News for December 2015

Kartemquin Films announces 50th Anniversary plans and new funding for 2016

MacArthur Foundation and Sage Foundation to each provide $500,000 in support over next two years Special events to be held in partnership with the City of Chicago Chaz Ebert is Honorary Chair of “Milestones” Gala on June 24, 2016 Chicago, IL (December 4, 2015) -- Kartemquin Films today unveiled a calendar of events and activities that will occur throughout 2016 to mark the organization’s 50th anniversary. Continued

Hard Earned wins 2016 duPont-Columbia Award

Hard Earned has won a 2016 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, one of the highest honors in broadcast journalism. The filmmaking team will collect their 2016 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award at the ceremony on January 17 in New York City. The film is one of 16 documentaries and news reports across several platforms honored with Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award Silver Batons this year. The awards are seen as the broadcast journalism equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards praised Hard Earned by stating: "The immersive verité filmmaking of this six-part series invested viewers in the lives of the struggling working class by creating compelling human portraits. Continued

Saving Mes Aynak ends 2015 with Al Jazeera broadcast, distribution deal, and outreach funding

As 2015 draws to a close, the team behind Saving Mes Aynak is celebrating a successful year of reaching audiences all over the world, raising global awareness about the contentious fate of the Mes Aynak historic site. 2016 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for our film and its awareness and outreach campaign, as we can now announce fresh funding and distribution partners. Saving Mes Aynak will end the year with an encore holiday re-broadcast on Al Jazeera America at 7PM EST on Thursday, December 24, 2015 (Christmas Eve) and Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7PM EST. Continued

Almost There ends year on top

For Almost There, 2015 comes to an end with the film hailed by critics as one of the year's best documentaries, after an award-winning worldwide festival run and US theatrical and VOD release. The story of Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky's ethically complex seven-year relationship with reclusive elderly "outsider" artist Peter Anton is now available to watch on Fandor and Vimeo, and will soon be available on more VOD platforms thanks to distributor Factory 25. Continued