New York Film Festival to host US premiere of ABACUS

The 54th New York Film Festival will host the US premiere of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the new Kartemquin film directed by Steve James. Abacus will screen on Thursday 10/6 at 8:45 PM at the Walter Reade Theater and Friday 10/7 at 6:15 PM at the Bruno Walter Auditorium with filmmakers and cast attending. NYFF runs September 30 - October 16, 2016 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Tickets go on sale September 11. Read the full announcement of the NYFF's Spotlight on Documentaries line-up. Continued

Steve James and STEVIE to headline IDA's Getting Real 2016

Steve James will be a keynote speaker and host a screening of his classic documentary Stevie at the 2016 Getting Real conference, a biennial gathering of the documentary world hosted by the International Documentary Association and the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts & Sciences, to be held September 26-29 in Los Angeles. The IDA and AMPAS revealed the full schedule for the conference today, announcing James as a headline speaker along with Ava DuVernay, who was featured in Life Itself. Also participating at Getting Real will be Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn, and Tim Horsburgh, Kartemquin's Director of Communications and Distribution. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for free all week

From today until Friday, August 26th, the free KTQ50 film is No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010). "With 'No Crossover,' James has created a picture of Iverson that appears to be closer to who he actually is than anything we've ever seen. It's at once troubling, exciting, fascinating, maddening and enlightening -- a complicated and rich film that, like its titular subject, defies categorization and offers no easy answers." — Dan Devine, Yahoo! Sports Continued

"The highest form of non-fiction filmmaking:" Kartemquin NYC Retrospective Begins Today

Starting tonight, the Museum of the Moving Image will host Kartemquin's first ever New York retrospective, featuring 16 films covering each decade of Kartemquin’s 50 years. Get tickets here. The series has already drawn significant praise from the New York media, with some highlights below: "These movies collectively represent the highest form of non-fiction filmmaking, illuminating with consummate skill a range of true-life stories that, when combined into an event like this, illustrate so much about humanity in all of its forms." - Robert Levin, AM New York. Continued

KTQ50 to Take Over NYC

Hello NYC! Kartemquin's first New York retrospective will feature 16 films covering each decade of Kartemquin’s semicentennial across two weekends, August 19-28 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. Programmed by Eric Hynes, the Museum of the Moving Image’s Associate Curator of Film, the retrospective kicks-off on August 19 with an exclusive screening of the 162 minute Sundance Film Festival cut of The Interrupters (2011). The acclaimed original cut from director Steve James has not been publicly screened in five years since its January 2011 world premiere. James will attend the opening weekend screenings of his films, which includes his classics Hoop Dreams (1994) and Stevie (2002). Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Typeface for free all week

From today until Friday, August 12th, the free KTQ50 film is Typeface (2009). "A documentary has done its job when it inspires the viewer to take action. Typeface, a look at a printmaking shop in Two Rivers, WI, is a documentary that has not only begun to revitalize a tradition that is endangered, but has inspired similar films." — Jason Behrends, ChicagoNow.com Debuting in 2009 as the opening event at Typecon and playing to rave reviews at film festivals and major design and art museums across the world, Typeface depicts the story of a museum in a little town in Wisconsin where a small group of people are not only trying to preserve the history of letterpress and wood block printing, but also are trying to revitalize it for a new millennium and a new generation. Continued

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