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

Minding the Gap wins One in a Million award at Sun Valley Film Festival

The Sun Valley Film Festival announced today that Minding the Gap, the debut feature from director Bing Liu, earned the fest's One in a Million Award! The One in a Million award "celebrates the heart of independent film, and films made with a budget of less than a million dollars." This is the second award thus far for Minding the Gap, which took home the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this past January, following its world premiere at the fest. The film recently internationally premiered at CPH:DOX in the fest's inaugural Next:Wave competition, to rave reviews: Continued

Minding the Gap embarks on robust festival run, including International and Chicago premieres

Minding the Gap is slated to play a slew of prestigious festivals in the coming months, including the film's international premiere at CPH: DOX in the fest's Next:Wave competition on March 16, Chicago premiere at DOC 10 on April 8, and Rockford premiere on August 25.  Minding the Gap will also screen at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, running April 5-April 8. In 2017, director/producer/editor Bing Liu was a recipient of the fest's Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. Eric Hynes recently wrote about the film in Film Comment Magazine, deeming it: "Heartbreakingly honest... The footage that makes up Minding the Gap remains raw and true to the end."  Continued

A Very Kartemquin 2018 Oscars Re-Cap!

This past Sunday we celebrated a momentous occasion in the 52-year history of Kartemquin: following their nominations two of our films, Edith+Eddie and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, traveled to the 90th Academy Awards® along with their respective filmmaking teams. Edith+Eddie directed, produced and edited by Laura Checkoway and produced by Thomas Lee Wright was nominee in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category. Abacus, directed by Steve James and produced by Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman was a nominee in the Best Documentary Feature category. ABCnews followed Checkoway's journey as a first-time Oscar® nominee, in a piece that you can read here. Continued

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