Month of December: 50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin Store; KTQ: The Early Years Vol. 1-4 and #KTQ50 Book for just $50!

USE COUPON CODE: KTQ50 during the month of December and receive 50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin Store, including the newly released Saving Mes Aynak on DVD, the Almost There Special Edition DVD, which includes an Almost There Update and deleted scenes. All merchandise is 50% off as well! Additionally, we'll be offering all four volumes of The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years as well as a copy of the limited edition 50th Anniversary Book for just $50.00 (an $80.00 value!) 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

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

#KTQ50: Watch Parents and Thumbs Down for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, January 22, the free KTQ50 films are a double bill of Parents and Thumbs Down. Both released in 1968 as part of a series of films the nascent KTQ made for a Catholic Education Group, these two films were originally released on DVD in 2009 as the The Kartemquin Collection: Early Years, Vol 1. In Parents, a Chicago parish youth group discusses issues of parental authority, growing up, and the struggle to communicate with their parents. Continued

Kartemquin and Fandor to Jointly Release Films

Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service for independent and international films, announced today that they will jointly release over thirty films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films, sixteen of which debut today. The move underscores Fandor and Kartemquin’s commitment to providing extraordinary cinema to an ever-growing audience of film enthusiasts. “I have greatly admired the remarkable work of Kartemquin Films for decades,” stated Jonathan Marlow, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Fandor. “We are absolutely delighted to add their phenomenal documentaries to the Fandor service.” Continued

CriterionCast is Crazy for our Early Years

"A truly fantastic look at one of the most influential names within the world of non-fiction filmmaking." At CriterionCast.com, film critic Joshua Brunsting has posted a series of reviews of our DVD-set of 1960s-made classics, The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years Volumes 1, 2 & 3. The reviews are so effusive in their praise for the individual films and Kartemquin as a whole that we just had to share some of our favorite quotes. Continued

Sunday service: Thumbs Down at Doc Films

Thumbs Down screens at 10pm on Sunday as part of their ongoing University of Chicago Doc Films retrospective of Kartemquin at 45. The 1968 cinema-verite documentary shows a teenage youth group called Thumbs Down who aim "to bring Christ to their neighborhood" by holding an anti-war Mass at their conservative Chicago parish. Neither militants nor hippies, they simply believe that Christianity means social action and concern with issues. They present this belief to the community and the confrontation reveals the deepening crisis of communication between the young Christians and their parents, priest, and neighbors. The film was co-durected by Kartemquin founders Jerry Temaner and Gordon Quinn, and screened at the 1968 Chicago International Film Festival and the Festival Dei Popoli, Florence, Italy. 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

Great Sight & Sound review for Kartemquin Early Years DVD

The esteemed film magazine Sight & Sound gave our recently released DVDs The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years Volumes 1 & 2 a great review in its May 2011 issue. The review by critic Michael Atkinson isn't online, but the magazine is out now. However, we thought we'd share it with you here since it is such a nice vindication of our mission to release our entire back catalog on DVD so new audiences can see the continued relevance of our early films. Continued

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