. Find an excerpt below: Continued

Gordon Quinn and Kartemquin Named "The Best"

We are honored to announce that our founder, artistic director, and all-around documentary and fair-use guru, Gordon Quinn has been chosen in a reader poll by the Chicago Reader as the best Chicago filmmaker for their Best of Chicago 2016 series. Gordon, along with the rest of the Kartemquin family, just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the company he founded back in 1966 as a young, hopeful, and ambitious filmmaker who had just graduated from the University of Chicago along with fellow co-founders Jerry Temaner and Stan Karter. Continued

Kartemquin opens up archives for historic exhibition

Ahead of our 50th anniversary celebration on June 24th at the Harris Theater Rooftop, we open our archives to the Chicago public with the exhibition “Kartemquin Films 1966-2016: Democracy through Documentary” opening on May 21st and running through August 20th at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60601). RSVP here to join us for the opening night reception and preview from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m on Friday, May 20. Continued

Happy 50th New Year! Watch our first film Home for Life for free

Welcome to the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin! In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s work, and the power of documentary to inspire action. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. We begin with Kartemquin's first film, Home for Life (1966), an engrossing cinéma vérité depiction of the experiences of two elderly people in their first month at a home for the aged. A young Roger Ebert, reviewing the film at the 1967 Chicago International Film Festival for the Chicago Sun-Times, called it "an extraordinarily moving documentary." We've included Ebert's full review in the package, along with videos and documents that explain how Kartemquin began, got its name, and formed a philosophy of making films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people. Continued

IDA Interview with Gordon Quinn about Career Achievement Award

On December 5th, 2015, the International Documentary Association (IDA) will be presenting Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin founder and artistic director, with the prestigious Career Achievement Award. In a recent interview with IDA’s Peter Kurie, Quinn reflected not only on the past five decades within Kartemquin, but also on the years preceding its founding and the experiences that ignited his passion for documentary, fair use and public media. Although narrative pieces initially drew him to film, Quinn was sold on documentary as a University of Chicago student after he watched Ricky Leacock and Joyce Chopra’s Happy Mother’s Day. Continued

Kartemquin and Fandor to Jointly Release Films

Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service for independent and international films, announced today that they will jointly release over thirty films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films, sixteen of which debut today. The move underscores Fandor and Kartemquin’s commitment to providing extraordinary cinema to an ever-growing audience of film enthusiasts. “I have greatly admired the remarkable work of Kartemquin Films for decades,” stated Jonathan Marlow, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Fandor. “We are absolutely delighted to add their phenomenal documentaries to the Fandor service.” Continued

International Documentary Association to honor Gordon Quinn with Career Achievement Award

The International Documentary Association (IDA) will present its prestigious 2015 Career Achievement Award to Gordon Quinn, Founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films. Gordon will receive the honor at the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards at Paramount Pictures' Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Previous winners of the illustrious award include Robert Redford, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Ricky Leacock, Albert Maysles, Frederick Wiseman, Henry Hampton, Robert Drew, Michael Moore, Marcel Ophuls, Jean Rouch, Walter Cronkite, and Bill Moyers. Continued

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