The Politics of Labor, Art and Healthcare

Chicago audiences can see three classic Kartemquin films this week, focusing on the politics of labor, art and healthcare.   This Saturday at 4pm, The Last Pullman Car (1983) will screen for FREE on the historic Pullman site in Chicago, with filmmakers Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn attending. The film's depiction of the 1981 fight of workers to keep their jobs working at Pullman has renewed relevance 30 years later, showing yet another story of American industry abandoning our workers and communities. The screening is part of the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, and is hosted by South Side Projections, the Pullman State Historic Site, and the Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society. Get more information. Continued

Seven Kartemquin Films to screen at IDFA 2011

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced its 2011 line-up, which includes A Good Man and The Interrupters. The festival, regularly cited as Europe's premier documentary event, runs November 16-27. This will mark the 7th festival of our 45th anniversary year in which the two films have screened together, and the two will be part of 7 total Kartemquin films screening at IDFA.   A Good Man and The Interrupters screen in the 'Masters' section of the festival, along with new works by some of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers alive. The films' respective directors Steve James and Gordon Quinn will attend for Kartemquin.   Continued

Sunday service: Thumbs Down at Doc Films

Thumbs Down screens at 10pm on Sunday as part of their ongoing University of Chicago Doc Films retrospective of Kartemquin at 45. The 1968 cinema-verite documentary shows a teenage youth group called Thumbs Down who aim "to bring Christ to their neighborhood" by holding an anti-war Mass at their conservative Chicago parish. Neither militants nor hippies, they simply believe that Christianity means social action and concern with issues. They present this belief to the community and the confrontation reveals the deepening crisis of communication between the young Christians and their parents, priest, and neighbors. The film was co-directed by Kartemquin founders Jerry Temaner and Gordon Quinn, and screened at the 1968 Chicago International Film Festival and the Festival Dei Popoli, Florence, Italy. Continued

Haskell Wexler visits Kartemquin

Kartemquin was honored with a visit from Haskell Wexler today: check out photos on our Facebook page.   Wexler was in town for the Chicago International Film Festival and visited us to be interviewed by our own living legend, Gordon Quinn, for a feature in the magazine In These Times. He entered the building filming on his own small video camera and proceeded to tour our offices interviewing each of the staff before sitting down with Gordon.   Continued

Kartemquin partners with Investing in Communities

Kartemquin is partening with Investing in Communities. IIC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help consumers connect with socially responsible professionals to generate funding for nonprofits. By leveraging competitive markets and the passion of nonprofit supporters, Investing In Communities empowers individuals and businesses to generate funding for nonprofits for free. Help us get funding through IIC at no cost to you! Click to learn more about IIC. Continued

The Interrupters storms Chicago... again!

The Interrupters returned to the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago last Friday. Producer Alex Kotlowitz, co-producer Zak Piper and CeaseFire members Ricardo “Cobe” Williams and Marcus McAllister participated in an insightful Q&A. Inspired audience members inquired about everything from the particularities of filmmaking to the logistics and financing of CeaseFire. While some wondered about the personal stances of the Ceasefire members present that night, others just expressed their own feelings about the film, claiming it to be “the most important documentary they had ever seen.”   Continued

Historic Pullman screening for Last Pullman Car

As part of the continuing celebration of the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, South Side Projections, the Pullman State Historic Site, and the Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society are proud to present a screening of the documentary The Last Pullman Car (1984, Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal, 16mm) at the historic Clock Tower Building, part of the original Pullman factory complex. Co-directors Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal, also co-founders of Kartemquin, will be present for discussion.   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

Two Kartemquin Films now 50% off on iTunes

Award-winning Kartemquin films Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita and Milking the Rhino are available for purchase from iTunes at 50% off their regular price from now until October 17th! The promotion is part of the PBS Indies sale on iTunes.   Mapping Stem Cell Research is available on iTunes here. The Peabody award-winning film puts a human face on stem cell research through the story of Northwestern University professor Dr. Jack Kessler's search for a cure for his paralyzed daughter, Allison.   Continued