Kartemquin Films at 50


For the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series events to celebrate the legacy Kartemquin’s work, and the power of documentary to inspire action. Visit www.ktq50.org.

A complete listing of the year’s events will be regularly updated at www.ktq50.org/calendar. Join the conversation on Twitter by using #KTQ50.

Highlights include:

  • Our #KTQ50 Birthday Party on June 24, 2016 at the Harris Theater Rooftop, preceded by a 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner at an exquisite private home overlooking Lake Michigan.
  • Kartemquin at 50: Democracy through Documentary, an artifacts & ephemera exhibition at EXPO 72, Chicago, IL, featuring a curated selection of KTQ’s historical photographs, artwork, and video and film mechanics. The exhibit will open May 20, 2016 and run through August 20th.
  • Free online streaming of every Kartemquin film in chronological order week by week at http://watch.kartemquin.com, starting with the very first film, Home for Life (1966), on January 1, 2016.
  • Throughout 2016, monthly WTTW PBS broadcasts of our films.
  • Multiple retrospectives and new screenings in Chicago and across the nation, including at the UCLA Film & Television Archive in Los Angeles and the Museum of Moving Image in New York Contact Tim@kartemquin.com to arrange a screening.
  • Various workshops, panels, and master classes throughout the year hosted by Kartemquin filmmakers and associates.

Upcoming #KTQ50 Events, Broadcasts and Screenings
Email info@kartemquin.com to suggest an event or get involved. All times CST unless stated.

  • January 21, 10pm: WTTW #KTQ50 broadcast of The Homestretch.
  • January 23, 8pm: The Early Films of Kartemquin (What the Fuck Are These Red Squares?, Hum 255, and Parents) screening @ Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL. Beckie Stocchetti attending.
  • January 28, 7pm: Thumbs Down screening @ Block Cinema, Evanston, IL. Director Gordon Quinn attending.
  • January 29, 7pm: Stevie screening @ Block Cinema, Evanston, IL. Director Steve James attending.
  • February 25, 10pm: WTTW #KTQ50 broadcast of The Trials of Muhammad Ali.
  • March 4, 7pm: Almost There screening @ Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Director Dan Rybicky attending.
  • March 4, 7:45pm: Tribute to 50 years of Kartemquin and screening of What the Fuck Are These Red Squares? @ The Peace on Earth Film Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. Gordon Quinn attending.
  • March 12, 2pm: Screening of Films from Kartemquin's Collective Era (Winnie Wright, Age 11, Now We Live on Clifton, Viva La Causa) @ Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago, IL. KTQ collective members attending.
  • March 24, 9pm: WTTW #KTQ50 broadcast of Now We Live on Clifton and Winnie Wright, Age 11.
  • April 1, 7pm: Golub: Late Works Are The Catastrophes screening @ Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Director Gordon Quinn and Producer Judy Hoffman attending.
  • April 7-11: Ashland Independent Film Festival to honor Kartemquin's 50th Anniversary with a series of films directed by and about women. Ashland, OR.
  • April 13-17: CIMMFest honors Gordon Quinn with 2016 BAADASSSSS Award, Chicago, IL.
  • April 19, 6pm: Chicago Latino Film Festival Salute to the 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin Films & screening of In The Game @ AMC River East, Chicago, IL.
  • April 21, 10pm: WTTW #KTQ50 broadcast of Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes.
  • April 28-May 8: Hot Docs tribute to Steve James, 2016 Hot Docs Career Achievement Award Winner. Steve James and Gordon Quinn attending.
  • May 5, 10pm: WTTW #KTQ50 broadcast of Prisoner of Her Past.
  • May 20 - August 20: Kartemquin at 50: Democracy through Documentary art exhibition @ EXPO 72, Chicago, IL
  • May 23, 10pm ET/7pm PT: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) national broadcast of Hoop Dreams.
  • June 2: Gordon Quinn delivering the 2016 Robert H. Kirschner Human Rights Memorial Lecture during the University of Chicago's 2016 Alumni Weekend.
  • June 11: IDA Conversations Series #KTQ50 Talk: Steve James in conversation with Adam Kempenaar of Filmspotting @ Chicago Cultural Center. Free with RSVP.
  • June 23, 8pm: WTTW #KTQ50 broadcast of Hoop Dreams
  • June 24, 5pm: Kartemquin 50th Anniversary Gala and #KTQ50 Milestones Event @ Harris Theater, Chicago, IL
  • July 26, 6:30pm: City of Chicago Movies in the Park Kartemquin Night: screening of Inquiring Nuns @ Millennium Park, Chicago, IL
  • July: National PBS broadcasts and WTTW #KTQ50 broadcast of Almost There.
  • August 10, 8pm: Free public screening of The Last Pullman Car and Trick Bag screening @ Comfort Station, Chicago, IL.
  • August 19-28: Museum of the Moving Image in New York hosts a 16-film retrospective.
  • September 16-26: UCLA Film & Television Archive hosts a 15-film retrospective of Kartemquin films @ Billy Wilder Theater, Los Angeles, CA.
  • IDA Getting Real 2016 Conference celebrates Steve James with a keynote speech and screening of Stevie
  • October 6, 9pm: WTTW #KTQ50 broadcast of In the Game.
  • November 2-4: KTQ Fall Festival @ ArcLight Cinemas Lincoln Park.

