Gordon Quinn to speak on documentary ethics in Yamagata and Chicago

Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will draw on his five decades of filmmaking experience to speak on documentary ethics and fair use at upcoming festivals in Yamagata and Chicago this October. The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival will host a discussion on Fair Use and ethics as part of its series titled "The Ethics Machine: Six Gazes of the Camera." Here is the description: "Documentary filmmakers strike out into the landscapes of humans and animals to make films about “the world,” not “a world.” This makes all the difference. It means that every camera angle, every light, every cut, every edit, every music hook—every choice—poses an ethical challenge. This turns the documentary camera into an ethics machine. Continued

Vote! SXSW panel on ethics in interactive documentary

"Is it true? Is it safe?: Ethics in Interactive Doc" is the title of a proposed SXSW film festival panel that features Kartemquin board member Patricia Aufderheide, and Tim Horsburgh, our director of communications and programs. The subject of ethics in documentary is one that matters greatly to us, and which various Kartemquin filmmakers have spoken about in a variety of forums over the years, so we would appreciate the opportunity to share what we have learned in our ventures in the new territory of interactive documentary through projects such as '63 Boycott and Interrupt Violence. Continued

3 Emmy Nominations for Kartemquin!

We are honored and delighted to have received three Emmy Awards nominations! The Interrupters was nominated twice, for "Outstanding Informational Programming—Long-Form" and "Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form." We also received a nomination in the "Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long-Form" category for As Goes Janesville. Hearty congratulations go out to the teams on both projects, along with our broadcast partners at PBS, ITVS, Independent Lens, and FRONTLINE. Continued

In Memoriam: Michael Sullivan

All of us at Kartemquin would like to note the sad passing of Michael Sullivan, longtime executive producer with FRONTLINE for PBS. In particular, he is fondly remembered by our team on The Interrupters, which aired on FRONTLINE in February 2012. The Interrupters director Steve James states: "All of us who worked with Mike on The Interrupters mourn his passing and remember him as a truly valued colleague and steady guide throughout the making of the film with FRONTLINE." Continued

The Interrupters wins Malott Prize for Recording Community Activism

We are proud to announce that The Langum Charitable Trust has awarded The Interrupters with Malott Prize for Recording Community Activism for 2011-2012. The bi-annual Malott Prize is awarded to the best book, article, or film that depicts an individual or small group of people striving to make a significant improvement or prevent a significant harm in their local community. The Langum Charitable Trust determined to award this year's prize to both The Interrupters and author Jay Erskine Leutze for his book Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail. Continued

#DocYourWorld unites Chicago documentary community

Over 60 documentary makers across the fields of journalism, film, radio, and the web will present at #DocYourWorld, a 3-day Chicago symposium on all things documentary. Kartemquin filmmaker and Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Dan Rybicky (Almost There) created the conference, which features many of our films and filmmakers, including an exclusive sneak preview of clips from The Trials of Muhammad Ali. #DocYourWorld runs from April 16-18 at Columbia College Chicago and is free and open to the public. Kartemquin-related highlights include: Continued

Film Streams in Omaha to present Steve James retrospective

Film Streams in Omaha, NE will welcome award winning documentary filmmaker Steve James as part of their Visiting Artist Series. Many of James’ exceptional films, dealing with a range of issues, will be screened from Saturday, May 4 – Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Ruth Sokolof Theatre at 1340 Mike Fahey St. in Omaha, NE. The series kicks off with Steve James’ and Kartemquin Films’ award winning documentary Hoop Dreams, noted by Roger Ebert as "one of the great moviegoing experiences of my lifetime." Also included in the series are: Stevie Reel Paradise Continued

Tribune Trumpets Good Pitch Chicago

Kartemquin's Executive Director Justine Nagan was featured on the print front page of the business section of today's Chicago Tribune due to her key role in bringing Good Pitch to Chicago later this year. The documentary pitching event, which brings in-progress projects in front of potential funders and outreach partners, will take place at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy on October 22nd, 2013. Read more about the event in Melissa Harris' article: "Good Pitch Chicago forum will connect documentary filmmakers with supporters." She notes that "pulling more funders and partners into the documentary industry is perhaps the last piece of a growing renaissance." Continued

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