#KTQ50: Watch Where's I.W. Abel? 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, April 1st, the free KTQ50 film is Where's I.W. Abel (1975).

Made by Kartemquin at the request of rank and file steelworkers, the film documents the opposition of the rank-and-file to the no-strike agreement between United Steel Workers of America (USWA) President I.W. Abel and the ten major steel companies, which was made without a vote by the membership of the union. Featuring Staughton Lynd.

Where's I.W. Abel was made by the Kartemquin Collective as a response to Where's Joe? a film the steel company made with the union, to scare the workers into giving up the right to strike. They were trying to make them sign a contract, taking away that right. 'Joe' was supposedly the American worker who is being replaced by various workers with foreign sounding names from other countries. Where's I.W. Abel? blends footage from that film with the steel workers' direct criticism of it and the logic of their management.

The film was shot on 1/2 in. reel-to-reel video. Please be forgiving of this 41 year old film and the tracking lines present throughout the movie; it also has somewhat of an abrupt ending, all part of its charm!

Our partnership with Media Burn has allowed us to preserve our underseen archival works and also made them available to the public for free. In 2013, Media Burn applied for, and received, two grants from the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) to transfer 21 half-inch reels from Kartemquin’s collection. All 21 videos - including raw footage of Where's I. W. Abel? are online and can be viewed here.

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.

Golub Screening:
In conjunction with Kartemquin Films’ 50th anniversary celebration and with the special exhibition Monster Roster at the Smart Museum of Art, join documentary filmmaker and Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn and UChicago professor Judy Hoffman for a special double screening and discussion about artists Leon Golub and Nancy Spero. Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes and Woman as Protagonist: The Art of Nancy Spero will screen as a double feature.

Free. Seating is limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.
Find more information here.

Presented in collaboration with Kartemquin Films and the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago.

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.