Almost There heads to England

Directors Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky will accompany Almost There on its first European foray this week, attending the International premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest on Sunday June 7 at 8pm. On Monday June 8 at 4pm, Influence Film Club at the Crucible will host an additional q&a, with Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden showing clips from the film. Check out Influence Film Club's excellent Almost There Discussion Guide. The directors will then head south for a special London screening at the new Bertha DocHouse on Wednesday June 10 at 8:30pm. Continued

Steve James to share documentary tips in Vancouver & Portland

Documentary filmmakers in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia can glean some tips of the trade from Steve James, as he offers upcoming masterclass sessions. On March 14, DOC BC, in collaboration with Creative BC and DOXA Documentary Film Festival, offers "A Day with Steve James" in Vancouver. Steve will host one-on-one feedback sessions with filmmakers with works-in-progress, teach a Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass, and then present a special screening Life Itself. Get more details and tickets. Continued

Illinois Governor cuts funding to Ceasefire, featured in The Interrupters

CeaseFire Illinois, the Chicago-based violence prevention organization featured in our 2011 film The Interrupters, will immediately stop "all program activities" due to losing almost 60 percent of its funding from the state of Illinois in the proposed 2016 budget from Governor Bruce Rauner. The Interrupters focused on three CeaseFire Illinois "violence interrupters" named Ameena Matthews, Eddie Bocanegra, and Cobe Williams, as they worked to intercept the spread of conflicts in their communities as part of the CeaseFire program founded by Dr. Gary Slutkin. Continued

Kartemquin celebrated by POV and Meridian Hill

We've been honored to receive some remarkable tributes recently. On the blog of PBS' independent documentary series P.O.V., Heather McIntosh sung our praises as she announced she is a on a year-long mission to watch and write about every Kartemquin film. We've now made over 50, so she will need to watch over one a week to be done in time for our 50th anniversary in 2016! McIntosh writes: "whether the film subjects center on Chicago or not, Kartemquin Films focus on social justice and democracy. These are not buzzwords. They permeate not only the films, but also the fair use, filmmaker training and mentoring, and other advocacy activities." Continued

Support Ameena Matthews, star of The Interrupters, in her fight with multiple myeloma

Ameena Matthews, subject of our 2011 film The Interrupters, has revealed she has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and we're appealing for financial support to cover her medical costs. You can support Ameena directly with a donation at: http://www.gofundme.com/protector. The fundraising page explains that Ameena has been deemed ineligible for health coverage, and that she is no longer an employee of Ceasefire, the violence prevention organized featured in The Interrupters. Continued

Pierogifest preview for Almost There Kickstarter Backers

Our new documentary, Almost There, will host a special sneak preview screening in Whiting, Indiana on July 26 as part of a recently launched Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Directed and Produced by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, the feature documentary is a ' coming-of-(old)age story' about Peter Anton, an 82-year-old “outsider” artist living in at-risk conditions who befriends two filmmakers and causes controversy when an incident from his past is revealed on the eve of his first major public exhibition. Continued

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