Stranded by the State - Episode 3/ Homelessness premieres today

The third episode of Stranded by the State, entitled "Homelessness" premieres today. A collaboration between In These Times and Kartemquin Films. the series is directed, edited and produced by Kartemquin associate Liz Kaar and explores the human impact of Illinois' budget crisis. Episode 3: Homelessness Episode 3 of the series examines the effects of the budget crisis on human services in Illinois, with a specific focus on La Casa Norte, a non-profit that provides access to stable housing to youth and families confronting homelessness, as well as delivers comprehensive services such as technology training, education support, employment readiness, case management, therapy, food, clothing and transportation assistance. Continued

Raising Bertie goes home; heads to D.C.

Raising Bertie is coming home! On Saturday, December 10, Bertie High School will host two FREE public screenings at 11AM and 1:30PM. This will be the first public screening in Bertie, and the film's subjects will be in attendance. Following each screening there will be panel discussions including the filmmakers: Margaret Byrne, Ian Kibbe and Jon Stuyvesant. After the 1:30PM screening, there will be a barbecue for the entire Bertie community. Continued

Watch every Kartemquin Film for FREE all December; Stream them all for 1 YEAR for $50!

Beginning TODAY stream every Kartemquin Film for FREE at watch.kartemquin.com for the entire month of December, as our thank you to you for celebrating our 50th anniversary year with us! Use coupon code: KTQ50. One month not enough? You can now purchase a year's access to our VHX streaming catalogue, with every Kartemquin Film from the past 50 years, for just $50. Subscribe HERE! Highlights of our 50th year have included: Our #KTQ50 Birthday Party on June 24, 2016 at the Harris Theater Rooftop, preceded by a 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner at an exquisite private home overlooking Lake Michigan. Continued

Month of December: 50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin Store; KTQ: The Early Years Vol. 1-4 and #KTQ50 Book for just $50!

USE COUPON CODE: KTQ50 during the month of December and receive 50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin Store, including the newly released Saving Mes Aynak on DVD, the Almost There Special Edition DVD, which includes an Almost There Update and deleted scenes. All merchandise is 50% off as well! Additionally, we'll be offering all four volumes of The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years as well as a copy of the limited edition 50th Anniversary Book for just $50.00 (an $80.00 value!) Continued

In remembrance of Earl Smith

Kartemquin is sad to learn of the passing of Earl Smith, who was featured in our 1994 film Hoop Dreams. An insurance executive who on weekends acted as a volunteer basketball talent scout for local high schools, "Big Earl" was one of the first people followed by the filmmakers as they began the project, and is one of the first people you see on screen. He was responsible for spotting the young Arthur Agee on a west Chicago court, memorably stating, "I will bet you a steak dinner that in four years you will be hearing from him." Arthur became the focus of the film, and due to Earl guiding his family to send Arthur to St. Joseph's High School, he and the filmmakers also met William Gates. The result was a film that is now recognized as one of the greatest documentaries ever made. We are forever grateful to Earl Smith for being part of the Hoop Dreams legacy. Continued

In the Game and director Maria Finitzo head to Tajikistan, India and Morocco with the American Film Showcase

In the Game has been chosen by the U.S. State Department to be one of the 10 films to participate in the American Film Showcase (AFS), the United States' premier film diplomacy program. AFS organizes screenings and workshops with American filmmakers in more than 40 countries, in partnership with the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC's School of Cinematic Arts. The film and the film's director, Peabody Award-winner Maria Finitzo, are slated to travel to Tajikistan, India and Morocco in the next six months with the American Film Showcase. The screenings will center around empowering women and girls through sport, as well as encouraging mentorship for girls. Tajikistan Continued

Applications now open for 2017 Diverse Voices in Docs Program

Kartemquin Films and The Community Film Workshop of Chicago have opened applications for the 2017 edition of Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID). 12 producers will be selected from those who apply before the December 19 deadline. 2017 will be the fifth year of this successful program, which has now helped over 50 mid-career documentary filmmakers of color advance their projects through mentorship and skill-sharing since launching in 2013. Continued

Stranded by the State - Episode 1 / Public Higher Education premieres today

Announcing the first episode of Stranded by the State, a new web series in collaboration between In These Times and Kartemquin Films. Directed, edited and produced by Kartemquin associate Liz Kaar, the series explores the human impact of Illinois' budget crisis. Episode 1: Public Higher Education Episode 1 of the series examines the effects of the budget crisis on Illinois public higher education institutions, specifically Eastern Illinois University. We meet Catie Witt, EIU student body president and #FundEIU organizer, as well as a first-generation college student anxious about the possibility of a tuition increase at EIU. Local businesses also express worries about a decline or total loss of the student population in Charleston, Illinois. Watch it now: Continued

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