Hoop Dreams' 20th anniversary in sweet home Chicago

Chicago audiences will see a new digital restoration of Hoop Dreams this weekend at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Saturday December 13th at 7pm and Tuesday December 16th at 6:30pm. Get tickets here: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/hoopdreams The 1994 documentary, made over seven years by filmmakers Steve James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx, chronicles the lives of two inner-city teenagers who hope of one day playing in the NBA. Star Arthur Agee, now in his early 40s, will attend both screenings with James, Gilbert and Kartemquin's artistic director Gordon Quinn. Continued

See Gordon Quinn & Al Maysles discuss Hoop Dreams and 50 years of documentary history

Kartemquin artistic director and founder Gordon Quinn will be in conversation with Maysles Documentary Center founder Albert Maysles at a special 20th anniversary screening of the newly restored Hoop Dreams at Maysles Cinema in Harlem, New York on Monday, November 17th at 6:30pm. Almost 50 years ago, Gordon Quinn bought the lens for Kartemquin's very first camera from another young filmmaker, Al Maysles. Their friendship and respective careers span from the dawn of cinéma vérité to today, when both can look back upon credits on hundreds of films, and legacies of inspiring and assisting thousands of documentary makers and viewers. Get tickets now for this special event. Continued

Hoop Dreams 1994 vs Hoop Dreams 2014

This week we released a video to illustrate the dramatic difference in picture quality between the original Hoop Dreams released in 1994 and the newly restored HD version. Though the film is widely beloved and has been seen by millions over the past twenty years, it has never ever looked as good as this! The Hoop Dreams digital restoration was a collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films. Continued

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

Hot Springs to honor Gordon Quinn, showing multiple Kartemquin films

The 2014 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will honor Kartemquin Co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn with a career achievement award. Gordon will also present a masterclass on documentary filmmaking ethics at the Arkansas-based festival, which runs October 10-19 and is the oldest all-documentary film festival in North America. Multiple Kartemquin films will also screen at the festival. 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

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