News for December 2012

Stock up on Docs!

Take part in the annual Kartemquin holiday sale! We're offering 25% of everything in our store. Just use coupon code: KTQHOLIDAY12 when you check out. We're also giving back - from now until the end of the year, Kartemquin Films will donate half of all of its sales made on Typeface DVDs and merchandise to Hamilton Wood Type Museum eviction relief fund. Last month, the museum was told it would be forced to leave it's current home in Two Rivers by the end of the year. In order to make the move, the museum must first find and purchase a new space and then pack up it's enormous collection of priceless, historic wood type - the world's largest. The museum is attempting to raise $250,000 to purchase and move to a new location. Continued

Video: The Interrupters in Oakland Schools

On May 23rd and May 24 2012, hundreds of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) high school students throughout the Bay Area saw the award-winning Kartemquin documentary, The Interrupters, and learned directly from one of the film’s subjects, Cobe Williams, as well as local experts currently engaged in using a ‘violence interruption’ model to stop violence before it happens in Oakland. Collaborating officials at the Oakland Unified School District cited the city’s rise in violence for wanting to collaborate on the screening, “With over 100 recorded homicides in Oakland [as of December 1st] the film’s message of ‘interrupting the cycle of violence to reduce killings’ is as grimly relevant here as it is in the Chicago streets in which it was filmed.” Continued

Dominican University Honors Steve James & Alex Kotlowitz for The Interrupters

Dominican University will be presenting both Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz with honorary degrees in January, in recognition for their achievement in creating The Interrupters. Steve James will deliver the commencement address to students when the pair accept their degrees on Sunday, January 12 at the University's main campus in river Forest, Illinois. More details here. The award is the second honorary degree Steve James has received this year, following recognition in May 2012 from Columbia College Chicago. Dominican University has embraced The Interrupters, hosting screenings and even posting an excellent guide for "Teaching The Interrupters" on their website. Continued

Opening up about Unbroken Glass

In a new interview with Medill Reports Chicago, Kartemquin filmmaker Dinesh Sabu reveals the story behind his in-progress documentary Unbroken Glass, how the personal film will tackle issues of family, grief and the stigma against mental illness. Watch the video interview here. Unbroken Glass is currently in the early stages of editing, with further shoots also planned. The filmmakers still need funding support to complete the project in the next year: http://www.unbrokenglassfilm.com/donate. Continued

100 Migrations extends A Good Man's exploration of Art & Lincoln

In 2008, Kartemquin filmmakers spent several days documenting the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's residency at the University of Virginia. The dance company invited students, faculty, and community members to help develop and perform a piece titled 100 Migrations, part of Jones' exploration and creation of the Lincoln-inspired dance-theater piece Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray, chronicled in our film A Good Man (aired on PBS American Masters in 2011). 100 Migrations represented the first of several Bill T. Jones residencies at the university, a model for the type of persisting relationship UVA strives to continue in fostering the arts in a research university. Continued

A personal note from Justine Nagan

A few days ago I sent out a personal note to a small group of my family and friends asking them to include Kartemquin in their end of year giving. Then yesterday I turned my attention to our formal appeal. One of my trusted colleagues came into my office and suggested pitching the formal appeal and instead sending out my personal note more widely. He felt it was truthful, and from the heart and that it really conveyed the passion behind what we do. I hope it resonates with you too... Hi all, Continued

Help support Mormon Movie - by watching Andrew Bird: Fever Year

Xan Aranda, the director of Mormon Movie is offering fans an innovative way to support the production of her in-progress film - just by watching her first documentary, the acclaimed Andrew Bird: Fever Year. Premiering at the 2011 New York Film Festival (and being a KTQ Labs graduate before that), Fever Year has since played over at over 70 festivals worldwide (and counting), winning five awards and critical praise. But, due to the wishes of its mercurial, enigmatic musician star, the film will never be made available in theaters, or on DVD or digital VOD. However, over on the Fever Year blog, Xan is offering fans the opportunity host a private home screening of Andrew Bird: Fever Year for a handful of friends, just by making a $75 tax-deductible donation toward production of Mormon Movie. Continued

Pierce Family Foundation supports The Homestretch

We are delighted to learn that the Pierce Family Foundation has pledged a year-end gift of $5,000 to apply towards the costs of The Homestretch. We are honored and very thankful for their support of this important documentary. To be homeless and in high school is a challenge that no young person should have to face. Yet each year, over 1.6 million young people find themselves homeless, many without parental support. In Chicago, there are almost 17,000 homeless students registered in the public school system. The majority of them are adolescents fighting to make it through the final years of high school. The Homestretch is their story. A co-production of Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions, The Homestretch is currently in production and due for release in 2014. Continued

The Interrupters wins duPont Award to cap year of success

The Interrupters has won a 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, one of the highest honors available to broadcast journalism. Steve James & Alex Kotlowitz's film, which aired on PBS through WGBH's FRONTLINE in February 2012, was praised by the awards committee for providing "new understanding of a stubborn societal problem through strong characters and excellent reporting, shooting and editing." The film is one of 14 documentaries and news reports honored with Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award Silver Batons this year for "the strength of their reporting, storytelling and impact in the public interest." The awards are seen as the broadcast journalism equivalent of the Pultizer Prize. Continued