#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

"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

WTTW Celebrates Kartemquin's 50th Birthday with broadcast of Hoop Dreams

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast Hoop Dreams at 8pm on Thursday, June 23rd as part of a year-long series honoring our 50th anniversary. This special broadcast of our most celebrated film - the first time it has aired on WTTW since its original 1995 PBS national broadcast - precedes our #KTQ50 Birthday Party at the Harris Theater on Friday, June 24, at which the film's stars William Gates, Arthur Agee and Sheila Agee will be among the special guests, along with Hoop Dreams director Steve James and several hundred more Kartemquin filmmakers, subjects, alumni, and fans. Continued

Gordon Quinn to give University of Chicago's 2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture

Gordon Quinn, founder and artistic director of Kartemquin Films, will return to his Alma Mater, the University of Chicago, to give the 2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture on June 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM, during the 2016 UChicago Alumni Weekend. Quinn will be interviewed on stage by Jacqueline Stewart, Professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the interim director (2015-16) of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. They will be discussing how preserving images of the past is critical to contemporary social justice movements, with reference to our upcoming film '63 Boycott, and other works in the Kartemquin filmography. 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 The Chicago Maternity Center Story for free all week

From today until next Friday, April 15th, the free KTQ50 film is The Chicago Maternity Center (1976). The Chicago Maternity Center is one of Kartemquin's most distinctive and celebrated films of the 1970s, receiving much acclaim from some of film's top critics: "Powerful and persuasive!" — Roger Ebert "A time capsule of wo­men’s health activism... the film rips the medical industry as sexist and capitalist." — Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times 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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