American Arab on video and in Chicago

On November 12th Kartemquin Films and the City of Chicago Council on Human Relations Advisory Council on Arab Affairs will host a panel discussion on issues relating to current events affecting American Arab experience and identity. The discussion will be stimulated by exclusive clips from Kartemquin's in-progress film American Arab. Get more information here. A new video from American Arab's last fundraiser, held in Chicago this summer, is now available online. Watch the video to hear director Usama Alshaibi's thoughts on why he is making this documentary and how you can help support the film. Continued

Watch video of Kartemquin winning Freedom of Speech Award

On July 31st 2010 Kartemquin received the John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award from the Newberry Library. Gordon Quinn and Justine Nagan accepted the award on behalf of Kartemquin as part of the Newberry's annual Bughouse Square Debates. The Newberry stated that "Through documentary filmmaking, Kartemquin Films unflinchingly has held a mirror up to American society and disseminated reports of difficult, ignored, and unpopular sports. Their 2010 film No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, about how racial prejudice divided a town, exemplifies Kartemquin's critical voice." It was the first time the Newberry Library had ever given the award to a documentary film production company. Continued

Congratulations to KTQ Labs alumni films at CIFF

Kartemquin would like to congratulate the filmmakers behind documentaries Tony and Janina's American Wedding and Louder Than A Bomb for their successful performances at this year's Chicago International Film Festival. Tony and Janina was the winner of the Illinoisemakers Jury Prize, and Louder Than A Bomb was selected for an extra screening and won a Special Jury Mention, Chicago Award and was selected as part of the "Best of the Fest." Both films are graduates of Kartemquin's KTQ Labs: Feedback Screenings initiative, a program of free rough-cut screenings aimed at helping local filmmakers finish their documentaries. Contact for more information. Continued

Thank you for Rocking the Doc with us!

A message from Elizabeth Neufeld, Kartemquin's Director of Development: Thank you KTQ supporters for Rocking the Doc last night at Angels and Kings!  We packed it in for a sold out night-which included the first ever public preview of The Interrupters, the new film by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, some funky music by Pretty Good Dance Moves and themed Kartemquin cocktails such as the “Trick Bag”.   If you missed it, well your only consolation is viewing pictures taken by the talented and wonderful former KTQ intern Lesley Onstott... and an invitation to join us at the next one!   Continued

Following A Good Man

Ravinia profiled the creative process behind the editing of Kartemquin's upcoming film A Good Man in their magazine recently. The fascinating article offers great insight into how editor David E. Simpson has constructed a story from over 200 hours of raw footage documenting choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a dance-theatre performance at Ravinia on the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. A digital copy of the article "Following A Good Man" is now available at the Ravinia website for print and download (click through to page 22-23). Continued

Howard Reich's Euro Trip

Howard Reich will attend two significant European premieres of Prisoner of Her Past this week in Prague and Warsaw. Both screenings will be followed by discussions with Howard Reich and leading scholars from both nations in psychiatry and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) relating to the Holocaust. These prestigious screenings have been organized in conjunction with the United States Embassies of the Czech Republic and Poland, the Prague Jewish Museum, Institute Rafael, European Shoah Legacy Institute, and the Michael Traison Fund for Poland. We thank all of them for helping to make these special screnings possible. Continued

Milking the Rhino wins yet again!

Milking the Rhino has won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Kansas International Film Festival. As winner, the film will now receive a week-long theatrical run at the Glenwood Fine Arts Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas. The award schema rates films according to the average vote from audience members - meaning our beloved Milking the Rhino wowed a high percentage of the audience who saw the film and participated in the Q+A with the film's Associate Producer, Xan Aranda. Congratulations to all of the Milking the Rhino team on yet another festival award! Continued

Ed Bachrach joins Board of Kartemquin Films

Ed Bachrach, former CEO and Chairman of the historic retailer Bachrach Clothing, Inc, has been appointed as the newest member to the Kartemquin Board of Directors. Mr. Bachrach attended his first Board Meeting in September and will immediately apply his vast business experience to the role of Treasurer. “Ed Bachrach’s knowledge of implementing a national business strategy will be a great asset to Kartemquin,” said Justine Nagan, Executive Director of Kartemquin Films. “We are delighted to have him serve on our Board of Directors as Treasurer. As we approach our 45th year of documentary filmmaking, his perspective will be invaluable in ensuring financial stability and steady growth as a nonprofit organization, as well as the smooth execution of Kartemquin’s long-term strategic planning in a time of massive transition within the independent film industry.” Continued