Keep Talking to World Premiere at Vancouver International Film Festival

Kartemquin films is pleased to announce the World Premiere of director Karen Lynn Weinberg’s debut documentary, Keep Talking, at the Vancouver International Film Festival, running September 28-October 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The prestigious festival (now in its 36th year) is dedicated to promoting understanding of the world’s cultures through the art of cinema. The film will be featured in the fest's Impact Stream, featuring uncompromising documentaries that seek to change the way viewers see the world. Continued

All The Queen's Horses wins Best Documentary at MVAAFF

All The Queen's Horses, the debut feature from director Kelly Pope Richmond earned the HBO Documentaries Spotlight Award for Best Documentary at the Run& Shoot Filmworks Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival this past weekend! The highly anticipated film––earning buzz in the Martha's Vineyard Times with the likes of Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit and Spike Lee's Rodney King–world premiered at the fest Wednesday, August 9th at 1PM. Continued

Abacus broadcast premieres on PBS' FRONTLINE September 12

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail will have its broadcast premiere on PBS' FRONTLINE on September 12 at 10PM ET / 9PM CT. Following the broadcast, the film will stream online for free at pbs.org/frontline. The newest film by director Steve James, Abacus tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Abacus becomes the only US bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves––and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community–over the course of a five-year legal battle. Continued

Applications now open for 2018 Diverse Voices in Docs program!

Applications are now open for the 2018 Diverse Voices in Docs program, a professional mentorship program for independent documentary filmmakers of color. Eight Midwest filmmakers will be selected from those who apply before the November 15th deadline. Apply/find more information HERE. 2018 will be the sixth year of the successful program, which has helped over 60 mid-career documentary filmmakers of color advance their projects through mentorship and skill-sharing since launching in 2013. Continued

Margaret Caples, DVID co-founder, receives Gene Siskel Film Center's Legacy Award

Margaret Caples, both the co-founder of Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) and executive director of the Community Film Workshop, will receive the Gene Siskel Film Center Legacy Award at the 23rd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival on August 6th at 5:30PM. Caples will be presented with the award ahead of the festival's screening of the Chicago Premiere of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. A reception in honor of Caples will follow the screening. Continued

ABACUS now available for DVD pre-order; returns to Chicago

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the newest film by director Steve James is now available to pre-order on DVD for the special price of $19.99 (usually $24.99) until September 12! The DVD includes complete Mandarin subtitles. Pre-order Abacus on DVD here! Abacus has had an extremely successful theatrical run through PBS Distribution, holding for six consecutive weeks at the IFC Center in New York City and earning extended runs in the following cities: Berkeley, Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco and London; as well as a return engagement in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center beginning August 4! Abacus returns to the Gene Siskel Film Center for a week-long engagement, running August 4-10. Continued

All The Queen's Horses world premieres at MVAAFF

Kartemquin Films is pleased to announce the World Premiere of its latest documentary, All The Queen's Horses, at the Run & Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival at 1PM on Wednesday, August 9th. The film is a finalist in the festival’s HBO Documentary Competition. Ahead of the world premiere, Gravitas Ventures has acquired VOD and television rights for this riveting in-depth story of large fraud in a small town. Continued

Edith+Eddie, Abacus head to Kosovo for DokuFest

Both Edith+Eddie and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail are official selections for the 2017 DokuFest taking place in Pritzren, Kosovo, August 4-12. Both films have been extremely successful on the festival circuit thus far, with DokuFest's announcement coming on the heels of Edith+Eddie's win at the 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film earned the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short, taking home a $2,000 cash prize and eligibility to submit to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration. Continued

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