"A Good Wisconsin Story"

As you may have heard, major retailer Target's new "Vintage Varsity" clothing line is inspired by Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, the subject of our film Typeface.  Typeface director Justine Nagan and Hamilton Museum Artistic Director Jim Moran were recently interviewed by Madison, Wisconsin's Capital Times about how the film inspired Target to delve further into the museum's collection of a million pieces of wood type for their own inspiration, and how the museum will now be on surer footing as a result. Read the article. Continued

Prisoner of Her Past and Lookingglass bring Survivors' stories to light

Scenes from Kartemquin's Prisoner of Her Past were recently shown alongside excerpts from the Lookingglass theater's acclaimed play The Last Act of Lilka Kadison as part of two Chicagoland events examining memory and the portrayal of survivors' stories in the arts. The events at the Spertus Insititute and Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (both venues that have previously hosted full screenings of Prisoner of Her Past) were well attended by audiences who hear both Producer/subject Howard Reich and director Gordon Quinn speak. Read more about the events in an excellent recap in the Skokie Review. Continued

The Interrupters New York tickets on sale NOW

Screening times have been announced and tickets are now on sale for The Interrupters first cinematic run at IFC Center in New York. Get tickets now. The 125 minute film about violence prevention in Chicago will screen from this Friday, July 29 at daily showings of: 12:05pm, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30 and 10:05pm until August 4th. Director/producer Steve James, producer Alex Kotlowitz, co-producer Zak Piper and violence interrupter Cobe Williams are all attending opening weekend. On Friday July 29 a Q&A will follow the 7:30 show and an there will be extended introduction for the 10:05pm screening. On Saturday July 30 there will be a Q&A following the 4:55 and 7:30 shows. Continued

New poster and new length for The Interrupters

Check out the brand new theatrical poster for The Interrupters, with the inspiring tagline "Every City Needs Its Heroes." If you've been eagle-eyed recently you might have noticed that The Interrupters running time on our website and various listings of the film's upcoming theatrical release has changed from 144 minutes to 125 minutes. That's right - the film has got 19 minutes shorter in a week! Here's an explanation from director Steve James: “When we were cutting the film down to the required length for our BBC version, we realized that we really liked the changes and trims we made to the film. It was actually working better for us as a film. Continued

Rock the Doc! Summer of 45s

On August 23rd at the Hide Out in Chicago Kartemquin will host Rock the Doc! Summer of 45s. A party benefit night of DJs spinning vintage vinyl tunes from 1966 onwards to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, the event is the third in our Rock the Doc series, designed to bring the Chicago independent filmmaking community together. DJs include Kartemquin's very own Zak Piper, Bill Siegel, Naomi Walker, Joe Wroblewski and Michael Slaboch. The event begins at 9pm and runs until late. Suggested donation of $10. Get tickets! Come on out and support Kartemquin and Chicago independent film! Continued

Stevie starts New York Steve James season

At IFC Center in New York at 8pm tonight celebrated director Steve James will attend a rare screening of his 2003 Kartemquin documentary Stevie. The event is hosted by the Stranger Than Fiction documentary programming series. Get tickets. Cynthia Fuchs of Pop Matters reviewed Stevie again ahead of the screening, giving the film 9/10 and praising the film's complexity and refusal to shape a judgment for the viewer: "Instead, it raises questions, considers unintended effects as well as good intentions. And it reveals the complex circulation of damage and anger, offenders and victims—who too often become offenders." Read the full review. Continued

Milking the Rhino on WTTW this Thursday

Kartemquin's award-winning film <a href="http://" _cke_saved_href="http://" www.milkingtherhino.org"="">Milking the Rhino</a></em> will be broadcast this Thursday, July 21 at 10pm on WTTW 11 Chicago PBS. The broadcast is the fifth film in the Kartemquin <a href="http://www.kartemquin.com/45" _cke_saved_href="http://www.kartemquin.com/45">45th anniversary</a> series by Chicago's premier public television station. Check out a video of director/producer David E. Simpson introducing the film. <iframe width="512" height="308" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G3nBBZ1VY_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <em>Milking the Rhino</em> portrays rural Africans at the vanguard of community-based conservation, turning the cameras away from the wildlife and onto the lives of the humans who share the land with them. Continued

Typeface limited edition DVDs are sold out!

Thanks to all the legions of Typeface fans around the world, we are now sold out of Typeface limited edition DVDs! The limited edition DVD featured a letterpress poster designed by Bill Moran of Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Designs by Bill and Jim Moran are now also gracing the bodies of type lovers across the USA thanks to the Target "Cool Never Fades" clothing line inspired by the museum. The creation of the line itself - like so many of the amazing posters, photos and videos you have sent us over the past 3 years - was itself inspired by a Target designer seeing one of the very first Typeface screenings in 2008 at the Walker Art Center. Continued

New trailer for The Interrupters

Edit: 7/29 - for updated US, UK & Canadian dates please visit the official website.   We are proud to present the new theatrical release trailer for The Interrupters. Please watch, enjoy and share with someone you think should be aware of the film. The Interrupters will be released on July 29 in the USA through Cinema Guild and on August 12th in the UK through Dogwoof. Check the film's events page to see exact details of dates and venues. So far theatrical engagements have been confirmed for the following cities (1 week engagement unless stated): Continued

Typeface: Making an impact from day one

If you're a fan of letterpress, wood type, typography or fashion, you have probably already heard a lot of news about the fantastic new line of Target Style clothing inspired by Hamilton Wood type and Printing Museum. The "Cool Never Fades" line is already in stores and available online from July 17. Amid the excitement, a couple of difference sources have noted the pivotal role of our film Typeface in inspiring the collection's genesis. The design blog Unbeige explains: "The idea for a partnership was sparked when a Target designer caught a screening of Typeface, Justine Nagan‘s 2009 documentary about the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Continued