WTTW shows The Last Pullman Car for Labor Day

The Last Pullman Car will air on WTTW11 Chicago PBS this Labor Day at 10pm. This is the first time the film has aired on television since its original release in 1984. In 1981, the United Steelworkers Local 1834 tried in vain to keep the Pullman-Standard Company from shutting down its operations in Pullman, Illinois, putting several hundred people out of work. The Last Pullman Car concentrates on the workers' plight as their elected officials, the company, and finally the national union seem deaf to their concerns. Continued

Gordon Quinn: A Man with a Movie Camera

In These Times profiles Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn in the final article of a 3-part series on Kartemquin's 45th anniversary in Gordon Quinn: A Man with a Movie Camera.   In the interview with David Moberg, Gordon reveals the story behind Kartemquin's very first camera, why Trick Bag is similar to The Interrupters, how the organization has evolved into stages over the decades (we're now in the "third stage" according to Gordon), and why he thinks this is "a great period for documentary."   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

Historic Pullman screening for Last Pullman Car

As part of the continuing celebration of the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, South Side Projections, the Pullman State Historic Site, and the Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society are proud to present a screening of the documentary The Last Pullman Car (1984, Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal, 16mm) at the historic Clock Tower Building, part of the original Pullman factory complex. Co-directors Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal, also co-founders of Kartemquin, will be present for discussion.   Continued

Kartemquin Films 10-Week Retrospective at Doc Films: come and enjoy our classics on the big screen!

The University of Chicago's Doc Films welcomes back Kartemquin Films with a 10-week retrospective featuring 19 of our most memorable documentaries! In celebration of our 45th anniversary, Doc Films is bringing the art of documentary storytelling back to the place where our history began, showing at 7pm every Sunday night Oct 2-Dec 4.   This retrospective is a crowning moment of the long-standing relationship between UChicago and Kartemquin, which was founded by 3 UChicago graduates, and is currently led by Justine Nagan (U Chicago MAPH 2004). The story of Kartemquin, while little known on campus, is possibly one of the biggest successes of UChicago's “Life of the Mind.”   Continued

Kenneth Appelhans, of The Last Pullman Car, dies

Kartemquin is sad to learn of the death of Kenneth Appelhans. Kenneth was the leader of the strike action to prevent the closure of Pullman Standard depicted in our 1983 film The Last Pullman Car. We salute Kenneth as a lifelong advocate for worker's rights and social justice, and offer our condolences to his family. We hope to be able to raise funds to release The Last Pullman Car on DVD in the next year. The film will also screen later this year in Chicago as part of our 45th anniversary retrospective. Continued

Great Sight & Sound review for Kartemquin Early Years DVD

The esteemed film magazine Sight & Sound gave our recently released DVDs The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years Volumes 1 & 2 a great review in its May 2011 issue. The review by critic Michael Atkinson isn't online, but the magazine is out now. However, we thought we'd share it with you here since it is such a nice vindication of our mission to release our entire back catalog on DVD so new audiences can see the continued relevance of our early films. Continued

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