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

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is back in theaters and online this week

To honor and reflect upon the recent passing of the legendary Muhammad Ali over the weekend, Kino Lorber is bringing our award-winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali documentary back to theaters. From Friday, June 10 – Tuesday, June 16, theaters in New York (Film Forum), Oakland (New Parkway), New Haven (Bow Tie), and Ali's home town of Louisville, Kentucky (Village 8), will be showing the film that The Nation critic David Zirin called “The best Muhammad Ali doc I’ve ever seen and – dare I say – I’ve seen ‘em all.” Director Bill Siegel will be attending Muhammad Ali's funeral tomorrow at the Muhammad Ali Center, and select screenings at the Village 8 in Louisville. Information about the various showings can be found on the following website and on theaters' pages. More theaters will be added soon. Continued

Remembering Muhammad Ali

Like the rest of the world, we at Kartemquin were deeply saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on a man who meant so much to so many different people. It is easy to try to whittle down a career and life when it comes to these tributes. It would be easy to sum up a man as simply “the greatest,” one of the most significant and celebrated boxers and sporting figures in history. He will always be remembered in photos towering over Sonny Liston, as the gold medal winner, as the three-time heavyweight champion. His legacy and power will remain at the forefront of the conversation. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch 5 Girls for free all week

From today until next Friday, June 10th, the free KTQ50 film is 5 Girls (2001). "I think it's something that we all have to do. At some point you have to figure out who you are and what price you're going to pay to become who you are." — Maria Finitzo, Producer/Director For two years, Kartemquin filmmaker Maria Finitzo followed five strong young women between the ages of 13 and 17. Unlike the mainstream media who portray young women as passive, powerless or mean, 5 Girls explores the ways these girls navigate adolescence. It focus on the positive ways that girls learn to adapt to challenges in their lives by understanding and exercising choices, by resisting powerful cultural messages and by believing in their strength when others do not. Continued

Saving Mes Aynak gets another Al Jazeera English broadcast

Al Jazeera English will re-broadcast the award-winning Saving Mes Aynak worldwide through their Witness program on June 29th. Witness is an inspiring documentary series that brings world issues into focus through compelling human stories. Saving Mes Aynak is the story of the race against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan threatened by a Chinese state-owned copper mine. For more information, check out director Brent E. Huffman's introduction here. The film will also return to Chicago for a screening at the Art Institute of Chicago. Director Brent E. Huffman will be in attendance for the Q&A at the Price Auditorium. Registration will be open in June on the AIC website. Continued