Raising Bertie receives AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grant

Raising Bertie, the award-winning debut feature by director Margaret Byrne was announced today as one of the recipients of the AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grant. Raising Bertie, as well as six other documentary projects that screened at AFI DOCS 2016 and were involved in the AFI DOCS 2016 Impact Lab received the grant to support their outreach and social action campaigns. The 2016 Impact Lab took place in Washington, D.C. in June of 2016 during AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute's international documentary film festival that aims to bring together the nation's leaders and leading artists. Continued

Stranded by the State - Episode 3/ Homelessness premieres today

The third episode of Stranded by the State, entitled "Homelessness" premieres today. A collaboration between In These Times and Kartemquin Films. the series is directed, edited and produced by Kartemquin associate Liz Kaar and explores the human impact of Illinois' budget crisis. Episode 3: Homelessness Episode 3 of the series examines the effects of the budget crisis on human services in Illinois, with a specific focus on La Casa Norte, a non-profit that provides access to stable housing to youth and families confronting homelessness, as well as delivers comprehensive services such as technology training, education support, employment readiness, case management, therapy, food, clothing and transportation assistance. Continued

Raising Bertie goes home; heads to D.C.

Raising Bertie is coming home! On Saturday, December 10, Bertie High School will host two FREE public screenings at 11AM and 1:30PM. This will be the first public screening in Bertie, and the film's subjects will be in attendance. Following each screening there will be panel discussions including the filmmakers: Margaret Byrne, Ian Kibbe and Jon Stuyvesant. After the 1:30PM screening, there will be a barbecue for the entire Bertie community. Continued

Watch every Kartemquin Film for FREE all December; Stream them all for 1 YEAR for $50!

Beginning TODAY stream every Kartemquin Film for FREE at watch.kartemquin.com for the entire month of December, as our thank you to you for celebrating our 50th anniversary year with us! Use coupon code: KTQ50. One month not enough? You can now purchase a year's access to our VHX streaming catalogue, with every Kartemquin Film from the past 50 years, for just $50. Subscribe HERE! Highlights of our 50th year have included: Our #KTQ50 Birthday Party on June 24, 2016 at the Harris Theater Rooftop, preceded by a 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner at an exquisite private home overlooking Lake Michigan. Continued

Month of December: 50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin Store; KTQ: The Early Years Vol. 1-4 and #KTQ50 Book for just $50!

USE COUPON CODE: KTQ50 during the month of December and receive 50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin Store, including the newly released Saving Mes Aynak on DVD, the Almost There Special Edition DVD, which includes an Almost There Update and deleted scenes. All merchandise is 50% off as well! Additionally, we'll be offering all four volumes of The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years as well as a copy of the limited edition 50th Anniversary Book for just $50.00 (an $80.00 value!) Continued

In remembrance of Earl Smith

Kartemquin is sad to learn of the passing of Earl Smith, who was featured in our 1994 film Hoop Dreams. An insurance executive who on weekends acted as a volunteer basketball talent scout for local high schools, "Big Earl" was one of the first people followed by the filmmakers as they began the project, and is one of the first people you see on screen. He was responsible for spotting the young Arthur Agee on a west Chicago court, memorably stating, "I will bet you a steak dinner that in four years you will be hearing from him." Arthur became the focus of the film, and due to Earl guiding his family to send Arthur to St. Joseph's High School, he and the filmmakers also met William Gates. The result was a film that is now recognized as one of the greatest documentaries ever made. We are forever grateful to Earl Smith for being part of the Hoop Dreams legacy. Continued

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