#KTQ50: Watch HSA Strike '75 for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com.

From today until next Friday, March 25th, the free KTQ50 film is HSA Strike '75 (1975).

HSA Strike '75 records a union of interns and residents at Chicago's only public hospital who are forced to strike for better patient care. This film documents their eighteen-day strike, the largest and longest doctors' strike in US history.

The film features the recently deceased Dr. Quentin Young, who was Chairman of Cook County Hospital during this era, when the hospital mostly served poor and uninsured patients. While Young had advised against the strike, he did not impose any disciplinary action against his staff, and was fired. He filed a lawsuit arguing that his termination was illegal because he was not informed of why he was fired, and was reinstated a month later. Learn more about the noted Hyde Park physician and pioneering activist.

HSA Strike '75 director, Judy Hoffman, has worked in film and video for over 40 years. She was active in the Alternative Television Movement of the early 1970's, experimenting in the use of small format video equipment, and was the first female Camera Assistant in Chicago. During the 1973 International Visual Anthropology Conference, she assisted French ethnographer and filmmaker Jean Rouch. She researched a film project for him, and became deeply influenced by cinéma vérité and the idea of shared anthropology. Hoffman joined the Kartemquin Collective in the early 1970s and continued to play a major role in the organization for many years, working on many of their film productions, including as the Associate Producer on Golub, which debuted at the 1988 New York Film Festival. She is still an active member of Kartemquin, and is a respected professor at at the University of Chicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies and Department of Visual Arts.

Extra Archival Footage
A few years back, director Judy Hoffman gave Chicago's independent video archive, Media Burn, four tapes of raw footage from HSA Strike '75 for digitization. They are available on Media Burn through this link .

Available for Purchase
Now available for purchase The Kartemquin Collection Volume 4: The Collective Years featuring Now We Live on Clifton; Winnie Wright, Age 11; Viva La Causa; and Trick Bag. All four films are released on DVD for the first time, in digitization of original 16mm prints newly restored through a grant from the National Film Preservation Fund. Get more information and order your copy here.

HSA Strike '75 is available on DVD through Labor Stories.

Time Out
Earlier this year, Time Out Chicago visited the Kartemquin studio to learn what has kept us thriving over this past half century. "Steadfast values—keeping alive the commitment to make great Chicago films that confront difficult issues. 'They wanted to make films about real people, ordinary people going through struggles that illuminated wider social issues,” Director of Communications, Tim Horsburgh says, “That’s still what we do.” Full interview here.

Highlights of our 50th Anniversary include:

  • Our 50th Anniversary Milestones Live Event on June 24, 2016 at the Harris Theater, preceded by a Gala Dinner Reception at an exquisite private home overlooking Lake Michigan. Honorary Chair Chaz Ebert and #KTQ50Gala Committee Chair Adrianne Furniss invite you to join us in celebrating many of our filmmakers, subjects, and partners from across five decades. Funds raised will support our future efforts to create documentary films and nurture documentary filmmakers that play a vital role in the process of democracy. BUY TICKETS AND GET MORE INFORMATION. Contact Mo Johnson Mo@kartemquin.com, 773-472-4366 for sponsorship details. For media inquiries, contact Tim Horsburgh, Tim@kartemquin.com.
  • Kartemquin at 50: Democracy through Documentary, an artifacts & ephemera exhibition at EXPO 72, Chicago, IL, featuring a curated selection of KTQ’s historical photographs, artwork, and video and film mechanics. The exhibit will open May 20, 2016 and run 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 new screenings in Chicago and across the nation, including at the UCLA Film & TV Archive in Los Angeles for fall 2016. Contact Tim@kartemquin.com to arrange a screening.
  • Various workshops, panels, and master classes throughout the year hosted by Kartemquin filmmakers and associates.

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.