#KTQ50: Watch What the Fuck Are These Red Squares? and Anonymous Artists of America 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 5th, the free KTQ50 films are What The Fuck Are These Red Squares? and Anonymous Artists of America.

In What The Fuck Are These Red Squares?, striking students meet at a "Revolutionary Seminar" at the Art Institute of Chicago in response to the invasion of Cambodia and the killing of protesting students at Kent and Jackson State Universities. They explore their role as artists in a capitalist society and issue questions like: What are the implications of the artist's elitist position in America? Is it possible not to be co-opted, as "radical" as one's art may be? What are the connections between money and art in America? Between the "New York Scene" and the rest of the country?

“A fascinating time capsule of radical rhetoric”
- Fred Camper, Chicago Reader

Also included in this package is Anonymous Artists of America (1970) - a near continuous single-take record of a 9 minute jam at the University of Chicago quad shot by Gordon Quinn circa 1969. The story of the AAA the band itself is fantastic. Their endeavor to be a band was jump-started by several gifts: the first was a full set of instruments financed by one of the artists, Lars Kampman, which was followed by Owsley Stanley’s gift of 100,000 micrograms of (then legal) LSD. They were also given the second music synthesizer in the US by Don Buchla, its inventor, which took a year to build out at the highly influential Tape Music Center in San Francisco. The AAA frequently opened for the Grateful Dead and headlined at Ken Kesey’s notorious Acid Test Graduation. Their performances went on for hours and involved costumes and a topless bassist, handmade instruments and spontaneous improvisations that mixed with strobe lights and film projections, turning the show into a multi-sensory immersive experience. Look out for Kartemquin co-founder Jerry Temaner in the crowd, along with a wandering star child…

Extras included in this package:
- Trailer: Volume 2 Trailer from the Kartemquin Collective: The Early Years. Check out these 3 classic cinema verite time capsules of student life, art and protest in Anonymous Artists of America, Hum 255, and What the Fuck Are These Red Squares?
- Photos from the making of Anonymous Artists of America.

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.