#KTQ50: Watch Mapping Stell Cell Research: Terra Incognita for free all week

From today until next Friday, July 15th, the free KTQ50 film is Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita (2007). "This excellent Kartemquin Films documentary is a multifaceted unpacking and demythification of a loaded subject." — Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita is a Peabody Award-winning documentary that puts a human face on the crucial debate over stem cell research. Continued

Almost There to air on PBS in July

Throughout July and beyond, PBS stations around the country will be broadcasting the national television premiere of Almost There, Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's award-winning exploration of art, ethics, and aging. The PBS broadcasts begin this Saturday July 2 at 7pm PT on PBS SoCal in Los Angeles, followed by WHUT in Washington, D.C. at 9pm ET on Monday July 4, New Mexico's KENW at 9pm MT on Tuesday, July 5, and a special broadcast of the feature-length version of the film on Chicago's WTTW at 9pm CT on Thursday, July 7. Continued

Kartemquin Films marks 50th Anniversary by announcing Fall Festival, New Fund for Filmmaker Support at #KTQ50 Birthday Party Event in Chicago

Retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles to Highlight Five Decades of Documentaries Nearly 1,000 Party Attendees Include CEO of PBS, Stars of Films and Directors from the Past 50 Years of Kartemquin, Elected Officials Not-for-profit documentary production collective Kartemquin Films, the Chicago-based producers of The Interrupters, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, marks the occasion of its 50th Birthday Party tonight to announce major retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles this summer, a new fund to support filmmakers, and a showcase for emerging midwest independent documentary makers this fall. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch The New Americans for free for two weeks

From today until next Friday, July 8th, the free KTQ50 series is The New Americans (2003). You saw that date right: We are streaming TWO free weeks of one of Kartemquin's proudest achievements, the 7-part series, The New Americans. Since we know you will be busy celebrating #KTQ50 with us this evening, and the 4th of July holiday is upon us in which we would like to honor the immigration experience, we thought you might need some extra viewing time. "The New Americans is a cinematic masterpiece...It is a sensitive, compelling, irresistible collection of stories." — Andrew Greeley, Chicago Sun Times Continued

WTTW Celebrates Kartemquin's 50th Birthday with broadcast of Hoop Dreams

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast Hoop Dreams at 8pm on Thursday, June 23rd as part of a year-long series honoring our 50th anniversary. This special broadcast of our most celebrated film - the first time it has aired on WTTW since its original 1995 PBS national broadcast - precedes our #KTQ50 Birthday Party at the Harris Theater on Friday, June 24, at which the film's stars William Gates, Arthur Agee and Sheila Agee will be among the special guests, along with Hoop Dreams director Steve James and several hundred more Kartemquin filmmakers, subjects, alumni, and fans. Continued

"Riveting" Raising Bertie heads to AFI DOCS Impact Lab

Ahead of its Washington, D.C., premiere at AFI DOCS this weekend, Raising Bertie has been selected to participate in the 2nd annual AFI DOCS Impact Lab, "a two-day intensive designed for filmmakers with issue-driven films who aim to create broader social and political change through the power of story and film." Raising Bertie is a tender portrait of three African American boys coming of age in the rural community of Bertie County, North Carolina. Filmed over the course of six years, Margaret Byrne’s documentary was praised this week as "the Boyhood of this year's AFI DOCS, but with more of an urgent social subtext" by Dean Essner of Washington City Paper. Continued