#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

KTQ in the Early Years: Taking On Industrial Filmmaking

A closer look at Kartemquin’s early history reveals an often forgotten period of time when the original filmmaking cohort took on industrial for-hire gigs to help support their own social issue-based documentaries and the growth of a developing organization. Co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn joined University of Chicago Cinema and Media studies professor and long-time Kartemquin member, Judy Hoffman (What's Happening at Local 70,HSA Hospital Strike '75,Chicago Maternity Center Story, Golub) back in April to reminiscence and reflect on the days of making these industrial films for clients such as McDonald’s and Pontiac. 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

Meet Legendary Filmmakers and Critics at SCMS Chicago

From March 6-10, the world's largest gathering of cinema experts will be in Chicago. The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) 2013 Chicago Conference brings together global film academics and critics to discuss the past, present and future of cinematic arts. So, of course, Kartemquin is involved! The showpiece opening night event of the conference is also open to the public: Urban Documentaries and Social Change: Where Are We? Asking the question of "how do we socially understand urban media and how has the contemporary political landscape impacted documentary filmmaking?", the event, hosted by the MCA Chicago, features a very strong and rare meeting of acclaimed panelists. 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

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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