Watch "The Hall" - a new video about our Archive Project

Formed in 1966, Kartemquin has been producing social issue documentaries for almost 5 decades. In the process, we've amassed a huge archive of production elements, somewhere in the region of 18,000 reels, tapes, discs, cards, and hard drives. Find out more here. We think the Kartemquin Archives will be of great use to film scholars, filmmakers and historians for years to come, both as record of our work, of Chicago history, and of documentary media making in the midwest. If you would like to donate to support this effort to preserve it, please visit http://www.kartemquin.com/donate. Directed, produced and edited by Aniluz Mercedes (Kartemquin Intern - Fall 2012). Continued

Meet Legendary Filmmakers and Critics at SCMS Chicago

From March 6-10, the world's largest gathering of cinema experts will be in Chicago. The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) 2013 Chicago Conference brings together global film academics and critics to discuss the past, present and future of cinematic arts. So, of course, Kartemquin is involved! The showpiece opening night event of the conference is also open to the public: Urban Documentaries and Social Change: Where Are We? Asking the question of "how do we socially understand urban media and how has the contemporary political landscape impacted documentary filmmaking?", the event, hosted by the MCA Chicago, features a very strong and rare meeting of acclaimed panelists. 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

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

Virginia Film Festival announces Kartemquin retrospective

An eight-film retrospective spanning every decade of Kartemquin Films' 45 year history will be part of the 2011 Virginia Film Festival this November 3-9, 2001. The tribute will include the state premieres of our new releases The Interrupters and A Good Man, with appearances from Bill T. Jones and co-director Gordon Quinn, and The Interrupters, with director Steve James present. Both Steve James and Gordon Quinn were born in Virginia.   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

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