Your responses to Maternity Center

35 years after its original release, The Chicago Maternity Center Story has once again made a stirring impact on viewers. Screening from a pristine new print at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and followed by a panel discussion including the original filmmakers, current members of the home birth movement, and Sharene Miller - who is seen giving birth on her dining room table in the film - the provocative and informative film received some strong responses in a survey we handed out to the audience. Here's some of our favorite comments: Continued

The Interrupters wins IndieWIRE's Sundance poll

Kartemquin is happy to announce that The Interrupters came first in an IndieWIRE poll asking "What buzz-heavy 2011 Sundance film are you most excited to see?" Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz's documentary about violence prevention secured 36.2% of the votes. We would like to say thanks to all who voted and supported the film by posting on Facebook and Twitter! We hope to get the film out to your communities very soon, and will be announcing a number of upcoming festival appearances in the next few weeks. Continued

Steve James' Australia Day

Australian fans of Kartemquin filmmaker Steve James will have an amazing chance to immerse themselves in his work on March 3rd. Steve James will be at the 2011 Adelaide Film Festival, where he will not only introduce the international premiere of the Sundance smash hit The Interrupters, but also attend a rare - and free - screening of the classic Hoop Dreams right afterward. Directly before this epic double bill, Steve will be in conversation with acclaimed filmmaker Peter Wintonick (Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media) as part of the 2011 Australian International Documentary Conference. Here's a schedule for the full day, with links to tickets and more information: Continued

In the Family in Seattle and Canada

Kartemquin's 2008 documentary In the Family has some exciting new screenings coming up, most notably its Canadian television premiere and an appearance at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. In a very special screening, Joanna Rudnick will be attending the Seattle premiere of In the Family at 1pm on March 20th at the Jewish Film Festival, as will two-time breast cancer survivor Julie Hanke and her daughter Corrin, who both appear in the film. Joanne Silberner, an NPR health correspondent and journalism professor at the University of Washington, will moderate a discussion after the screening. Tickets went on sale today: get them here! Continued

WTTW to air 10 Kartemquin films for our 45th anniversary!

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning documentaries as part of our 45th anniversary celebration. The series will include the television premieres of three films: PRISONER OF HER PAST, about late-onset PTSD; THE iNTERRUPTERS, about former Chicago gang members who now stop violence; and the “American Masters” premiere of A GOOD MAN, a profile of the controversial Kennedy-award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones as he creates a new performance on Abraham Lincoln for the Ravinia Festival. Continued

Lovers Rock the Doc! Danny's Peace Party to host Kartemquin

This Valentine's Day, Kartemquin Films is being shown a little love by Danny's Tavern, who are hosting a benefit party night for us in Chicago to help celebrate our 45th anniversary. Lovers Rock the Doc! is a free, open to the public event. There's no cover and no RSVP: just show up and share some 45th anniversary love for Kartemquin with our staff and filmmaking community! We'll have DJ's spinning great music and special prizes and surprises as well. A % of the bar proceeds at the end of the night will benefit Kartemquin. Get all the details here. Continued

Maternity Center makes waves once more

Some great reviews have come in for the newly restored The Chicago Maternity Center Story in advance of tomorrow's 45th anniversary screening (with Kartemquin's Women's Voices: The Gender Gap). Check out the recommendations below, and read a blog on the Siskel Center website from Gordon Quinn, Suzanne Davenport and Jenny Rohrer, members of the original Kartemquin filmmaking collective that was born with the film. "A time capsule of wo­men’s health activism... the film rips the medical industry as sexist and capitalist."- Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times Continued