Steve James Talks Crowdfunding on Indiewire

Generation Food director Steve James discussed the crowdfunding progress for his upcoming film on Indiewire this week. In the article, Steve weighs the benefits of involving an audience early on with the risks of over-exposing a doc in progress. Making comparisons to his earlier films with Kartemquin, Steve notes the intensive labor involved in crowdfunding but posits that it's the way of the future for marketing for independent documentary.   Continued

Hoop Dreams screening in Chicago for Patio Theater

Kartemquin will donate a special screening of Hoop Dreams to Chicago's historic Patio Theater as a fundraiser for its (already successful!) Kickstarter campaign to purchase a digital projection system and ensure the popular local cinema remains open.  Zak Piper, Kartemquin's director of production, will attend. The Patio is is his local theater and he organized the event with owner Demetri Kouvalis.   The screening takes place at 3:30pm tomorrow, July 14. Tickets are $5 and all funds go to Patio Theater. Get tickets and details for the screening. Continued

Hoop Dreams Reunion in New York

As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center screened Hoop Dreams this week, leading to a memorable reunion for the filmmakers and subject Arthur Agee. Pictured here outside the Lincoln Center are (l-r) Fred Marx, Peter Gilbert, Ira Deutchman, Arthur Agee, and Steve James (sadly Will Gates couldn't make it). In 1994, they were present for the film's NYFF premiere, the first time a documentary had ever closed the renowned festival (which it did to great acclaim amid a stunning line-up of films). Continued

Independent Spirit Award Nomination for The Interrupters

The Interrupters has been recognized with a nomination for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards. The honor will be Director Steve James' third nomination from Film Independent's Spirit Awards, with nods for Stevie in 2003 and a win for Hoop Dreams in 1994. The awards take place on February 25th in Santa Monica and will be broadcast by IFC. Get more information.'s Documentaries Guide has put up a poll for the public to vote on who should win the documentary category.   Continued

Gordon Quinn: A Man with a Movie Camera

In These Times profiles Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn in the final article of a 3-part series on Kartemquin's 45th anniversary in Gordon Quinn: A Man with a Movie Camera.   In the interview with David Moberg, Gordon reveals the story behind Kartemquin's very first camera, why Trick Bag is similar to The Interrupters, how the organization has evolved into stages over the decades (we're now in the "third stage" according to Gordon), and why he thinks this is "a great period for documentary."   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