Chicago Women Leaders reflect on Title IX and In the Game

In the Game, Kartemquin's in-progress documentary about the current state of women's sports after 40 years of Title IX legislation, was the catalyst for a discussion last week among The Chicago Network, a group of the city's leading female executives. A group of around 100 successful women attended the event to share their own stories of the impact of Title IX, before Emily Barr, President and General Manager of Chicago's ABC affiliate station, introduced In the Game director/producer Maria Finitzo, who presented the film's 9-minute demo. The room responded strongly to the evidence of gender discrimination shown in the demo, which also features Chicago Sky Chairman Margaret Stender, a panelist that evening. Also representing the film were producer Mary Morrisette, Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan, and production associates Shu Ling Yong (a former Kartemquin intern) and Kristina Eschmeyer. Continued

The Interrupters on NPR "Talk of the Nation"

Producer Alex Kotlowitz and star Eddie Bocanegra of The Interrupters were interviewed by Neal Conan for NPR's "The Talk of the Nation" last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Listen to the full interview online. Eddie spoke movingly of his experiences as a violence interrupter in Chicago, and his comfort in knowing that he has "made a difference in some people's lives" through his work. Eddie and Alex also took call-in questions from the public. Alex and Eddie were at the festival along with the film's director Steve James and Tio Hardiman, director of Ceasefire Illinois. This week in Chicago, Kartemquin is hosting a Youth Media Summit at Columbia College Chicago. Continued

Hamilton + Target = Cool Never Fades

We're very excited for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, featured in our film Typeface, and currently enjoying an unprecedented level of success. This week saw the launch of a video titled "Cool Never Fades," which introduces a new fall line of clothing inspired by the Hamilton museum that will be hitting Target stores from July 11! We can also share this hot-off-the-presses article in The Atlantic, where you can find a bit more about how this all came to be, and direct you to the brand spanking new Hamilton website, which looks superb. Continued

Gordon Quinn on the importance of CAN-TV

Kartemquin's Artistic Director Gordon Quinn spoke out on the importance of local public television to a June 14th meeting of the Chicago Cable Commission. In his presentation Gordon stressed his passion for Chicago's CAN-TV and his involvement in the Committee for Media Access, formed to ensure its survival in the face of threats from cable franchises. Calling CAN-TV "one of the City’s top civic accomplishments in my lifetime," Gordon urged the City of Chicago to "affirm the founding vision and values for CAN TV... by ensuring that cable franchises provide strong community benefits agreements that protect and develop the public’s channels for the next generation of Chicagoans." Read Gordon Quinn's full statement at the Committee For Media Access. Continued

Three KTQ films head to Ventura Festival

The Kartemquin documentaries A Good Man, Prisoner of Her Past and Typeface will all screen at the 2011 Ventura Film Festival in Ventura, California this July! Prisoner of Her Past screens at 2pm on July 11 at the Goodbar. A Good Man screens at 10am on July 13 at the Regency. Typeface screens at 2pm on July 13 at the Regency (with a Q+A with cinematographer Tom Bailey).Get tickets and the full schedule from the Ventura Film Festival. Continued

A Good Man Chicago premiere confirmed

A Good Man will have a week long theatrical run in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center from September 23-29. Further details are still to be confirmed but co-Directors Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn will be present for the premiere along with other crew members from Kartemquin and Media Process Group. The film about choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a dance-theater Ravinia Festival performance about the life of Abraham Lincoln screened twice this past week to sell-out crowds at the Silverdocs Film Festival. Critics also praised the film, with the Washington City Paper preview stating "there's plenty of meaty conversation as Jones & Co. Continued

The Interrupters leads IndieWIRE critical ratings of 2011 films so far

IndieWIRE has announced that The Interrupters is still leading the website's critical standings of 2011's best indie films. The film has been leading the standings ever since its fantastic reception after world premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. We're both excited and a little overwhelmed to still be at the top! Filmmakers Steve James, Alex Kotlowitz and Ceasefire's Tio Hardiman and Eddie Bocanegra will all travel to the Aspen Ideas festival tonight to present the film as the opening night selection of the festival. Also today, audiences at Silverdocs can grab another chance to see the film as a new screening was just added for 1:15pm at the AFI Silver Theater 2. Get tickets. Continued

Isaiah Thomas' Hoop Dreams Tattoo

Kartemquin Films has a new favorite basketball player. Isaiah Thomas, a 5'10" guard picked up by the Sacramento Kings as the 60th choice of the NBA draft yesterday, wins our admiration firstly for making his hoop dreams come true, but most of all for having this fantastic tattoo in tribute Will Gates' famous line of dialogue from Hoop Dreams. We had posted an example of the ongoing impact of Hoop Dreams earlier this week in our Storify narrative of tweets about the film's Memorial Day Weekend broadcasts, but this may be an even more dramatic example of the film's influence. Best of luck to you Isaiah in the NBA: we got your back! Continued