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

Moving The Ball: Where We're At On Fair Use

Censorship vs. free expression is an ages-old story, one that still plays on a daily basis the world over. We as Americans do not need to look as far as countries like Turkey (who recently banned Twitter and YouTube) to see that private interests consistently test the freedom and resolve of the people. Today, with the incredible amount of content that is available and shareable, and private interests that are committed to restricting that flow of information, a new ethical framework had to be built: a framework that pinned down what constitutes fairly utilized content. Kartemquin’s own Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Gordon Quinn, is at the vanguard of the recent revolution in fair use thinking and is a constant, outspoken sage of that revolution’s ideals and practices. Continued

A Good Man launches Oak Park "Films for $5ive" series

Several Kartemquin documentaries will be part of a new "Films for $5ive" documentary screening series at the Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park, Illinois, starting next Friday, January 13th at 7pm with A Good Man. The film's Associate Producer Rachel Pikelny will attend the screening.   The nine-week “Films for $5ive” series will feature 4 screenings each weekend:  Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2pm.  Each weekend will feature 2 films, each of which will screen twice, with each weekend’s films focusing loosely on a global theme and offering different perspectives.  As often as schedules will allow, the directors, producers and others involved in the making of the films will be present to discuss their work following each event. Continued

Refrigerator Mothers to air on WTTW!

As part of their ongoing tribute to our 45th anniversary, WTTW11 Chicago PBS will air Refrigerator Mothers tomorrow at 10pm (with a repeat broadcast at 4pm on Thursday).   The award-winning 2003 film charts the history of autism misdiagnosis in the 1950's and 1960's, when allegedly 'cold' mothers were incorrectly blamed by the medical community (led by Bruno Bettelheim) for their children's conditions. Through the poignant stories of mothers from the era, Refrigerator Mothers puts a human face on what can happen when authority goes unquestioned and humanity is removed from the search for scientific answers. Learn more and watch the trailer.   Continued

Watch Refrigerator Mothers for Autism Awareness Month

Today marks the first day of Autism Awareness Month. You can help commemorate how far we've come in understanding autism by watching Kartemquin's landmark film Refrigerator Mothers. The film portrays the America of the 1950s and 1960s, a time when autism was severely misunderstood, and paints an intimate portrait of an entire generation of mothers, already laden with the challenge of raising profoundly disordered children, who lived for years under the dehumanizing shadow of professionally promoted "mother blame." Upon release in 2003, Refrigerator Mothers won numerous awards and plaudits, with the Autism Society of America review stating that "anyone involved with autism spectrum disorder must see this video... remarkable!" Continued

Kartemquin docs continue to impact communities

At Kartemquin, we pride ourselves on the impact our films can make on audiences. Long after a film has played at festivals or on television, we hope that its quality will stand the test of time and that it will continue to move people to discuss the issues involved, and inspire them to take action no matter where they are in the world. Here are some recent examples of our documentaries stirring debate and meeting a positive response for their informed and engrossing depiction of complex subject matter. Continued

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