Steve James honored with Double Take Vangaurd Award at One Take Film Fest

Steve James will be honored with the One Take Film Festival's Double Take Vangaurd Award on May 21st at 12:00PM, just prior to the fest's screening of James' latest film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. In honor of James, the fest will also screen Hoop Dreams. The One Take Film Festival's Double Take Vanguard Award is an annual presentation that spotlights both past and contemporary work by a filmmaker. James is the recipient of the fest's inaugural award, characterized by the fest as "A master documentarian with a distinguished career and whose work illuminates humanity with honor, integrity, complexity and courage." Screenings: Abacus - Sunday, May 21 12PM Continued

Chicago's film community gathers to honor Roger Ebert; Kartemquin among 21 recipients of Ebert Foundation grant

On Tuesday, April 4, members of Chicago's film community, charity leaders and Chicago figures gathered outside of the Chicago Theatre to honor the late film critic Roger Ebert, who passed away on April 4, 2013. It was in that same spot outside of the Chicago theatre that Ebert delivered his famous quote about movies functioning as machines that generate empathy. Both Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn and director Steve James (director of the 2014 Life Itself) spoke as tribute to Ebert. Kartemquin was honored to receive one of 21 $1,000 grants awarded by the Ebert Foundation to organizations that are working to improve the lives of Chicagoans and advance the arts. Continued

#CIFF41 honors Steve James with Director's Spotlight Award

Acclaimed director and long-time Kartemquin associate Steve James will be honored by the Cleveland International Film Festival with the festival's Director's Spotlight Award. Previous award recipients include the likes of Kurt Kuenne, Jan Hřebejk, John Sayles, Rolf de Heer, Freida Lee Mock, Todd Solondz and Goran Markovic. CIFF41 runs March 29-April 9 in Cleveland, Ohio. In honor of James, the festival will screen Life Itself, Hoop Dreams, At the Death House Door and his newest release, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. Continued

In remembrance of Earl Smith

Kartemquin is sad to learn of the passing of Earl Smith, who was featured in our 1994 film Hoop Dreams. An insurance executive who on weekends acted as a volunteer basketball talent scout for local high schools, "Big Earl" was one of the first people followed by the filmmakers as they began the project, and is one of the first people you see on screen. He was responsible for spotting the young Arthur Agee on a west Chicago court, memorably stating, "I will bet you a steak dinner that in four years you will be hearing from him." Arthur became the focus of the film, and due to Earl guiding his family to send Arthur to St. Joseph's High School, he and the filmmakers also met William Gates. The result was a film that is now recognized as one of the greatest documentaries ever made. We are forever grateful to Earl Smith for being part of the Hoop Dreams legacy. Continued

DePaul University hosts two days of "Verité" events: Unbroken Glass panels; Master Classes with Leslie Simmer and Gordon Quinn

Documentary filmmakers will gather at the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University for “Verité,” two days of events that offer an in-depth look at the filmmaking process. The events will feature three filmmakers from Kartemquin: Dinesh Sabu, director of Unbroken Glass; Gordon Quinn, co-founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin and Emmy Award-winning editor Leslie Simmer. Events will be held Oct. 28-29 in DePaul’s Daley Building, 247 S. State St. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. EVENT SCHEDULE: Unbroken Glass Screening, Oct. 28 5PM: Continued

12 Kartemquin Associates make Newcity Film 50 List: Chicago's Screen Gems

Newcity Film has named twelve Kartemquin associates to its Film 50 2016 List: Chicago's Screen Gems. This year, NewCity has devoted its list to honoring artists rather than producers, programmers and all-round facilitators: "It's essential to highlight bold figures who make work year after year, work that surprises or sustains, as well as supernovas who startle suddenly with vision or verbosity or vivid visuals or vital activism, and of course, those fresh-faced but hardly callow, protean people who you can't not watch as they invest themselves in capturing their moment and our moments in this toddlin' town today." –Ray Pride, Newcity Honorees include: Steve James, Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematographer Continued

"The highest form of non-fiction filmmaking:" Kartemquin NYC Retrospective Begins Today

Starting tonight, the Museum of the Moving Image will host Kartemquin's first ever New York retrospective, featuring 16 films covering each decade of Kartemquin’s 50 years. Get tickets here. The series has already drawn significant praise from the New York media, with some highlights below: "These movies collectively represent the highest form of non-fiction filmmaking, illuminating with consummate skill a range of true-life stories that, when combined into an event like this, illustrate so much about humanity in all of its forms." - Robert Levin, AM New York. 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

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