Gordon Quinn on documentary ethics

This weekend the 2014 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will honor Kartemquin co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn with a career achievement award, while showing multiple Kartemquin films (see below for details). Ahead of the award ceremony and his Hot Springs masterclass on documentary ethics, Gordon spoke to IndieWIRE's Casey Ciprani about the topic. "We as documentary filmmakers, I feel, have a responsibility towards ethics," said Quinn. "You owe your audience to tell the truth, to get to the bottom of the story, to be accurate in what you're presenting." Read the full article, which contains more choice words of advice from Gordon Quinn. Continued

Roger Ebert: a visionary, a champion and a friend.

Kartemquin Films is devastated by the loss of Roger Ebert. He was a visionary, a champion and a friend. In his first year as a film critic in 1967, he reviewed our very first film, Home for Life. In 1994, he and Gene Siskel became early impassioned, vocal supporters for our film Hoop Dreams in such an unprecedented way that it not only changed our lives, but forever altered public perception of the potential for documentary film. We were honored last year when he agreed to trust us to create a documentary based on his memoir, Life Itself. In the wake of his death, we are further humbled and proud to be telling his story and celebrating the impact of his life. Production will continue. Continued

Steve James to direct Roger Ebert documentary

Steve James will direct a documentary based on the life of Roger Ebert, to be executive produced by Steven Zaillian and Martin Scorsese. As you can imagine, we at Kartemquin are delighted to announce this new production; as was Roger Ebert today on Twitter. Ebert also told Matt Singer at IndieWIRE: "I believe Steve James' Hoop Dreams is one of the greatest documentaries ever made, and my hopes for this [new documentary] are high." Continued

50% off everything in the Kartemquin store

We are giving thanks to you for all the amazing support we've received in 2011, and offering 50% off purchases in the Kartemquin store! Use the coupon code KTQHOLIDAY11 from now until December 19th and grab a perfect holiday gift for the documentary lover in your life!   New items in the store include the DVD of A Good Man, our PBS American Masters documentary on choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a work about Abraham Lincoln, plus everything else we have on DVD, from Hoop Dreams to Home for Life, and Taylor Chain to Typeface! 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

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