Happy 50th New Year! Watch our first film Home for Life for free

Welcome to the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin!

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s work, and the power of documentary to inspire action. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com.

We begin with Kartemquin's first film, Home for Life (1966), an engrossing cinéma vérité depiction of the experiences of two elderly people in their first month at a home for the aged. A young Roger Ebert, reviewing the film at the 1967 Chicago International Film Festival for the Chicago Sun-Times, called it "an extraordinarily moving documentary." We've included Ebert's full review in the package, along with videos and documents that explain how Kartemquin began, got its name, and formed a philosophy of making films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people.

See the full #KTQ50 streaming schedule and more information at www.kartemquin.com/ktq50.

Other highlights of our 50th anniversary year will include:

  • A Milestones gala event on June 24, 2016 at the Harris Theater, preceded by a dinner reception at the Chicago Cultural Center. This evening will reunite and celebrate many of our filmmakers, subjects, and partners from across five decades. The Honorary Chair is Chaz Ebert. Contact Mo@kartemquin.com for tickets and sponsorship details.
  • A 50 years of Kartemquin art exhibit featuring historical photographs, artwork, and video and film mechanics. The exhibit will be open May 20, 2016 through August 20th.
  • Free online streaming of every Kartemquin film in chronological order week by week at http://watch.kartemquin.com, starting with the very first film, Home for Life (1966), on January 1, 2016.
  • Throughout 2016, monthly WTTW PBS broadcasts of our films.
  • Multiple retrospectives and premiere screenings across the nation, including at the UCLA Film & TV Archive in Los Angeles in fall 2016.
  • A series of Chicago screenings and events.
  • Various workshops, panels, and master classes hosted by our filmmakers and associates.

Read more about our plans and how we announced them, and please contact us to get involved.

A complete listing of the year’s events will be regularly updated at www.kartemquin.com/ktq50. Join the conversation on Twitter by using #KTQ50.