In the Family in Seattle and Canada

Kartemquin's 2008 documentary In the Family has some exciting new screenings coming up, most notably its Canadian television premiere and an appearance at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. In a very special screening, Joanna Rudnick will be attending the Seattle premiere of In the Family at 1pm on March 20th at the Jewish Film Festival, as will two-time breast cancer survivor Julie Hanke and her daughter Corrin, who both appear in the film. Joanne Silberner, an NPR health correspondent and journalism professor at the University of Washington, will moderate a discussion after the screening. Tickets went on sale today: get them here! Continued

WTTW to air 10 Kartemquin films for our 45th anniversary!

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning documentaries as part of our 45th anniversary celebration. The series will include the television premieres of three films: PRISONER OF HER PAST, about late-onset PTSD; THE iNTERRUPTERS, about former Chicago gang members who now stop violence; and the “American Masters” premiere of A GOOD MAN, a profile of the controversial Kennedy-award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones as he creates a new performance on Abraham Lincoln for the Ravinia Festival. Continued

In the Family to be focal point of 2011 Issues in Clinical Ethics Conference

Joanna Rudnick is the featured Keynote Speaker at the Issues in Clinical Ethics 2011 Conference, where she will present a screening of In The Family for discussion. The conference takes place on February 4th at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois. The conference title is "Genetics: Legal, Ethical and Social Issues" and it is presented by The Illinois Healthcare Ethics Committee Forum (IL HEC Forum) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, The Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and DePaul University College of Law Health Law Institute. Register and get more information. Continued

Great news in the Myriad genetic patenting case!

The United States Justice Department took a public stand on the issue of genetic patenting for the first time on October 29th, stating that human and other genes should not be eligible for patents because they are part of nature. The Department of Justice filed an Amicus Brief in the case against Myriad Genetics agreeing with the plaintiffs, in a move that will have major implications for the case and the issues which Kartemquin's 2008 film In the Family helped bring to worldwide attention. Here is a statement on the news from In the Family director Joanna Rudnick: Continued

Gordon Quinn's ethical wisdom

Kartemquin's co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn is quoted in a recent article about ethics in filmmaking on the IDA (International Documentary Assocation) website, documentary.org. In A Question of Ethics: The Relationship between Filmmaker and Subject, Gordon describes how "he makes a point of trying to give the viewer a sense of how the story is being told and what the filmmakers' relationship with the subject is like," using In the Family and Prisoner of Her Past as examples.  Continued

Kartemquin docs continue to impact communities

At Kartemquin, we pride ourselves on the impact our films can make on audiences. Long after a film has played at festivals or on television, we hope that its quality will stand the test of time and that it will continue to move people to discuss the issues involved, and inspire them to take action no matter where they are in the world. Here are some recent examples of our documentaries stirring debate and meeting a positive response for their informed and engrossing depiction of complex subject matter. Continued

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