"Clifton" Causing a Stir Again

Kartemquin fans in Chicago should tune in to WTTW 11 tomorrow night at 9.25pm (or again on Sunday May 15 at 1:25pm) to catch Now We Live On Clifton, our 1974 documentary about the gentrification of West Lincoln Park in Chicago as seen through the eyes of two working-class children. Ahead of the broadcast the Chicago Sun-Times interviewed Kartemquin Collective filmmakers Jerry Blumenthal and Peter Kuttner, along with Pam Taylor - seen as a 10 year old in the film. They shared their thoughts on how the film still works as a film "about kids for kids" and as a portrait of a now forever lost era in the neighborhood in the article "‘Clifton’ showed how the yuppies took over West Lincoln Park" Continued

The Interrupters is a Hot Doc in Toronto & Baltimore; dates announced for Seattle & Sheffield

The Interrupters screened to sell-out crowds at Hot Docs in Toronto and the Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore this past weekend, once again picking garnering great reviews and public praise. The screenings came off the back of an announcement late on Friday that the film had grabbed yet another award - winning the Best Documentary Award at the Minneapolis / St. Paul Film Festival! Continued

Prisoner of Her Past in LA tonight

Prisoner of Her Past premieres in Los Angeles at 7:30pm tonight in a free, special event at the Museum of Tolerance. The film's subject Howard Reich and producer Joanna Rudnick will be joined by special guest panelist Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Institute Foundation for a post-screening discussion with moderator Lieb Gelb, Director of the Museum of Tolerance. The screening is part of the Museum's Holocaust Remembrance Week events. FREE with reservation required. Call 310.772.2498. Get more information. Continued

The Interrupters - a Must-See Summmer Indie!

In a preview of the summer's most anticipated independent films, IndieWIRE selected The Interrupters as their #2 "must-see" movie. In picking the film, IndieWIRE noted that The Interrupters is "one of the most acclaimed films to come out of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival" and currently has an A- average from top critics on their site. The Scorecard Review also picked out the film as a must-see movie for the summer, placing at #3 in their top 7. Continued

A must read response to The Interrupters

The Interrupters played twice to packed audiences at the Minneapolis / St. Paul this past week, and has garnered another round of strong reponses. Our pick of the bunch is Colleen Powers' thoughtful and provocative "The Interrupters: Appropriation and Action." What we appreciate most about the blog post is that, while being a personal response, it gets to the heart of many issues around audience reactions to the film regarding race and social activism, especially the key question: “What can someone who’s not from [a violent neighborhood] do?” Thank you Colleen for sharing your thoughts, we hope they inspire others to step up. Continued