Justin Lin to direct feature adaptation of ABACUS; ABACUS broadcasts nationwide on PBS FRONTLINE tomorrow!

Deadline announced today that director Justin Lin will direct a feature film based on Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James. Lin and his Perfect Storm Entertainment production company have optioned the remake rights to the documentary and the life story rights of the Sung Family. Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) will write the screenplay. Abacus producer Mark Mitten will be a producer on the feature, with the Abacus' director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself) serving as an executive producer. Continued

Sabaah Folayan (WHOSE STREETS?) to headline 2017 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) graduation

Kartemquin Films and The Community Film Workshop of Chicago will present the latest graduates of their acclaimed Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program on October 2, 6pm at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago. Sabaah Folayan, the co-director of acclaimed 2017 documentary Whose Streets?, currently distributed in theaters by Magnolia Pictures, will deliver the keynote speech at the event, where each of the graduates will present a preview of their latest documentary project. The graduation is free to attend. RSVP here. Continued

In memory of Murray Lerner

Murray Lerner, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, passed away on Sep. 2 at his home in Long Island City at the age of 90. Lerner was twice-nominated for an Academy Award: first for his 1967 film Festival!, which documented the Newport Folk Festivals 1963-66, including the iconic performance of Bob Dylan going electric at Newport in 1965. Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn met Lerner after moving to New York to work on Festival! "He was a passionate filmmaker who loved the unlikely juxtapositions you see in his films. At the time Festival! was the biggest film I had ever worked on and Murray had the vision and tenacity to see this multi-year project through. The summer spent on Martha's Vineyard editing with Murray and Howard Alk was one of the formative experiences of my career," said Quinn. Continued

Raising Bertie now available to stream for FREE on pbs.org

Following its highly anticipated broadcast on PBS' prestigious documentary strand POV last night, August 28, award-winning Raising Bertie is now available to stream for free on PBS.org. There was an outpouring of reverence and appreciation for the film, the filmmakers, and its subjects following the nationwide broadcast. A robust and thoughtful audience on social media tuned in and chimed in about #RaisingBertiePBS. #RaisingBertiePBS is a must see #documentary Continued

Raising Bertie broadcasts nationwide tonight on PBS!

Raising Bertie will have its world television broadcast premiere on PBS' POV tonight, August 28th, as part of the prestigious PBS documentary strand's 30th season. Check local listings here. An intimate, six-year portrait of three boys growing into adulthood in Bertie County, located in rural Eastern North Carolina, the film offers viewers a respectful and tender insight into the emotional lives of Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell. This raw and starkly poetic cinéma vérité film weaves their stories together as they navigate school, unemployment, violence, first love, fatherhood, and estrangement from family members and mentors, subtly exploring the complex relationships between generational poverty, economic isolation, and educational inequity. Continued

Abacus plays 'Best of Fest' at Camden IFF

Kartemquin will be well-represented at this year's Camden International Film Festival, with Abacus: Small Enough to Jail earning a place in CIFF's 'Best of Fest' program; Abacus director Steve James participating in the Points North Forum's The Verité Director workshop with Jeff Unay (THE CAGE FIGHTER); KTQ Internship grad Sebastián Pinzón Silva's short Palenque will screen in the fest's shorts program, and two #KTQLabs grads Shot in the Dark and Quest will screen at the fest as well (Shot in the Dark will open the festival). Continued

Keep Talking to World Premiere at Vancouver International Film Festival

Kartemquin films is pleased to announce the World Premiere of director Karen Lynn Weinberg’s debut documentary, Keep Talking, at the Vancouver International Film Festival, running September 28-October 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The prestigious festival (now in its 36th year) is dedicated to promoting understanding of the world’s cultures through the art of cinema. The film will be featured in the fest's Impact Stream, featuring uncompromising documentaries that seek to change the way viewers see the world. Continued

All The Queen's Horses wins Best Documentary at MVAAFF

All The Queen's Horses, the debut feature from director Kelly Pope Richmond earned the HBO Documentaries Spotlight Award for Best Documentary at the Run& Shoot Filmworks Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival this past weekend! The highly anticipated film––earning buzz in the Martha's Vineyard Times with the likes of Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit and Spike Lee's Rodney King–world premiered at the fest Wednesday, August 9th at 1PM. Continued

Abacus broadcast premieres on PBS' FRONTLINE September 12

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail will have its broadcast premiere on PBS' FRONTLINE on September 12 at 10PM ET / 9PM CT. Following the broadcast, the film will stream online for free at pbs.org/frontline. The newest film by director Steve James, Abacus tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Abacus becomes the only US bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves––and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community–over the course of a five-year legal battle. Continued

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