News for November 2016

Saving Mes Aynak earns 23rd award since 2014 release; DVD available Nov. 8

Saving Mes Aynak by director Brent Huffman won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at ICRONOS, the International Archaeology Film Festival of Bordeaux, France this past Sunday. This marks the 23rd award the film has earned since its release in 2014. In October the film won the Grand Prix from AGON, the 10th International Meeting of Archaeological Film. In awarding Saving Mes Aynak with the Grand Prix, AGON lauded the film for demonstrating: "This archaeology is not just about distant civilizations lost in time, Mes Aynak is about how archaeology, politics, economics, imperialism, terrorism and cultural identity are in conflict right here and now." Continued

Unbroken Glass earns Special Mention at AAAFF; Dinesh Sabu in conversation this Saturday

Unbroken Glass by Dinesh Sabu earned the Special Mention - Documentary Feature Jury Award at the 2016 Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) this past weekend. Below is a statement from the AAAFF jury: "Special mention for Documentary Feature is Unbroken Glass by Dinesh Das Sabu for its great courage and grace documenting a very difficult family history while demonstrating resilience of an Asian American family.” Anand Modi, director of Programming for the AAAFF lauded the film in the Austin Chronicle for being "a very frank discussion about suicide and mental illness among Indian-Americans, for whom that subject matter is kind of taboo." Continued

First Kartemquin Fall Festival exhibits and celebrates Chicago's diverse documentary community

Kartemquin's very first Fall Festival, in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas Chicago, spanned three days and exhibited 26 films, 62% of which were directed by filmmakers of color and 50% by women. We were thrilled to be joined by so many members of the diverse Chicago documentary community, and to share in the viewing of groundbreaking work and lively post-screening discussions. Continued

Raising Bertie has first Chicago Theatrical Run Nov 18-23 at Gene Siskel Film Center

Raising Bertie, the latest award-winning documentary from Kartemquin comes to the Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from November 18-23 for its first theatrical run. An intimate, six-year portrait of three boys growing into adulthood in rural North Carolina, Raising Bertie is the debut feature of Margaret Byrne. A winner of three festival awards, the film showcases people usually invisible in the media: African-American boys grappling with the precarious school-to-work transition in an impoverished and isolated rural community. Continued

DePaul celebrates #KTQ50 with FREE screening of Now We Live On Clifton; Peter Kuttner in conversation

DePaul University Special Collections and Archives and the Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative will host a FREE screening of Now We Live On Clifton at the DePaul University Student Center at 7PM on Thursday, November 17. Peter Kuttner, one of the filmmakers, will participate in a post-screening conversation with Roxy Ruth, one of the film's subjects. The discussion will be facilitated by Miles Harvey, Associate Professor of English at DePaul University. Continued

Announcing Stranded by the State: a new video series chronicling the human impact of Illinois' ongoing budget crisis

Today, In These Times magazine and Kartemquin Films announced a new multi-part video series, Stranded by the State, that chronicles the long-term toll of the ongoing budget crisis in Illinois on state residents. Directed, edited and produced by Kartemquin associate Liz Kaar, watch the trailer here: The first full episode will be released on Monday, November 21. "Crisis creates opportunity," Governor Bruce Rauner told the Chicago Tribune editorial board in April 2015. "Crisis creates leverage to change—and we've got to use that leverage of the crisis to force structural change." Continued

Stranded by the State - Episode 1 / Public Higher Education premieres today

Announcing the first episode of Stranded by the State, a new web series in collaboration between In These Times and Kartemquin Films. Directed, edited and produced by Kartemquin associate Liz Kaar, the series explores the human impact of Illinois' budget crisis. Episode 1: Public Higher Education Episode 1 of the series examines the effects of the budget crisis on Illinois public higher education institutions, specifically Eastern Illinois University. We meet Catie Witt, EIU student body president and #FundEIU organizer, as well as a first-generation college student anxious about the possibility of a tuition increase at EIU. Local businesses also express worries about a decline or total loss of the student population in Charleston, Illinois. Watch it now: Continued

Applications now open for 2017 Diverse Voices in Docs Program

Kartemquin Films and The Community Film Workshop of Chicago have opened applications for the 2017 edition of Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID). 12 producers will be selected from those who apply before the December 19 deadline. 2017 will be the fifth year of this successful program, which has now helped over 50 mid-career documentary filmmakers of color advance their projects through mentorship and skill-sharing since launching in 2013. Continued

In the Game and director Maria Finitzo head to Tajikistan, India and Morocco with the American Film Showcase

In the Game has been chosen by the U.S. State Department to be one of the 10 films to participate in the American Film Showcase (AFS), the United States' premier film diplomacy program. AFS organizes screenings and workshops with American filmmakers in more than 40 countries, in partnership with the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC's School of Cinematic Arts. The film and the film's director, Peabody Award-winner Maria Finitzo, are slated to travel to Tajikistan, India and Morocco in the next six months with the American Film Showcase. The screenings will center around empowering women and girls through sport, as well as encouraging mentorship for girls. Tajikistan Continued

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