Virginia Film Festival announces Kartemquin retrospective

An eight-film retrospective spanning every decade of Kartemquin Films' 45 year history will be part of the 2011 Virginia Film Festival this November 3-9, 2001. The tribute will include the state premieres of our new releases The Interrupters and A Good Man, with appearances from Bill T. Jones and co-director Gordon Quinn, and The Interrupters, with director Steve James present. Both Steve James and Gordon Quinn were born in Virginia.   Continued

Kartemquin Films 10-Week Retrospective at Doc Films: come and enjoy our classics on the big screen!

The University of Chicago's Doc Films welcomes back Kartemquin Films with a 10-week retrospective featuring 19 of our most memorable documentaries! In celebration of our 45th anniversary, Doc Films is bringing the art of documentary storytelling back to the place where our history began, showing at 7pm every Sunday night Oct 2-Dec 4.   This retrospective is a crowning moment of the long-standing relationship between UChicago and Kartemquin, which was founded by 3 UChicago graduates, and is currently led by Justine Nagan (U Chicago MAPH 2004). The story of Kartemquin, while little known on campus, is possibly one of the biggest successes of UChicago's “Life of the Mind.”   Continued

"Clifton" Causing a Stir Again

Kartemquin fans in Chicago should tune in to WTTW 11 tomorrow night at 9.25pm (or again on Sunday May 15 at 1:25pm) to catch Now We Live On Clifton, our 1974 documentary about the gentrification of West Lincoln Park in Chicago as seen through the eyes of two working-class children. Ahead of the broadcast the Chicago Sun-Times interviewed Kartemquin Collective filmmakers Jerry Blumenthal and Peter Kuttner, along with Pam Taylor - seen as a 10 year old in the film. They shared their thoughts on how the film still works as a film "about kids for kids" and as a portrait of a now forever lost era in the neighborhood in the article "‘Clifton’ showed how the yuppies took over West Lincoln Park" 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

Kartemquin in the classroom

Kartemquin's Jim Morrissette and Julie Englander met with 7th and 8th grade video students at the Eli Whitney/LVCDC Community School in Little Village on Thursday, where they screened clips from Now We Live on Clifton, The New Americans, and a few of Jim's PSAs, and talked about working as documentary filmmakers. The Little Village community and LVCDC had been the subjects of some Kartemquin filming in the winter, and this class was a great opportunity to demonstrate a little bit more of what Kartemquin does, as well as introduce ourselves to a new generation of video fans! Continued

Historic Kartemquin film showing this Thursday, September 8th, 6:00pm at The Gene Siskel Film Center

From The Chicago Reader: Urban Rural Wild: Chicagoland Gridded/Revised In conjunction with an exhibit of the same title opening at I Space on September 9, filmmaker Thomas Comerford curated this program of six films and videos on Chicago geography. The first film, Kartemquin Films' Now We Live on Clifton (1974) follows three young boys in gentrifying Lincoln Park; their mundane outdoor horseplay gains an acidic edge when one kid tells how "regular" families like his can't afford the newly rehabbed homes. Conrad O. Nelson's beautifully Halsted Street (1934) finds contrasts between rich and poor in the street's geography, and Brandon Doherty's The Presence of Absence (2002) makes still photos of vacant lots and decrepit buildings more haunting by animating them at various speeds. 70 min. Continued

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