#KTQ50: Watch Women's Voices: The Gender Gap for free all week

From today until next Friday, May 6th, the free KTQ50 films are Women's Voices: The Gender Gap (1984). This documentary explores the growing difference in the voting patterns of men and women (the gender gap) that could no longer be denied by the mid-1980's. Issues like compensation equality, environmental preservation, subsidized childcare and healthcare became wedge issues in Ronald Reagan's America as more and more women joined the workforce. Still relevant today, director Jenny Rohrer's film 16mm film was preserved by a grant from the women's film preservation fund, and has recently been chosen for special screenings by MOMA and Ashland Film Festival. Continued

Saving Mes Aynak continues winning accolades and raising awareness worldwide

Director Brent Huffman's film Saving Mes Aynak has continued to garner accolades during its extremely successful festival run. The film recently won the Silver Plaque at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards, distinguishing Saving Mes Aynak's achievements in addressing the arts and humanities in documentary filmmaking. The film also won the Special Jury Mention at the Master of Art Film Festival in Bulgaria. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch The Last Pullman Car for free all week

From today until next Friday, April 29th, the free KTQ50 films are The Last Pullman Car (1983). "This film is a battle cry!" — Studs Terkel In 1864, George Pullman began selling his famous railroad sleeping cars which helped him build a vast industrial empire that was supposed to last forever. In 1981, however, Pullman workers found themselves in the midst of a fight not only for their jobs but the future of the American rail car industry. One hundred years of government, union and corporate policies are traced in this engaging story. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Taylor Chain I and 2 for free all week

From today until next Friday, April 22nd, the free KTQ50 films are Taylor Chain I (1980) and Taylor Chain II (1983). "Blumenthal and Quinn preach nothing; they simply show us determined people fighting for better lives." — Chicago Tribune Taylor Chain I: A Story in a Union Local depicts the gritty realities of a seven-week workers' strike at a small Indiana chain manufacturing plant. Volatile union meetings and tension-filled interactions on the picket line provide an insider view of the stresses and conflicts inherent in a democratic union. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch The Chicago Maternity Center Story for free all week

From today until next Friday, April 15th, the free KTQ50 film is The Chicago Maternity Center (1976). The Chicago Maternity Center is one of Kartemquin's most distinctive and celebrated films of the 1970s, receiving much acclaim from some of film's top critics: "Powerful and persuasive!" — Roger Ebert "A time capsule of wo­men’s health activism... the film rips the medical industry as sexist and capitalist." — Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times Continued