Best of the Midwest Awards Recognize Kartemquin Projects

The Midwest brings good news to Kartemquin this week. The Midwest Independent Film Festival announced the Best of the Midwest Awards (BMAs) nominees from around the region that have screened at the festival's monthly first Tuesday events.

Almost There leads the BMAs in overall nominations, being represented in 4 categories: Best Editing for Aaron Wickenden; Best Artistic Specialization for Ross Thomas, Jenna Caravello and Peter Anton's work on the film's Visual Effects; Best Director for Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky, and the main prize of Best Feature.

Director Joanna Rudnick's On Beauty will compete in 2 categories: Best Editing for Liz Kaar and Best Short Film. Congratulations to both Kartemquin teams!

Winners will be announced at this year’s BMA Gala, taking place at the award-winning Rockit Bar & Grill on December 1 at 7 PM. The winners will be chosen through online balloting from the general public and the festival’s Award Jury. We would love to have your vote for both films; cast your vote here. Voting closes on Monday, November 23.

Check out On Beauty at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Minneapolis on November 21. That same day, Almost There will screen at Hell’s Half Mile Film Series. The film was hailed by Alan J. LaFave, HHM’s director & founder, as “fascinating on many levels." Co-director Dan Rybicky will be in attendance.

In Chicago, Almost There will have a one week theatrical run starting on December 11 at the Gene Siskel Film Center via distributor Factory 25. Tickets are on sale now: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/almostthere. Co-directors Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky will be in attendance for each screening. The film will also be released in NYC on Dec 4 and in LA on Dec 11, and on demand this December via Fandor and other digital platforms.