#KTQ50: Watch HSA Strike '75 for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, March 25th, the free KTQ50 film is HSA Strike '75 (1975). HSA Strike '75 records a union of interns and residents at Chicago's only public hospital who are forced to strike for better patient care. This film documents their eighteen-day strike, the largest and longest doctors' strike in US history. Continued

Raising Bertie and On Beauty to screen at Sarasota

Last week, we announced Raising Bertie's world premiere at Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, North Carolina. The festival today confirmed the screening will take place at 4:30PM on Saturday, April 9th at the Carolina Theater's Fletcher Hall. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2016. For info, please visit the Full Frame website: http://www.fullframefest.org/passestickets/passes/. The subjects of the the film will all attend this "Center Frame" screening along with Director Margaret Byrne, producer Ian Kibbe, cinematographer Jon Stuyvesant, editor Leslie Simmer, Kartemquin's Tim Horsburgh and Ryan Gleeson. Continued

Trials of Muhammad Ali Screens on Southern Circuit Tour

The Trials of Muhammad Ali will be screening in four locations this week on The Southern Circuit Tour, with screening venues in North Carolina, Louisiana, Miami, and FSU in Tallahassee. Screenings are free, with director Bill Siegel attending all. March 14, 2016: Challenger Learning Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL @7pm March 15, 2016: Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC @ 7pm March 16, 2016: Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, LA @ 7pm March 18, 2016: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, FL @ 8:30pm (Khalilah Camacho-Ali, star of the film and former wife of Muhammad Ali, also attending) Continued

#KTQ50: UE/Wells for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, March 25th, the free KTQ50 film is UE/Wells">HSA Strike '75 (1975). UE/Wells follows an organizing drive by the United Electrical Workers Union at the Wells Foundry in Chicago. The multi-ethnic work force of Polish, Arab, Jewish, Hispanic and African American men and women unite together despite the company's efforts to use race as a wedge to divide them. Continued

Full Frame 2016 to host world premiere of Raising Bertie

Raising Bertie, a new film from debut director Margaret Byrne and Chicago’s award-winning documentary collective Kartemquin Films, will world premiere at Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, North Carolina on April 9, 2016. Set in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina, the film takes the viewer deep into the emotional lives of three young boys - Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell - as they face a number of challenges over six years as they grow into adults. All three will attend the world premiere. This raw and starkly poetic longitudinal cinéma vérité film weaves the young men’s stories together as they navigate unemployment, institutional racism, violence, first love, fatherhood, death, and estrangement from family members and mentors, all while trying to define their identities. Continued

New Kartemquin film Eating up Easter to pitch at Hot Docs Forum

Kartemquin Films is proud to reveal news of our co-production deal with Mara Films on Eating Up Easter, an in-progress documentary that was today announced as a selected project of the prestigious Hot Docs Forum, taking place over May 3-4 in Toronto during the 2016 Hot Docs festival. In Eating Up Easter the most isolated community in the Pacific uses lessons learned from their past to solve environmental and social challenges brought on by booming tourism and rapid development. Director Sergio Rapu, the only native Easter Islander to be actively working in production in an English speaking country, and his wife and producing partner Elena Rapu have been in production on the documentary since 2014. Now residing in Minneapolis, they brought the film to Chicago-based Kartemquin in 2015. Continued

Honoring Dr. Quentin Young

Kartemquin joins many in Chicago and beyond in saluting the life and work of Dr. Quentin Young, a noted Hyde Park physician and pioneering activist, particularly on issues of segregation and a single payer system of healthcare. Dr. Young appears in our 1975 film, HSA Strike '75, which is about a 1975 strike - the largest and longest doctors' strike in US history - protesting working conditions at Cook County Hospital, which was the only public hospital in Chicago and where he was Chairman during an era where the hospital mostly served poor and uninsured patients. While Young had advised against the strike, he did not impose any disciplinary action against his staff, and was fired. He filed a lawsuit arguing that his termination was illegal because he was not informed of why he was fired, and was reinstated a month later. Continued

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