In memory of Art Shay

Kartemquin is deeply saddened by the passing of Art Shay, one the country's most renowned photographers who snapped countless celebrities and pivotal moments of the 20th century. Shay graciously shared his photos of the 1963 Chicago Public Schools Boycott with the filmmaking team of our 2017 film '63 Boycott. The filmmakers of '63 Boycott posted the videos to the film's website, where individuals could identify themselves or other participants as members of the protest. "Art was the premiere photographer in Chicago. We had both filmed the 1963 Chicago Public Schools Boycott, and over the last few years we got to know each other well. He will be missed greatly, but his work lives on as part of the legacy of the city," said Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director and co-founder of Kartemquin Films. Continued

Represent selected for 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket

Represent, the debut feature from director Hillary Bachelder, produced by Anne Sobel and associate produced by Carina Nieto, was selected to participate in the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest's MeetMarket –– one of the world's largest documentary and factual markets. Selected from over 550 submissions, the filmmakers of Represent will have the opportunity to meet with over 300 international funders, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents and exhibitors. Continued

Remembering Bill Nack

Kartemquin is deeply saddened by the passing of William "Bill" Nack, who was featured in our 2014 documentary Life Itself, about Roger Ebert. Nack and Ebert became lifelong friends after meeting at the University of Illinois, while both working on The Daily Illini newspaper. As Ebert went on to became perhaps the world's most famous and greatest film critic, Nack was equally successful in his field of sports writing, gaining great acclaim for his decades of journalism for Sports Illustrated, and in particular for his 1975 book "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion," the definitive work on the Triple Crown-winning horse. Continued

Minding the Gap wins Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary at Ashland

Minding the Gap continues to enjoy a stellar festival run, most recently earning the Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival this past weekend. Read the festival's official announcement here. Last year, our 2016 film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail took home the same award from the fest. Minding the Gap was edited by Bing Liu and Joshua Altman. Continued

Minding the Gap wins twice at Full Frame

Minding the Gap by Bing Liu, recipient of the 2018 Sundance Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking, earned two awards at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival this past weekend: the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and an honorable mention for the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award. Find the full list of award-winners here. The film was a recipient of the fest's Garret Scott Documentary Development Grant in 2017. Ahead of its screening this year in Durham, NC, INDY Week's Brian Howe –– the first skateboarder thus far to review the film –– wrote of Minding the Gap: Continued

Raising Bertie now available for purchase on DVD!

The award-winning debut feature from director Margaret Byrne, Raising Bertie, is now available for purchase on DVD. Buy the film here. The film earned the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2016 Atlanta DocuFest, the Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival, and Margaret Byrne earned the Best Director award at the 2016 Atlanta Underground Film Festival. Following a robust theatrical run in partnership with Gunpowder & Sky during the summer of 2017, Raising Bertie had its world television broadcast premiere on PBS' POV in August of 2017. The film was the 4th highest-rated documentary of the prestigious PBS documentary strand's 30th season. About the film Continued

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