Ashland Independent Film Festival to honor Kartemquin

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will honor Kartemquin Films’ 50 years of creating high-quality, social-issue documentaries during the 15th annual AIFF on April 7-11, 2016. The festival, which features more than 90 films and dozens of special events across the town of Ashland, Oregon, will welcome special guests Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn, Emmy-nominated director Joanna Rudnick and Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo. In celebration of Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary, the festival will screen a program of Kartemquin films directed by and about women, including the following films: Continued

WTTW celebrates 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin Films with monthly broadcasts through 2016

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning films in honor of our 50th anniversary. The monthly series will feature films from each decade of Kartemquin’s history, including the classic Hoop Dreams (1994), which will air in June 2016, to coincide with a Kartemquin “Milestones” gala celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center and Harris Theater on June 24, and an art exhibition running May-August at Expo 72. Continued

IDA Interview with Gordon Quinn about Career Achievement Award

On December 5th, 2015, the International Documentary Association (IDA) will be presenting Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin founder and artistic director, with the prestigious Career Achievement Award. In a recent interview with IDA’s Peter Kurie, Quinn reflected not only on the past five decades within Kartemquin, but also on the years preceding its founding and the experiences that ignited his passion for documentary, fair use and public media. Although narrative pieces initially drew him to film, Quinn was sold on documentary as a University of Chicago student after he watched Ricky Leacock and Joyce Chopra’s Happy Mother’s Day. Continued

Kartemquin and Fandor to Jointly Release Films

Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service for independent and international films, announced today that they will jointly release over thirty films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films, sixteen of which debut today. The move underscores Fandor and Kartemquin’s commitment to providing extraordinary cinema to an ever-growing audience of film enthusiasts. “I have greatly admired the remarkable work of Kartemquin Films for decades,” stated Jonathan Marlow, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Fandor. “We are absolutely delighted to add their phenomenal documentaries to the Fandor service.” 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

Kartemquin Films to Screen at Sundown in K-Town Festival

And This is Free and Chicago Maternity Center Story will screen at the Sundown in K-Town Festival in Chicago this July.  The festival, which is a collaboration between the Better Boys Foundation (BBF) and Facets Multi-Media, is comprised of a series of social documentaries that exemplify the role of independent filmmaking in reporting about and shaping Chicago. Kartemquin is donating the films to the festival as part of our commitment to Chicago's film and social change communities.   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

The Politics of Labor, Art and Healthcare

Chicago audiences can see three classic Kartemquin films this week, focusing on the politics of labor, art and healthcare.   This Saturday at 4pm, The Last Pullman Car (1983) will screen for FREE on the historic Pullman site in Chicago, with filmmakers Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn attending. The film's depiction of the 1981 fight of workers to keep their jobs working at Pullman has renewed relevance 30 years later, showing yet another story of American industry abandoning our workers and communities. The screening is part of the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, and is hosted by South Side Projections, the Pullman State Historic Site, and the Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society. Get more information. Continued

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