#KTQ50: Watch Viva La Causa 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, February 26th, the free KTQ50 film is Viva La Causa (1974).

In the summer of 1967, youth and arts organizations in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago began working together with artists Ray Patlan and Mario Castillo to express the history, culture, and struggles of the people in their community. The murals featured in Viva La Causa were the first two Mexican-American murals in Chicago and part of the new public art movement in the late 1960s.

Made during Kartemquin's Collective era, the film intended to document youth participation in Chicago’s vibrant mural movement. The final product was presented in communities to show them how art could be a source of pride for young and old alike. The film's original 16mm print was restored through a grant from the National Film Preservation Fund in 2012.

Muralist Ray Patlan is the creative pillar behind over 100 murals within the U.S. and around the world. His work has involved directing and/or executing murals across the United States, Mexico, Asia and Europe. Although currently residing in Oakland, California, his earliest work and study finds its roots in the Chicago barrios in the neighborhood of Pilsen explored in Viva La Causa.

On Saturday, March 12th at 2:00 PM, WTTW in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Kartemquin Films presents a free screening and discussion celebrating 50 years of Kartemquin Films.
The screening will be celebrating three short works from the earlier years: Now We Live on Clifton (26 min., 1974), Winnie Wright, Age 11 (26 min., 1974) and Viva La Causa (12 min., 1974). Original Kartemquin Collective members will be present for a panel discussion and Q&A from the audience after the screenings.
Get free tickets here.

Extras included in this package:
- Video: A preview from the Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years Vol. 4 (coming soon!) extras. Compare side-by-side, the original transfer and the restored files of Winnie Wright Age 11, Now We Live On Clifton, Trick Bag, and Viva La Causa.
- Original Poster: Designed by KTQ Collective member, Betsy Martens, for the former "Haymarket Film and Video" screening operation that ran out of 1901 W. Wellington Ave. The screening features back-to-back screenings of Winnie Wright Age 11, Now We Live on Clifton, and Viva La Causa.
- Retro Photo: Gordon Quinn and Collective-era friends group photo in the turret of Kartemquin.

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

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.