History repeats for Hoop Dreams?

In a recent interview, William Gates, subject of Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams, reveals his son William Gates Jr. (seen as a baby in the classic 1994 film) is now a rising star on the basketball court and is being coached by Gene Pingatore at St. Joseph High School just like his dad. In the interview, William Gates Jr also reveals he is a big fan of the documentary profiling his father's bid to reach the NBA, having watched the "inspiring" film at least 10 times. Read the full article. Continued

"I was so thankful I saw this movie"

At Kartemquin, we adore getting feedback on our films. It's why we created the Impact campaign, and it's why we try to make sure our producers and directors are present at as many screenings as possible. We're especially delighted when we get responses like the letters we recently received from the 8th grade class of Randall Middle School in Lithia, Florida. Their teacher, Jeff Rawlins, had encouraged the students to watch Kartemquin's film Vietnam: Long Time Coming in honor of Veteran's Day, and to write letters to the film's subjects, veterans from both sides of the Vietnam war who join together to ride a 1100-mile bike expedition through the country. Here are some of the student's responses to the film: Continued

50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin store!

As thanks for your support this year, Kartemquin is offering 50% off all our DVDs and merchandise. Get a great gift for yourself or the documentary film lover in your life simply by using the coupon KTQGIFT15 at www.kartemquin.com/store. Titles available include many of the films highlighted in our IMPACT campaign. We've been overwhelmed by the support we've received since launching it in October, and it's been wonderful to read the impact testimonials you have shared with us. If you haven't explored the campaign yet, please check it out (as you check out with your half-price DVDs!), and consider an end of year donation to help us make more films. Continued

Rick Guidotti gives On Beauty positive exposure

Kartemquin filmmaker Joanna Rudnick is currently developing and fundraising for On Beauty, a documentary that in part focuses on former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti. Rick is the founder of Positive Exposure, a nonprofit that uses photography to challenge perceptions of beauty and genetic difference, and to fight discrimination and bullying. In a recent blog on the website Media Voices for Children, Rick explained more about what led him to found Positive Exposure, and how On Beauty will be featured within the film. Continued

Prisoner of Her Past makes an impact on students

Howard Reich reveals how students at screenings nationwide have responded strongly to Prisoner of Her Past in his latest blog, "Reaching Students Where They Live." Recounting their comments to him after watching the film, Howard writes: "The insights of these young adults suggested that they could see elements of their own stories - their own lives - in Prisoner of Her Past. Which is precisely why we made the film: to shed light on childhood trauma, past, present and future." Continued

Canada has holiday Hoop Dreams

Canadian Kartemquin fans will get a couple of chances to watch our classic documentary Hoop Dreams this holiday season. The Knowledge Network will broadcast the film on December 17th at 10pm and again on December 26th at 11pm. Get more information. Jeff Kelly Lowenstein recently wrote an eloquent blog on the enduring legacy of the film, while also reflecting on how high school sports have perhaps become even more professionalized in recent years. Fans of Hoop Dreams director Steve James can catch his new Kartemquin film, The Interrupters, in 2011. Continued

Read the latest Prisoner of Her Past blog

Back in early September director Gordon Quinn took Prisoner of Her Past to Greece for the Kos International Health Film Festival. Read his new blog about the experience, which has particular insight into the often asked question of Sonia Reich's habit of directly addressing the camera and her awareness and acceptance of the filming process.Prisoner of Her Past is available on DVD in the Kartemquin Store for 50% off using coupon code KTQGIFT15 until December 15th. Continued