#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 Taylor Chain I and 2 for free all week

From today until next Friday, April 22nd, the free KTQ50 films are Taylor Chain I (1980) and Taylor Chain II (1983). "Blumenthal and Quinn preach nothing; they simply show us determined people fighting for better lives." — Chicago Tribune Taylor Chain I: A Story in a Union Local depicts the gritty realities of a seven-week workers' strike at a small Indiana chain manufacturing plant. Volatile union meetings and tension-filled interactions on the picket line provide an insider view of the stresses and conflicts inherent in a democratic union. Continued

International Documentary Association to honor Gordon Quinn with Career Achievement Award

The International Documentary Association (IDA) will present its prestigious 2015 Career Achievement Award to Gordon Quinn, Founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films. Gordon will receive the honor at the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards at Paramount Pictures' Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Previous winners of the illustrious award include Robert Redford, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Ricky Leacock, Albert Maysles, Frederick Wiseman, Henry Hampton, Robert Drew, Michael Moore, Marcel Ophuls, Jean Rouch, Walter Cronkite, and Bill Moyers. Continued

50% off everything in the Kartemquin store

We are giving thanks to you for all the amazing support we've received in 2011, and offering 50% off purchases in the Kartemquin store! Use the coupon code KTQHOLIDAY11 from now until December 19th and grab a perfect holiday gift for the documentary lover in your life!   New items in the store include the DVD of A Good Man, our PBS American Masters documentary on choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a work about Abraham Lincoln, plus everything else we have on DVD, from Hoop Dreams to Home for Life, and Taylor Chain to Typeface! Continued

The Chicago Maternity Center Story screens at Doc Films this Sunday

Doc Films' 10-week Kartemquin retrospective continues this Sunday, November 20 at 7pm with The Chicago Maternity Center Story & Women's Voices: The Gender Gap. In celebration of Kartemquin's 45th anniversary, The University of Chicago's Doc Films is bringing the art of documentary storytelling back to the place where our history all began… Attending this event and leading the discussion after the screening will be: Suzanne Davenport and Jerry Blumenthal, filmmakers;Kay Harvey, doula and ICTC member; Continued

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

Union protests bring Taylor Chain films back into focus

With the recent protests by union workers in Wisconsin and Indianapolis again stirring discussions of the relevance of unions and the value of collective bargaining, Kartemquin's 1980 and 1983 films Taylor Chain I & II have come back into focus. The Times of Northwest Indiana recently interviewed Kartemquin co-founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal about their memories of filming the Taylor Chain docs. Gary Hubbard, public affairs director of the United Steelworkers Union who was instrumental in securing union clearances for the film was also interviewed on the ongoing relevance of the films. Read the full article "Filmmakers: Recent protests akin to union's fight to save Hammond plant." Continued

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