#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.

The The Last Pullman Car originally aired on PBS, won First Prize at the Athens International Film Festival, an Honorable Mention at the 1984 American Film Festival, and screened at Chicago International Film Festival, Rotterdam and Big Muddy film festivals. Upon its release, Larry Kart of the Chicago Tribune wrote that "by the time the film is over it's impossible to distance oneself from the plight of these workers who are being shunted aside by their company, by their legislators, and by society as a whole."

Extras included in this package:
PHOTOS of behind the scenes production stills and historical photographs of Pullman Train Cars.
STUDY GUIDE from the original release of The Last Pullman Car written by KTQ Collective-era member, Jenny Rohrer.

Available for Purchase on DVD:
The Last Pullman Car is available on DVD here. Extras available on the DVD include a Pullman Factory Today: Screening and Q&A with film subjects, Wisconsin Protests Governor's Union Busting video, and an interview with the filmmakers.

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.

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.