Watch video of Kartemquin winning Freedom of Speech Award

On July 31st 2010 Kartemquin received the John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award from the Newberry Library. Gordon Quinn and Justine Nagan accepted the award on behalf of Kartemquin as part of the Newberry's annual Bughouse Square Debates. The Newberry stated that "Through documentary filmmaking, Kartemquin Films unflinchingly has held a mirror up to American society and disseminated reports of difficult, ignored, and unpopular sports. Their 2010 film No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, about how racial prejudice divided a town, exemplifies Kartemquin's critical voice." It was the first time the Newberry Library had ever given the award to a documentary film production company. Continued

Variety gives No Crossover a glowing review!

The presitigious film magazine Variety has released the latest in a long list of positive reviews for Steve James' widely acclaimed documentary No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. Describing the film as a "a meticulously balanced, "Rashomon"-type account" of the 1993 incident and subsequent trail, Variety praises the "riveting doc" as "another win for vet filmmaker Steve James" and predicts that the film will have a longlife on home video. Read the full review here. Continued

No Crossover is a slam dunk on ESPN and Twitter

The world television broadcast of Kartemquin's new film No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson on ESPN last night generated an amazing response on Twitter, delivering on director Steve James' desire that the film be a starting point for discussions about race, justice and equality. According to the social media platform, the phrase "Allen Iverson" was at times the #6 'trending topic' (i.e. most stated phrase) in the entire world (and even reached number #1 at the culmination of the broadcast according to the Brizzly platform, which combines Facebook and Twitter feeds). Continued

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