News for December 2011

Comments submitted in DMCA exemption case

Without a DMCA exemption for filmmakers, many important documentaries currently in production could not be made. This argument is at the core of official comments submitted to the US Copyright office yesterday, which you can now read in full online.   The official comments are the first step in the case asking for a renewed exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would allow filmmakers and multimedia content creators to rip content from DVDs, Blu-Ray and digital video transmission (streaming video) for the purpose of "fair use" incorporation in their work. This would extend the victory for filmmakers secured in 2010 and protect the future of documentary film.   Continued

The Interrupters Returns To Philadelphia For A Free Screening Sponsored by the Mayor's Office

The Interrupters returns to the City of Brotherly Love for a free community screening on Monday, December 5th, 7pm, at Philadelphia's Pearl Theatre.  The event is generously sponsored by Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter, Temple University and the Mayor's Commission on African American Males.   This screening is anticipated to bring together a myriad of the city’s organizations from the Philadelphia CeaseFire to the youth-led dance troupe, The Dollar Boyz.  The event’s coordinator, Erica Atwood, a Specialist with the Mayor’s Office of External Affairs & Community Engagement, anticipates a capacity crowd with over 200 RSVPs being claimed three days before the event.    Continued

The Interrupters BBC4 broadcast receives stunning response

The Interrupters premiered on BBC4 this past Sunday, December 4th and generated incredible response among viewers watching that night. Statements such as the following were all over Twitter and Facebook:   “Brilliant. Inspirational. But more importantly makes me want to go and affect change.”    “Just finished watching The Interrupters on BBC4 - remarkable film about CeaseFire IL's 'violence interrupters' in Chicago.”    “Best film of the year. Seriously, it's incredible.”   Continued

PBS gives US The Interrupters for Valentine's Day

The Interrupters will have its US television premiere on PBS FRONTLINE at 9pm on February 14th 2012. The US DVD and digital versions of the film will be made available following the broadcast.   PBS announced the air date as it unveiled its broadcast schedule for Black History Month 2012. We're hoping you will all help spread the love by watching and telling us what you think!   Continued

5 Girls airs on WTTW

Maria Finitzo's 5 Girls, an award-winning documentary that closely follows five teenagers in Chicago as they navigate adolescence, will air on WTTW Wednesday night at 10pm. The film originally aired on PBS' P.O.V. strand, and was praised for its depth and candor by critics, with the Boston Globe stating it revealed a portrait of teenage female life "we've seen little of in mainstream media." Watch a new video introduction to the 2001 film from director/producer Maria Finitzo below: Continued

Help us beat the challenge!

It’s pretty simple. We could not have made it through this year without your support. From your appetite for our films to your attendance at our 45th Anniversary events, we are so very grateful to have such a wonderful group of devoted partners. 2011 was a landmark year.  We released two films, The Interrupters and A Good Man, to critical and audience praise; both films screened at numerous film festivals such as Sundance and IDFA.  We celebrated our 45-year history with a number of retrospectives, including partnerships with the Milwaukee and Virginia Film Festivals, the University of Chicago’s venerable Doc Films and WTTW. Additionally, we hosted a variety of events in the Chicago area culminating in our 45th Anniversary Gala at the Metro in September. Continued

Vote for The Interrupters!

We are delighted and honored to see The Interrupters cited by a number of top film critics as one of the best films of 2011. But now we need you to let your voice be heard and help us out by voting for the film as the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors Audience Choice Award for Nonfiction Film. Please vote here and help us win this award so more people hear about the film!  The Interrupters was named the Best Documentary of the Year by Michael Dunaway in Paste Magazine. Continued

KTQ Labs graduates to premiere at Siskel Center

Two new documentary films that were incubated in Kartemquin's KTQ Labs: Feedback Screenings program will screen in Chicago this January at the Gene Siskel Film Center.   Also world premiering at Siskel Center are two films directed by Kartemquin Associate Maria Finitzo, with a crew made-up of many Kartemquin filmmakers and former interns: Life Lessons, a fictional short film, and My Mother's Idea, a making-of documentary about Life Lessons that also doubles as a "a fond history of Chicago’s legendary Stone Camryn School of Ballet."   We supported these films as part of our commitment to nurturing independent filmmakers and hope you will check out these documentary premieres.   Continued

A Great Year for The Interrupters

An amazing year for The Interrupters ends with the film receiving multiple placings on lists of the Best Films and/or Best Documentaries of 2011. The film has been such a critical success that P.O.V. declared it "The Best Documentary of 2011"; Steve James was named "Film Person of the Year" by Paste Magazine, and interrupter Ameena Matthews was chosen as "Chicagoan of the Year in Film" by The Chicago Tribune!   Continued