Kartemquin 50th Anniversary Streaming Calendar.
Visit http://watch.kartemquin.com to watch each film for free on these weeks. Each film will be supplemented with extra content from our archives, and new conversations and materials.

  • January 1: Home for Life, 1966, 80min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Jerry Temaner
  • January 8: Inquiring Nuns, 1968, 66min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Jerry Temaner
  • January 15: Parents & Thumbs Down, 1968, 22min & 102min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Jerry Temaner
  • January 22: Hum 255, 1969, 28min. dir: Gordon Quinn, Jerry Blumenthal & Jerry Temaner
  • January 29: What the Fuck Are These Red Squares?, 1970, 15min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal, & Anonymous Artists of America, 1970, 10min. dir: Gordon Quinn
  • February 5: Marco, 1970, 80min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal
  • February 12: Trick Bag, 1974, 21min. dir: Kartemquin Collective
  • February 19: Viva La Causa, 1974, 12min. dir: Kartemquin Collective
  • February 26th: Winnie Wright, Age 11, 1974, 26min. dir: Kartemquin Collective
  • March 4th: Now We Live On Clifton, 1974, 26min. dir: Kartemquin Collective
  • March 11: U.E. Wells, 1975, 15min. dir: Gordon Quinn, Jerry Blumenthal (Kartemquin Collective)
  • March 18: HSA Strike ‘75, 1975, 20min. dir: Judy Hoffman (Kartemquin Collective)
  • March 25: Where’s I.W. Abel?, 1975, 45min. dir: Gordon Quinn (Kartemquin Collective)
  • April 1: What’s Happening At Local 70?, 1975, 20min. dir: Judy Hoffman (Kartemquin Collective)
  • April 8: The Chicago Maternity Center Story, 1976, 60min. dir: Kartemquin Collective
  • April 15: Taylor Chain I: A Story In a Local Union, 1980, 33min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal (Kartemquin Collective); Taylor Chain II: A Story of Collective Bargaining, 1984, 30min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal
  • April 22: The Last Pullman Car, 1983, 56min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal
  • April 29: Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap, 1984, 16min. dir: Jenny Rohrer
  • May 6: Golub, 1988, 56min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal; and Golub: Late Works Are The Catastrophes, 2004, 80min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal
  • May 13: Grassroots Chicago, 1991, 30min. dir: Steve James
  • May 20: Higher Goals, 1992, 30min. dir: Steve James; and Hoop Dreams, 1994, 176min. dir: Steve James
  • May 27: Vietnam, Long Time Coming, 1998, 120min. dir: Peter Gilbert, Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal
  • June 3: 5 Girls, 2001, 120min. dir: Maria Finitzo
  • June 10: Refrigerator Mothers, 2003, 60min. dir: David E. Simpson
  • June 17: Stevie, 2003, 144min. dir: Steve James
  • June 24: The New Americans, 2004, 411min. dir: Multiple directors, Executive Producers: Steve James & Gordon Quinn
  • July 1: The New Americans, 2004, 411min. dir: Multiple directors, Executive Producers: Steve James & Gordon Quinn
  • July 8: Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, 2007, 83min. dir: Maria Finitzo
  • July 15: At the Death House Door, 2008, 94min. dir: Steve James & Peter Gilbert
  • July 22: In the Family, 2008, 83min. dir: Joanna Rudnick
  • July 29: Milking the Rhino, 2008, 83min. dir: David E. Simpson
  • August 5: Typeface, 2009, 63min. dir: Justine Nagan; Sacred Transformations, 2010, 9min. dir: Justine Nagan
  • August 12: Prisoner of Her Past, 2010, 57min. dir: Gordon Quinn
  • August 19: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, 2010, 80min. dir: Steve James
  • August 26: The Interrupters, 2011, 125min. dir: Steve James
  • September 2: A Good Man, 2011, 86min. dir: Gordon Quinn & Bob Hercules
  • September 9: As Goes Janesville, 2012, 88min. dir: Brad Lichtenstein
  • September 16: The Trials of Muhammad Ali, 2013, 92min. dir: Bill Siegel
  • September 23: American Arab, 2013, 60min. dir: Usama Alshaibi
  • September 30: Life Itself, 2014, 118min. dir: Steve James
  • October 7: The Homestretch, 2014, 89min. dir: Kirsten Kelly & Anne de Mare
  • October 14: On Beauty, 2014, 31min. dir: Joanna Rudnick
  • October 21: Almost There, 2014, 93min. dir: Aaron Wickenden & Dan Rybicky
  • October 28: The School Project, 2014, 60min. dir: Multiple directors
  • November 4: Saving Mes Aynak, 2014, 60min. dir: Brent E. Huffman
  • November 11: Hard Earned, 2015, 312min. dir: Multiple directors. Executive Producers: Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan. Series Producer: Maggie Bowman
  • November 18: Hard Earned, 2015, 312min. dir: Multiple directors. Executive Producers: Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan. Series Producer: Maggie Bowman
  • November 25: In The Game, 2015, 78min. dir: Maria Finitzo
  • December 2: Unbroken Glass, 2016, (TBC). dir: Dinesh Sabu
  • December 9: Raising Bertie, 2016, (TBC). dir: Margaret Byrne
  • December 16: A new film from our upcoming 2016 releases! Stay tuned for more details.
  • December 23: A new film from our upcoming 2016 releases! Stay tuned for more details.