Month of December: 50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin Store; KTQ: The Early Years Vol. 1-4 and #KTQ50 Book for just $50!

USE COUPON CODE: KTQ50 during the month of December and receive 50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin Store, including the newly released Saving Mes Aynak on DVD, the Almost There Special Edition DVD, which includes an Almost There Update and deleted scenes. All merchandise is 50% off as well! Additionally, we'll be offering all four volumes of The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years as well as a copy of the limited edition 50th Anniversary Book for just $50.00 (an $80.00 value!) Continued

#KTQ50: Now We Live on Clifton for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, March 11th, the free KTQ50 film is Now We Live on Clifton (1974). Now We Live on Clifton follows 10 year old Pam Taylor and her 12 year old brother Scott around their multiracial West Lincoln Park neighborhood. The kids worry that they'll be forced out of the neighborhood they grew up in by the gentrification following the expansion of DePaul University. Continued

Revisit Kartemquin's "Collective Years" on screen and on DVD

Three classic Kartemquin documentaries from 1974 probing issues of gentrification, race, youth, and poverty in the Chicago neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Pilsen, and Gage Park, will be showcased at 2pm on Saturday, March 12th at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater. The free film screening and discussion, hosted by WTTW and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is part of a year-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin Films and the upcoming DVD release of The Kartemquin Collection Volume 4: The Collective Years. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Viva La Causa for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, February 26th, the free KTQ50 film is Viva La Causa (1974). In the summer of 1967, youth and arts organizations in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago began working together with artists Ray Patlan and Mario Castillo to express the history, culture, and struggles of the people in their community. The murals featured in Viva La Causa were the first two Mexican-American murals in Chicago and part of the new public art movement in the late 1960s. Continued

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

"Lost" film found in the Kartemquin Archives

A potentially new "lost" documentary - in pristine condition - has been found in the Kartemquin Archives: Public Art in Chicago, directed by Kartemquin Collective member Teena Webb circa 1973-74.   The film shares similar footage to Kartemquin's 1974 documentary Viva La Causa, about muralists in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, and was initially assumed to be a new print of that film. But in a new post on the KTQ Archives blog, archivist Lyra Hill describes how closer examination revealed the print to be of a "completely different film that nobody remembered."   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