The most-watched Kartemquin films of 2016

In honor of our 50th Anniversary Year, we streamed every Kartemquin Film for free, week by week, all year. Our films were watched by viewers in 49 countries around the world. Here are the top eight films that viewers watched most: 8. Trick Bag (1974) A classic from Kartemquin's early years, Trick Bag features gang members, Vietnam vets and young factory workers from Chicago's neighborhoods sharing their personal experiences with racism: who gets hurt and who profits. The project grew out of Peter Kuttner's association with Rising Up Angry, a radical working-class organization, many of whose members are featured in the film. Continued

#KTQ50 Los Angeles retrospective begins this Friday with Raising Bertie LA premiere

Beginning this Friday September 16th and continuing through September 26th, the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the International Documentary Association (IDA) will host a 15-film KTQ retrospective at the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles. Kartemquin Artistic Director and Founder Gordon Quinn sat down with UCLA for an interview during which Quinn discussed the mission, values, past and future of Kartemquin. Find an excerpt below: 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

KTQ50 to Take Over NYC

Hello NYC! Kartemquin's first New York retrospective will feature 16 films covering each decade of Kartemquin’s semicentennial across two weekends, August 19-28 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. Programmed by Eric Hynes, the Museum of the Moving Image’s Associate Curator of Film, the retrospective kicks-off on August 19 with an exclusive screening of the 162 minute Sundance Film Festival cut of The Interrupters (2011). The acclaimed original cut from director Steve James has not been publicly screened in five years since its January 2011 world premiere. James will attend the opening weekend screenings of his films, which includes his classics Hoop Dreams (1994) and Stevie (2002). Continued

Are you happy? Kartemquin night at Millennium Park will make you happy!

“Are You Happy?,” is the question asked by two young nuns roving the streets of Chicago in 1968, followed by a camera, in our classic cinema verite documentary Inquiring Nuns. Inquiring Nuns screens for free at the Millennium Park Summer Film Series on July 26, 6:30pm, as the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Millennium Park Foundation celebrate 50 years of Kartemquin Films with Kartemquin Night at Millennium Park. Continued

Kartemquin Films marks 50th Anniversary by announcing Fall Festival, New Fund for Filmmaker Support at #KTQ50 Birthday Party Event in Chicago

Retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles to Highlight Five Decades of Documentaries Nearly 1,000 Party Attendees Include CEO of PBS, Stars of Films and Directors from the Past 50 Years of Kartemquin, Elected Officials Not-for-profit documentary production collective Kartemquin Films, the Chicago-based producers of The Interrupters, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, marks the occasion of its 50th Birthday Party tonight to announce major retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles this summer, a new fund to support filmmakers, and a showcase for emerging midwest independent documentary makers this fall. Continued

Kartemquin opens up archives for historic exhibition

Ahead of our 50th anniversary celebration on June 24th at the Harris Theater Rooftop, we open our archives to the Chicago public with the exhibition “Kartemquin Films 1966-2016: Democracy through Documentary” opening on May 21st and running through August 20th at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60601). RSVP here to join us for the opening night reception and preview from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m on Friday, May 20. Continued

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