IDA Interview with Gordon Quinn about Career Achievement Award

On December 5th, 2015, the International Documentary Association (IDA) will be presenting Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin founder and artistic director, with the prestigious Career Achievement Award. In a recent interview with IDA’s Peter Kurie, Quinn reflected not only on the past five decades within Kartemquin, but also on the years preceding its founding and the experiences that ignited his passion for documentary, fair use and public media. Although narrative pieces initially drew him to film, Quinn was sold on documentary as a University of Chicago student after he watched Ricky Leacock and Joyce Chopra’s Happy Mother’s Day. Continued

KTQ in the Early Years: Taking On Industrial Filmmaking

A closer look at Kartemquin’s early history reveals an often forgotten period of time when the original filmmaking cohort took on industrial for-hire gigs to help support their own social issue-based documentaries and the growth of a developing organization. Co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn joined University of Chicago Cinema and Media studies professor and long-time Kartemquin member, Judy Hoffman (What's Happening at Local 70,HSA Hospital Strike '75,Chicago Maternity Center Story, Golub) back in April to reminiscence and reflect on the days of making these industrial films for clients such as McDonald’s and Pontiac. Continued

Betsy Steinberg Appointed Executive Director of Kartemquin Films

Kartemquin Films, the award-winning not-for-profit documentary production collective, today named Betsy Steinberg as the organization’s new executive director. Steinberg will begin at Kartemquin - best known for producing Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and the Roger Ebert biopic Life Itself - on December 1, just ahead of its 50th anniversary year in 2016. Steinberg joins Kartemquin having served as the Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office from 2007-2015, guiding the local industry through an era of unprecedented growth. She will oversee all aspects of their filmmaking, programs, and operations, serving as executive producer on all new films. Continued

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! Continued

Prince Charitable Trusts fund Kartemquin

We are excited to announce that The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Prince Charitable Trusts has awarded Kartemquin $90,000 spread across three years towards our general operating costs. This substantial grant means Kartemquin can continue to produce quality documentary films, provide exemplary programs and services to Midwest documentary filmmakers, and lead the field worldwide in being an advocate for the documentary form. We are deeply grateful for their continued support. Please find out more about how you can support our work at Continued

Factory 25 to release Almost There in theaters and on VOD this December

We are delighted to announce that Factory 25 has acquired the rights to Kartemquin's Almost There. The multiple festival award-winning film is the directorial debut by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden (editor of Finding Vivian Maier, Best of Enemies, The Interrupters and The Trials of Muhammad Ali). Factory 25 and Kartemquin are premiering the film theatrically on December 4th in New York City at Cinema Village and on December 11th in Los Angeles at Arena Cinema and in Chicago at The Gene Siskel Film Center followed by screenings across the country through winter. The co-directors and special guests will attend screenings in each city; see below for for full details. Continued

Almost There nominated for Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award

Congratulations are due to Almost There, which has been nominated for the 2016 Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award. The Cinema Eye Honors awards for Nonfiction Filmmaking winners will be announced at the 9th Annual Honors Ceremony on January 13, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. The Spotlight Award aims to "shine a great big light on films that need to have big audiences and filmmakers from whom we can’t wait to see more." Continued

On Beauty wins Best of Show at National Media Market

Attendees of the 2015 National Media Market voted On Beauty "Best of Show" in the K-12 category. The 37th National Media Market - "the premier conference for educational media acquisitions and technology" - gathered together representatives from many K-12, Post Secondary, Public Library and other institutions this October in Albuquerque, NM. Announcing the news, the film's educational distributor Women Make Movies describes the award as an endorsement that "On Beauty is the premiere film to address issues of health, body image, bullying and disabilities." On Beauty is now available to order for educational institutions as a DVD or for public screening. Find out pricing at Women Make Movies. Continued

National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, an opportunity for organizations and individuals around the country to spread the word about youth homelessness. To amplify discussions about the challenges young people experiencing homelessness face, and to enrich dialogue about how we can support them, The Homestretch team is championing 3 initiatives that will help spread the word. 50% Off Consumer DVDs of The Homestretch Continued