"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

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

"Riveting" Raising Bertie heads to AFI DOCS Impact Lab

Ahead of its Washington, D.C., premiere at AFI DOCS this weekend, Raising Bertie has been selected to participate in the 2nd annual AFI DOCS Impact Lab, "a two-day intensive designed for filmmakers with issue-driven films who aim to create broader social and political change through the power of story and film." Raising Bertie is a tender portrait of three African American boys coming of age in the rural community of Bertie County, North Carolina. Filmed over the course of six years, Margaret Byrne’s documentary was praised this week as "the Boyhood of this year's AFI DOCS, but with more of an urgent social subtext" by Dean Essner of Washington City Paper. Continued

Watch an exclusive clip from Raising Bertie ahead of the world premiere

Ahead of tomorrow's sold out World Premiere of Raising Bertie at Full Frame, we gave Indiewire an exclusive clip from the film. Visit their link: Watch: This Exclusive 'Raising Bertie' Clip Will Make You Cry to see the clip, which they call "astounding and powerful." Raising Bertie was also featured as a lead film in The Durham Herald-Sun's coverage of Full Frame, appearing on the front page of the paper. Click to read the full article. Continued

Raising Bertie world premiere tickets sell out within 30 minutes

Raising Bertie, a new film from debut director Margaret Byrne and Kartemquin Films, will world premiere at Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, North Carolina at 4:30pm on Saturday, April 9, 2016. General admission tickets for this Center Frame screening in the Carolina Theater's 1,014-seat Fletcher Hall sold out within thirty minutes of going on sale on Friday April 1. Set in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina, the film takes the viewer deep into the emotional lives of three young boys - Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell - as they face a number of challenges over six years as they grow into adults. All three will attend the world premiere along with the filmmakers. Continued

Raising Bertie and On Beauty to screen at Sarasota

Last week, we announced Raising Bertie's world premiere at Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, North Carolina. The festival today confirmed the screening will take place at 4:30PM on Saturday, April 9th at the Carolina Theater's Fletcher Hall. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2016. For info, please visit the Full Frame website: http://www.fullframefest.org/passestickets/passes/. The subjects of the the film will all attend this "Center Frame" screening along with Director Margaret Byrne, producer Ian Kibbe, cinematographer Jon Stuyvesant, editor Leslie Simmer, Kartemquin's Tim Horsburgh and Ryan Gleeson. Continued

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