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

The Unfinished Work of Title IX

Read a great profile of Kartemquin's in-progress documentary In the Game in the Chronicle of Higher Education article "Upcoming Film Depicts Title IX’s Unfinished Work In Urban Schools". The article puts In the Game in the Kartemquin lineage with Hoop Dreams, stating that we are "turning once again to an urban neighborhood for a film about sports and society." Maria Finitzo's in-progress film will focus on the impact of Title IX legislation on creating an equal playing field for girls. Read the full article. Continued

DOXA hosts A Good Man

DOXA Documentary Film Festival today announced its 2011 line-up, which will feature the Canadian Premiere of A Good Man on May 8 at 12pm. Co-Directors Gordon Quinn and Bob Hercules will both attend the Vancouver screening of the film about dance choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a work about Abraham Lincoln, which will be the film's third viewing after showings at Full Frame and Minneapolis/St.Paul festivals. Get tickets and more information.Watch the trailer. Continued


New Yorkers have the opportunity to watch three Kartemquins docs in the coming weeks on the big screen as part of our 45th Anniversary celebrations. Prisoner of Her Past has its New York premiere in a free screening at the Museum of Jewish Heritage tomorrow night. Director Gordon Quinn and Producer/Subject Howard Reich will attend and there will be a post-screening discussion with Yuval Neria, PhD, Director of the Trauma and PTSD Program at Columbia University. Get more information and RSVP. Continued

Chicago Maternity Center in New York

We are delighted to announce a special Kartemquin 45th anniversary screening of the newly restored The Chicago Maternity Center Story in New York City. The screening is presented by Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Center and will take place on April 19 at 8pm. Gordon Quinn and Suzanne Davenport, two of the film's five co-directors, will attend and take part in a discussion following the screening.Get tickets and more information. See the Facebook event and watch the trailer. Continued

"Leaner and meaner" Interrupters premieres in Dallas

The Interrupters continued its impressive festival run Saturday with another sold out screening at the Cleveland Film Festival. Interrupters Cobe Williams and Rodney “Hot Rod” Phillips did a road trip with Co-producer Zak Piper, where they joined Producer Alex Kotlowitz on stage after the screening to answer questions following another standing ovation. Cobe reports that one viewer saw the movie twice in Cleveland. He brought his wife back the second time! Zak Piper also reports that while in Cleveland the crew bumped into Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who later gave an endorsement of the film and Ceasefire on his twitter feed. Continued