NFPF awards Kartemquin grant to preserve classic films

The National Film Preservation Foundation has awarded Kartemquin funding for the preservation of Viva La Causa and Winnie Wright, Age 11. The two short documentaries, both released in 1974, are key works of Kartemquin's "Collective era" (1970-78). The preservation of the original 16mm film masters comes ahead of the films' forthcoming release on DVD as Volume 4 of the Kartemquin Collection. Last year, the NFPF awarded a grant for preservation of the two other films which will be on that DVD, Now We Live on Clifton (1974) and Trick Bag (1974). We hope to release this DVD in early 2013. 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

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

Kartemquin and The Chicago Reporter

Kartemquin's 1975 documentary, Trick Bag, will be screened on October 19th as a part of The Chicago Reporter's John A. McDermott Short Film Festival program. The festival is in honor of the Reporter's 35th anniversary and will include, in addition to Trick Bag, excerpts from 3 films with connections to Kartemquin associates: David E. Simpson (Halsted St. USA), Judy Hoffman (Voices from Cabrini) and long-time Kartemquin friend Mike Gray (American Revolution 2). The festival will also screen the winner of the McDermott short film competition (Kartemquin's Justine Nagan served on the jury) and a presentation on independent media and social change by the Reporter's Publisher. Join us for this incredible event: October 19th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm Chicago Cultural Center Continued

First Kartemquin Retrospective event Thursday October 27th

The kick-off event of the Kartemquin Retrospective at the University of Chicago is Thursday, October 27th at 7pm at the Film Studies Center at 5811 S. Ellis. The evening entitled "Violence & Power" will include screenings of Thumbs Down, Hum 255, Trick Bag and The New Americans as well as a discussion with the filmmakers following the film excerpts. Other events for the Retrospective will take place throughout November. For more information visit here. Continued

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