After praising our fans on Twitter yesterday, we'd now like to highlight some beautiful blogs that have recently been written about our films.
Prisoner of Her Past has been screening to great success this week in Chicago, and there also has been a great response to the DVD release. Trib Nation's James Janega's attended Tuesday's screening, and wrote "Something special is happening in that project -- it is powerful, has its roots in the Holocaust, yes, but also says something about all of our relationships with our parents." Read the whole blog, and join James Janega and Howard Reich for a special online chat about the film on Friday at Noon.
Justine Nagan will take Typeface to Evanston, IL tonight, and then travel to Madison for a big screening at the Wisconsin Film Festival. Read about how seeing Kartemquin's Stevie and Refrigerator Mothers at that same festival changed her life.
At The Death House Door also received a short but superb review this week extolling its worth as a film for classroom use: "I show this film to my students whenever I teach the persuasive essay, and class discussion is always fruitful afterwards. A gorgeously rendered documentary that speaks to the soul," wrote Wisdom Thirst.
Last but certainly not least, the overwhelmingly positive response to the world television premiere of No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson was beyond our expectations - as has been the explosion of blogs commenting on the film (By our count, over 40 in the past 3 days). We posted some of the best pre-broadcast reviews earlier this week, and here's just a small selection of comments we liked:
Pop Matters: "Steve James’ documentary is as profound and multi-layered as its subject, at once politically trenchant and deeply personal."
Crunk & Disorderly: "Given the director’s ability to take an hour worth of footage and interviews and create the depth needed to dissect such a complex story, I give the film and A."
Warriors World: "It used sports as an inroad into some of our society’s deepest, darkest caverns. For that, “No Crossover” is the one of the best documentaries ever made."
Onion AV Club: "Ultimately, The Trial Of Allen Iverson stakes out a seemingly impossible middle ground between the white and black communities, at least insofar as it gives equal voice to both sides and reveals the answers (and, well, The Answer) to be elusive and ambiguous. The film has the extraordinary quality of being simultaneously clarifying and murky, and that’s just great journalism on James’ part. He’s taken arguably the most polarizing figure in basketball over the past 15 years and lowered our collective temperature about him. And that’s no small achievement."
With a noted tradition of nurturing emerging talent and acting as a leading voice for independent media, Kartemquin is building on more than 50 years of history as Chicago’s documentary powerhouse.
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