The Interrupters wins Audience Award at Little Rock Film Festival!

The Interrupters took home the Audience Award from the Little Rock Film Festival yesterday. Co-Producer Zak Piper accepted the award after attending two screenings that weekend where audiences stayed for long and thoughtful discussions of the issues presented in the documentary. The Little Rock award follows on from festival honors the film has received from True/False, Miami, Phiadelphia Cinefest, Full Frame and Minneapolis / St.Paul. Zak also took part in a special community outreach event at the festival as part of the LRFF Youth! Filmmaking Panels, hosting a 75 minute presentation to high school aged aspiring filmmakers at the Argenta Community Theater in Little Rock. Zak showed 5 clips from the film, discussed our approach to making the film, and then answered questions. Continued

Great Sight & Sound review for Kartemquin Early Years DVD

The esteemed film magazine Sight & Sound gave our recently released DVDs The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years Volumes 1 & 2 a great review in its May 2011 issue. The review by critic Michael Atkinson isn't online, but the magazine is out now. However, we thought we'd share it with you here since it is such a nice vindication of our mission to release our entire back catalog on DVD so new audiences can see the continued relevance of our early films. Continued

Union protests bring Taylor Chain films back into focus

With the recent protests by union workers in Wisconsin and Indianapolis again stirring discussions of the relevance of unions and the value of collective bargaining, Kartemquin's 1980 and 1983 films Taylor Chain I & II have come back into focus. The Times of Northwest Indiana recently interviewed Kartemquin co-founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal about their memories of filming the Taylor Chain docs. Gary Hubbard, public affairs director of the United Steelworkers Union who was instrumental in securing union clearances for the film was also interviewed on the ongoing relevance of the films. Read the full article "Filmmakers: Recent protests akin to union's fight to save Hammond plant." Continued

Howard Reich: Chicago Journalist of the Year

The Chicago Journalists Association will honor Howard Reich as "Chicago Journalist of the Year" at their 72nd annual awards ceremony this October. In announcing the award on their website yesterday, the Chicago Journalists Association specifically cited Howard Reich's work as a Producer, Writer and Narrator of Kartemquin's Prisoner of Her Past as being part of the reason for his win. Howard has toured extensively across the US and Europe with the film, tirelessly providing inspirational testimony on his mother's Holocaust-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at numerous screenings and educational discussions. We congratulate Howard on this most deserved award, and thank him for being such an unfailingly gracious ambassador for the film. From the Chicago Journalists Assocation website: Continued