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

A Good Man PBS broadcast date confirmed!

11/11/11 - That's the date to remember for the world television premiere of A Good Man on AMERICAN MASTERS on PBS! The film about choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a dance-theatre piece about the life of Abraham Lincoln will air at 9pm on Friday November 11th (Veteran's Day) as part of the PBS Fall Arts "Festival" programming, with the WTTW broadcast representing Chicago's Arts scene. Also, check out the new A Good Man website: www.agoodmanfilm.com. Thanks to Dizzy Giant for the design. Stay tuned for some more news of upcoming festival screenings of A Good Man coming soon! Continued

A Good Man to represent Chicago art scene on PBS

PBS announced their major fall programming this week, selecting the world television premiere of A Good Man to represent arts in the Chicago region. Kartemquin's new film, about the Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones's creation of a dance-theatre piece inspired by the life of Abraham Lincoln for the Ravinia Festival, will air on American Masters on a Friday night between October and December as part of PBS' inaugural Fall Arts Festival. Continued

"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