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

In the Game selected for American Film Showcase

In the Game is an official selection of the 2016-17 American Film Showcase. The AFS is a major touring film program bringing American documentaries, feature films and animated shorts to audiences worldwide. AFS is a partnership between the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC's School of Cinematic Arts. In the Game is an ideal selection for the Showcase as it fits into all three of the thematic modules – Women and Girls Empowerment, Youth Empowerment, Diversity and Civil Society. U.S. Embassies will now use Maria Finitzo's film for cultural programming around the world, potentially sending her on 7-10 day international tours to conduct special screenings, presentations, and participate in local festivals. KTQ's Gordon Quinn has also been selected as a special advisor for the 2016-17 AFS. Continued

Gordon Quinn to give University of Chicago's 2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture

Gordon Quinn, founder and artistic director of Kartemquin Films, will return to his Alma Mater, the University of Chicago, to give the 2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture on June 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM, during the 2016 UChicago Alumni Weekend. Quinn will be interviewed on stage by Jacqueline Stewart, Professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the interim director (2015-16) of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. They will be discussing how preserving images of the past is critical to contemporary social justice movements, with reference to our upcoming film '63 Boycott, and other works in the Kartemquin filmography. Continued

DVID alum Derek Grace's COLLEGE WEEK to Premiere on AMERICA REFRAMED

Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) graduate Derek Grace's celebrated documentary College Week will premiere next Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET / 7pm CT as part of the fourth season of America Reframed. College Week is an insider’s perspective, rarely represented in mainstream media, about a tenacious group of teachers at Spencer Elementary Technology Academy. The school, located in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, is committed to providing its students with access to technology, while setting high standards of excellence. Largely known for its high rates of homicide, crime, poverty and violence, Austin is one of the city’s largest communities. Continued

New Mondo Hoop Dreams poster on sale: film airs on TCM tonight

Turner Classic Movies presents a special broadcast of Hoop Dreams tonight at 10pm ET. Get more details. The presentation is part of a month-long TCM celebration of Peabody Awards winners. Hoop Dreams collected a Peabody in 1995 following its original PBS broadcast. If you're unable to get TCM in your location, don't worry: we're streaming the film for free for anyone around the world via as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. Watch now, wherever you are in the world. On the eve of the TCM broadcast, we're also delighted that Mondo and artist Oliver Barrett have created a new poster for Hoop Dreams, which is pictured above and they are now selling on their website. Continued