A KTQ50 Double Feature at Comfort Station

On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 8:00 PM, Comfort Station (2579 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL), will host a FREE double bill screening of The Last Pullman Car and Trick Bag. The screening will take place outside on the Comfort Station’s lawn, weather permitting. The Last Pullman Car (1983) tells the story of how in 1981, Pullman workers found themselves in the midst of a fight not only for their jobs but the future of the American rail car industry. Trick Bag (1974) is a film about gang members, Vietnam vets, and young factory workers from Chicago's neighborhoods telling their personal experience with racism: who gets hurt and who profits. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Milking the Rhino for free all week

From today until Friday, August 5th, the free KTQ50 film is Milking the Rhino (2008). "A common theme in Kartemquin docs is that making a living is a political matter. Simpson skillfully adapts that perspective to rural Africa, where investing in wildlife links the Masai and others to the new globalism." — Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times A ferocious kill on the Serengeti… dire warnings about endangered species… These clichés of nature documentaries ignore a key feature of the landscape: villagers just off-camera, who navigate the dangers and costs of living with wildlife. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch In the Family for free all week

From today until next Friday, July 29th, the free KTQ50 film is In the Family (2008). "I have never seen a film that revealed the human side of the new genetics more compellingly." — Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Human Genome Project At 31, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick faces an impossible decision: remove her breast and ovaries or risk incredible odds of developing cancer. Armed with a genetic test result that leaves her vulnerable and confused, she balances dreams of having her own children with the unnerving reality that she is risking her life by holding on to her fertility. In the Family follows Joanna as she connects with other women trying to navigate the unpredictable world of predictive genetic testing. Intensely personal and timely, this provocative film asks: How much do you sacrifice to survive? Continued

Kartemquin Films Nominated for Three 2016 Emmy Awards

Congratulations are in order to the Kartemquin Films family! Today, the nominees for the 37th annual News & Documentary Emmy® awards were announced, and two Kartemquin Films, Life Itself and The Homestrech, are in contention. Life Itself was nominated twice – for Best Documentary (Director Steve James, Producers Zak Piper and Garrett Basch, Executive Producers Kat White, Mark Mitten, Michael Ferro, Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn, Steve Zallian and Martin Scorsese, aired on CNN Films) and for Outstanding Editing: Documentary And Long Form (Editors Steve James and David E. Simpson). Continued

Doc Films to host Typeface screening and design discussion

Like the poster? Then you will love the film! As part of their Kartemquin Summer Series in honor of our 50th anniversary, the University of Chicago's Doc Films (1212 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637) will screen Typeface (2009) on July 28th at 7pm. This is the first screening in Chicago for several years of director Justine Nagan’s award-winning film about the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and we’re marking it with a special panel discussion about the intersection of modern design and traditional technique. Continued

KTQ50 Gallery Talks are Back!

From July 20th several members of the Kartemquin community will be speaking at the exhibition Kartemquin at 50: Democracy through Documentary. The Exhibition is open daily, is free to all, and will run until August 20th, and is located at Expo 72 ( 72 E. Randolph St.) The exhibition features 50 years of equipment, documents and artifacts. In a recent blog post for PBS' POV documentary strand, Heather McIntosh writes that, "centered around themes of craft, community, and change, the curated items represent the organization’s history and ideologies, not to mention documentary history more generally." Continued

#KTQ50: Watch At the Death House Door for free all week

From today until next Friday, July 22nd, the free KTQ50 film is At the Death House Door (2008). "An impassioned portrait of a quest for truth." — Loren King, Chicago Tribune At the Death House Door follows the remarkable career journey of Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous "Walls" prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. Pickett ministered to 95 men who were executed, including the very first lethal injection done anywhere in the world. After each execution, he recorded a riveting audiotape account of that fateful day. No inmate's execution would haunt Pickett more than that of Carlos De Luna, a young convict whom he firmly believed was innocent. The film tracks the investigation of two reporters who turn up compelling evidence that suggests Pickett was right.  Continued

Are you happy? Kartemquin night at Millennium Park will make you happy!

“Are You Happy?,” is the question asked by two young nuns roving the streets of Chicago in 1968, followed by a camera, in our classic cinema verite documentary Inquiring Nuns. Inquiring Nuns screens for free at the Millennium Park Summer Film Series on July 26, 6:30pm, as the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Millennium Park Foundation celebrate 50 years of Kartemquin Films with Kartemquin Night at Millennium Park. Continued