See The Homestretch during National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

The Homestretch is screening in theaters and community venues across the country this November, as our audience engagement efforts dedicated to raising awareness and opportunities for the more than 1.6 million homeless young people in the U.S ramp up for National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Theatrical dates include bookings at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center, New York's Maysles Cinema, and Los Angeles' Downtown Independent. Many more screening dates are packed through November and December. Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly's documentary about three homeless Chicago teenagers will also be released on iTunes, Amazon and other digital platforms on Tuesday, November 25th. Continued

The Homestretch picked for SXSWedu; gets outreach grant

The Homestretch will screen for over 8,000 educators at the 2015 SXSWedu conference, held in Austin, Texas March 9-12, 2015. The film was one of just three titles announced this week for the conference. There was more great news for Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly this week as they received a $10,000 outreach grant from the National Institute for Healthcare Management's journalism fund. The NIHCM praised the film for exploring "broad social issues, including mental health, through the stories of three homeless teens." Continued

Kartemquin at the Chicago International Film Festival

There are many opportunities to see Kartemquin films here in our beloved Chicago this October. These include the world premieres of On Beauty and The School Project, and a special Chicago International Film Festival screening of Life Itself. The late addition of Life Itself to the 50th Chicago Film Festival, which begins today, was just announced this week along with a new award that will be named after Roger Ebert. Life Itself director Steve James and star Chaz Ebert will both attending the screening on October 22nd. Read more about it here, and get tickets here. Continued

Hot Springs to honor Gordon Quinn, showing multiple Kartemquin films

The 2014 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will honor Kartemquin Co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn with a career achievement award. Gordon will also present a masterclass on documentary filmmaking ethics at the Arkansas-based festival, which runs October 10-19 and is the oldest all-documentary film festival in North America. Multiple Kartemquin films will also screen at the festival. Continued

Multiple distribution partners join The Homestretch

Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions are proud to announce multiple rights deals for The Homestretch, our new documentary about homeless youth in Chicago produced and directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The film, which premiered at Hot Docs 2014, will be released on digital platforms in North America by The Orchard on November 21st. Kartemquin are expanding their role and handling theatrical distribution in partnership with social impact strategists Picture Motion, and theatrical-on-demand web platform Tugg. An opening week premiere theatrical run, just ended yesterday at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center, sold out 9 of 13 screenings, grossing over $17,000. The film will open in New York on November 21st. Continued

The Homestretch Opens Strong in Chicago

We're thrilled to kick-off the theatrical distribution of The Homestretch with a week-long run at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center today. Ahead of the screenings - many of which are already sold out - reviews and interviews with the filmmakers have been flowing in. Here are some of the best: "Its intimacy is a reflection of its compassion... The Homestretch invites you to empathize with its subjects, to worry with them, to laugh with them, to worry about them. It’s engaging and compelling viewing." - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com. Continued

Chicago and Kartemquin, Kartemquin and Chicago

We love our fair city by the lake, and this September are feeling the love back in return as we host a number of special events and screenings in our home town. Often doubling up on the same night! First up is the spectacular KTQ Gala tomorrow evening, when 300 of the windy city's smartest and most stylish documentary fans will gather to celebrate our record year of premiering 6 films, and having 15 currently in production,* all of which will be showing exclusive sneak preview clips at the event. We will see you there! The Gala coincides with the start of a second Chicago run for Life Itself, which will play from September 5th-11th at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Get tickets! Director Steve James will attend the film's 8pm screening on Monday, September 8th. Continued

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