Chicago Maternity Center's New York Story

As part of Kartemquin's 45th anniversary celebrations, Stranger Than Fiction at IFC Center hosted a great screening and discussion of The Chicago Maternity Center Story last night in New York City. Filmmakers Gordon Quinn and Suzanne Davenport attended, and were joined on a panel by Thom Powers of Stranger Than Fiction and medical journalist and original 1970's WATCH homebirth activist Laura Newman. More photos, courtesy of Simon Luethi. In advance of the screening, Cynthia Fuchs of Pop Matters gave the newly restored DVD of the film 9/10, stating: Continued

Kartemquin in the classroom

Kartemquin's Executive Director Justine Nagan recently visited two high school AVID classes while in Minnesota as a part of KTQ's 45th anniversary. She spoke to freshmen and juniors at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School about social issue documentary, careers in media and the future of film, showing clips from several KTQ works. Additionally, she recently visited Ruth Leitman's class on the history of Kartemquin at Columbia College Chicago. Other KTQ veterans were previous guest speakers and Justine enjoyed the chance to talk with several emerging media makers about her role at Kartemquin and the industry in general. We are also currently hosting Ahmed Hamed, a visiting filmmaker from Egypt who is making a film on his experiences in the recent revolution and of his trip to Chicago. Continued

The Interrupters' Philly win

We only just found out about yet another award win for The Interrupters. The film - already a Jury Prize winner at both the Miami and Full Frame Festivals, as well being the recipient of the True Life Fund from True/False - also picked up the Audience Award for Best Documentary from Philadelphia Cinefest last week. Congratulations to the entire team, and thanks to Philadelphia Cinefest attendees for the honor! Next up for The Interrupters are appearances at Minneapolis/St.Paul, Hot Docs in Toronto, and Maryland Film Festival. Get full screening info. Continued

Typeface on your TV

Typeface is currently being broadcast nationally across many different PBS outlets. Please check your local listings as so many new screenings are being added that we can barely keep up with adding them to our website (we just found out about 30 different markets carrying the film)! Here's a list of upcoming cities and PBS stations that are carrying the film between today and April 30th. Some of these stations have multiple broadcasts planned across multiple digital channels, so really check those listings and don't miss it! We'll try to add more broadcasts as we hear about them. Continued

Interrupters European premiere announced for Sheffield Doc/Fest

The Interrupters will have its European Premiere at the 2011 Sheffield Doc/Fest between June 8-12. Director Steve James will be attending and will also give a masterclass at the festival, which is the UK's most presitigious documentary film event. Read about the news in IndieWIRE or visit the Sheffield Doc/Fest website for more infomation. The film will eventually be broadcast in the UK through BBC Storyville. We hope to be able to announce more European broadcast dates and festival apperances soon. Continued

30 seconds to change a life

Steve James will be in Dallas today and tomorrow for the Dallas International Film Festival, where he will attend two screenings of The Interrupters and also be the first documentary filmmaker to collect the Dallas Star Award. Excitingly, these screenings will also see the premiere of the film's new 144min theatrical cut. The new version of Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz's film also screens in Philadelphia at Philly Cinefest this Sunday, and from now on. Continued