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

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

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

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

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

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

DePaul University hosts two days of "Verité" events: Unbroken Glass panels; Master Classes with Leslie Simmer and Gordon Quinn

Documentary filmmakers will gather at the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University for “Verité,” two days of events that offer an in-depth look at the filmmaking process. The events will feature three filmmakers from Kartemquin: Dinesh Sabu, director of Unbroken Glass; Gordon Quinn, co-founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin and Emmy Award-winning editor Leslie Simmer. Events will be held Oct. 28-29 in DePaul’s Daley Building, 247 S. State St. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. EVENT SCHEDULE: Unbroken Glass Screening, Oct. 28 5PM: Continued

Director Brandon Kramer discusses City of Trees ahead of its Chicago Premiere at the KTQ Fall Festival Nov. 3

The filmmakers behind City of Trees worked with 275 hours of footage, comprised of the individual stories of 12 subjects involved in a "green" job-training program in the communities hardest hit by the recession, before completing the final 76 minute film. A portion of their creative process took place at our Kartemquin Lab program, during which members of the Kartemquin community gather to discuss and critique the work-in-progress of an independent filmmaker. Continued

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