MacArthur Foundation Funds Two Kartemquin Projects

The MacArthur Foundation has awarded grants to eighteen new documentaries, including two being made at Kartemquin: In the Game, directed by Maria Finitzo, and The Schools Project, a collaborative project on the Chicago Public School closings, being made in partnership with our fellow Chicago documentary groups Media Process Group, Siskel/Jacobs, Kindling Group, and Free Spirit Media.

In the Game follows the ups and downs of an inner city girls’ soccer team to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education. For three years, filming has been ongoing at Kelly High School on Chicago’s south side. Set in a primarily Hispanic neighborhood, Kelly is an inner city public school struggling to provide the basics for their students, many of whom do not make it to college, either because they cannot compete academically or because their families do not have the financial resources to send them to college. The film is directed by Peabody Award-winner Maria Finitzo (5 Girls, Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita). The funds should allow Maria to get closer to completing the film with editor Liz Kaar.

The Schools Project, as it is currently known, is still in the early stages, with few details being publicly released at present. More information on the unprecedented collaboration between the documentary companies can be found in this article announcing the project. Directors on the project are Bob Hercules, Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel, Melissa Sterne, Danny Alpert, Jeff McCarter, Keith Walker, and for Kartemquin, Gordon Quinn and former KTQ intern Rachel Dickson.

Brent Huffman's Saving Mes Aynak, a graduate of our KTQ Labs program, also received funding. Congratulations, Brent!

This is the second consecutive year in which Kartemquin has been fortunate enough to get 2 projects funded by the MacArthur Foundation, with Cooked and Raising Bertie both receiving support in 2013.

We are delighted for all the projects, and grateful for the continued support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.