In the Family in Seattle and Canada

Kartemquin's 2008 documentary In the Family has some exciting new screenings coming up, most notably its Canadian television premiere and an appearance at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. In a very special screening, Joanna Rudnick will be attending the Seattle premiere of In the Family at 1pm on March 20th at the Jewish Film Festival, as will two-time breast cancer survivor Julie Hanke and her daughter Corrin, who both appear in the film. Joanne Silberner, an NPR health correspondent and journalism professor at the University of Washington, will moderate a discussion after the screening. Tickets went on sale today: get them here! Continued

WTTW to air 10 Kartemquin films for our 45th anniversary!

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning documentaries as part of our 45th anniversary celebration. The series will include the television premieres of three films: PRISONER OF HER PAST, about late-onset PTSD; THE iNTERRUPTERS, about former Chicago gang members who now stop violence; and the “American Masters” premiere of A GOOD MAN, a profile of the controversial Kennedy-award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones as he creates a new performance on Abraham Lincoln for the Ravinia Festival. Continued

Lovers Rock the Doc! Danny's Peace Party to host Kartemquin

This Valentine's Day, Kartemquin Films is being shown a little love by Danny's Tavern, who are hosting a benefit party night for us in Chicago to help celebrate our 45th anniversary. Lovers Rock the Doc! is a free, open to the public event. There's no cover and no RSVP: just show up and share some 45th anniversary love for Kartemquin with our staff and filmmaking community! We'll have DJ's spinning great music and special prizes and surprises as well. A % of the bar proceeds at the end of the night will benefit Kartemquin. Get all the details here. Continued

Maternity Center makes waves once more

Some great reviews have come in for the newly restored The Chicago Maternity Center Story in advance of tomorrow's 45th anniversary screening (with Kartemquin's Women's Voices: The Gender Gap). Check out the recommendations below, and read a blog on the Siskel Center website from Gordon Quinn, Suzanne Davenport and Jenny Rohrer, members of the original Kartemquin filmmaking collective that was born with the film. "A time capsule of wo­men’s health activism... the film rips the medical industry as sexist and capitalist."- Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times Continued

Sharene Miller to attend Maternity Center Story screening!

Kartemquin is delighted to announce that Sharene Miller, subject of The Chicago Materity Center Story, will be attending our screening of the film on Saturday in Chicago at 1:30pm! We are excited for the audience to witness the reunion of the Chicago Maternity Center Story filmmakers with Sharene, seen giving birth to her son in this classic 1976 feminist documentary about women struggling to control their rights amid of the corporate takeover of healthcare. A number of members of the home birth movement will also be present for a post-screening discussion and reception for ticket holders. Do not miss the event: get tickets now. Continued

Sundance praise for The Interrupters

The Interrupters had two extremely successful public screenings at Sundance this past weekend, with the violence interrupters and the film's crew receiving standing ovations from the sold out crowds. With two more screenings this weekend, many of the people associated with the film are still in Park City, but we will soon have some videos and pictures from their trip to share with you (we also already posted some great green room pictures and a radio interview on the film's Facebook page). Also, check out the new website for the film - containing four new clips. In the meantime, read some of the great reviews the film has received at Sundance, from both critics and viewers on the web and Twitter: Continued

A new standard for using documentary film in the classroom

Read the latest Prisoner of Her Past blog, in which Howard Reich describes how "Some Very Savvy 8th Graders" at Westview Hills Middle School were inspired to engage with the film through working in groups and by screening the film in segments, resulting in 150 students "bursting with ideas, observations and an outpouring of inquiries." Some of their questions get right to the heart of the film's treatment of issues such as PTSD, memory, trauma and the Holocaust, and may surprise you. Read Howard's blog here. Continued