Justine judges creations for children

Kartemquin's Executive Director Justine Nagan spent the day yesterday immersed in the world of films for children while serving as a juror for Facets' Chicago International Children's Film Festival's "Montgomery Awards."  These awards offer $2500 cash prizes to both the best film made by an adult emerging filmmaker, and to the top young filmmaker included in the festival, to encourage imaginative quality filmmaking for children. Kartemquin was happy to be involved with this unique Chicago festival, which runs from Oct 22nd-31st. Continued

Kartemquin helps and inspires local documentary filmmakers

Three excellent new documentaries showing in Chicago this month have all received a little love and assistance from Kartemquin as graduates from our KTQ Labs: Feedback Screenings initiative. Chicago filmmakers Ben Kolak, Brian Ashby and Courtney Prokopas will present their new film Scrappers at the Gene Siskel Film Center from October 8-14th. The film - about scrap metal collectors - was edited by Kartemquin associate Aaron Wickenden, and received a feedback screening here in 2007. In an interview with Gaper's Block posted yesterday, Ben Kolak revealed how Kartemquin had been an influence on his own filmmaking style. Continued

Typeface screenings make an impact

Typeface has been making a big impact on some viewers this week. First, there were these beautiful words from the Invokative blog, posted in relation to our Yorkshire, England screening from earlier this year: "Not only was it moving to see the real life portrayal of the effects, changes, and fight for designing with wooden type; it was refreshing to sit with like-minded people, and enjoy the passion and value the master craftsmen placed on a lifestyle brought about through typography... The film was a precious glimpse into a shrinking world that is so important to not only remember, but also to draw and learn from; to carry on a legacy of excellence in design." Read the rest of one of the nicest reviews yet. Continued

Gordon Quinn's ethical wisdom

Kartemquin's co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn is quoted in a recent article about ethics in filmmaking on the IDA (International Documentary Assocation) website, documentary.org. In A Question of Ethics: The Relationship between Filmmaker and Subject, Gordon describes how "he makes a point of trying to give the viewer a sense of how the story is being told and what the filmmakers' relationship with the subject is like," using In the Family and Prisoner of Her Past as examples.  Continued

Kartemquin docs continue to impact communities

At Kartemquin, we pride ourselves on the impact our films can make on audiences. Long after a film has played at festivals or on television, we hope that its quality will stand the test of time and that it will continue to move people to discuss the issues involved, and inspire them to take action no matter where they are in the world. Here are some recent examples of our documentaries stirring debate and meeting a positive response for their informed and engrossing depiction of complex subject matter. Continued

Typeface nominated for a regional Emmy!

Typeface has been nominated for a 2010 Emmy for Best Documentary - Current Significance by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Congratulations to all of the Typeface team! The awards ceremony will be held on November 6. Get more information. Chicago audiences can catch a television broadcast of the film on WTTW 11 PBS at 9pm on November 18th, and there will also be a screening at Director Justine Nagan's alma mater, the University of Chicago, on October 22nd. Continued

Kartemquin Films on Netflix

You wanted it, you got it. Here is a complete list of all the Kartemquin Films currently available on Netflix. With the films listed as "Save to Queue", if enough people add them to their queue, they become available for shipping. So help Kartemquin and do it now! Happy watching! Save to Queue Prisoner of Her Past Typeface   Watch Instantly and DVD Hoop Dreams Continued

Good week for watching Golub

Chicago area fans of Kartemquin's acclaimed documentary Golub: Late Works Are The Catastrophes will have two chances to watch the film for free this week. This is a rare opportunity to see a film hailed by Chicago Reader critic Jonathan Rosenbaum as "probably not only Kartemquin's best film but also the best film account of the creation of a work of art" and discuss it with the film's co-directors, one of whom will be present at each screening. Continued