News for September 2017

In memory of Murray Lerner

Murray Lerner, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, passed away on Sep. 2 at his home in Long Island City at the age of 90. Lerner was twice-nominated for an Academy Award: first for his 1967 film Festival!, which documented the Newport Folk Festivals 1963-66, including the iconic performance of Bob Dylan going electric at Newport in 1965. Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn met Lerner after moving to New York to work on Festival! "He was a passionate filmmaker who loved the unlikely juxtapositions you see in his films. At the time Festival! was the biggest film I had ever worked on and Murray had the vision and tenacity to see this multi-year project through. The summer spent on Martha's Vineyard editing with Murray and Howard Alk was one of the formative experiences of my career," said Quinn. Continued

Sabaah Folayan (WHOSE STREETS?) to headline 2017 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) graduation

Kartemquin Films and The Community Film Workshop of Chicago will present the latest graduates of their acclaimed Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program on October 2, 6pm at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago. Sabaah Folayan, the co-director of acclaimed 2017 documentary Whose Streets?, currently distributed in theaters by Magnolia Pictures, will deliver the keynote speech at the event, where each of the graduates will present a preview of their latest documentary project. The graduation is free to attend. RSVP here. Continued

Justin Lin to direct feature adaptation of ABACUS; ABACUS broadcasts nationwide on PBS FRONTLINE tomorrow!

Deadline announced today that director Justin Lin will direct a feature film based on Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James. Lin and his Perfect Storm Entertainment production company have optioned the remake rights to the documentary and the life story rights of the Sung Family. Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) will write the screenplay. Abacus producer Mark Mitten will be a producer on the feature, with the Abacus' director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself) serving as an executive producer. Continued

Edith+Eddie wins Best Documentary Short at Nevada City Film Festival

Edith+Eddie by Laura Checkoway has been awarded Best Documentary Short by the fest, with an additional screening of the film slated for Friday, September 15 at 9PM PDT. The film has enjoyed an award-studded festival run since its world premiere in March, 2017 at the True/False Film Fest, earning Best Short at the Montclair Film Festival, Jury Honorable Mention at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Flickers' Youth Film Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Jury Award for Best Documentary. Continued

Edith+Eddie announced semi-finalist for Cinema Eye Honors' "Shorts List"

Edith+Eddie by director Laura Checkoway was named a semi-finalist for the 11th Annual Cinema Eye Honors' 2018 "Shorts List," which celebrates outstanding achievement in nonfiction short filmmaking. Edith+Eddie, as well as the other ten films on the "Shorts List"––consisting of the most acclaimed short documentaries of the year––will screen at the 2017 Camden International Film Festival. Edith+Eddie will screen on Sunday, September 17 at 10AM. The announcement comes on the heels of the film winning the Nevada City Film Festival's Best Documentary Short Award, winning the film an encore screening at the Nevada City Film Festival on Friday, September 15 9PM. Continued

Kartemquin Films welcomes four new board members

Kartemquin Films is pleased to announce the addition of four esteemed new members to the organization’s board, including Caty Borum Chattoo, Fenell Doremus, Neal Robin and Stephen Whisnant. The four additions join the board ahead of the Chicago documentary production not-for-profit’s September board meeting. Kartemquin’s board is now comprised of 15 members, led by Chair Jason Stephens and Vice-Chair Susan Morrison. Continued