Edith+Eddie wins Best Short at 2017 IDA Awards

Edith+Eddie, a film by Laura Checkoway, produced by Thomas Lee Wright, earned the International Documentary Association's (IDA) Best Short Award this past Saturday at the 33rd Annual IDA Documentary Awards in Los Angeles. Dina won the award for Best Feature. "The best feature and best short award winners both represent unlikely love stories, each one tender, tragic and ultimately life-affirming,” IDA executive director Simon Kilmurry said in a statement. “Dina and Edith+Eddie are both distinguished by their unforgettable lead characters and their sensitive elicitation of universal truths." Continued

America to Me to world premiere at Sundance

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival will host the world premiere of America to Me, an epic 10-part series by acclaimed Director Steve James. A year-long immersion into one of Chicago's most progressive and diverse public schools, located in suburban Oak Park, America to Me explores America's charged state of race, culture and education today with unprecedented depth and scope. Sundance will show several episodes of the series as part of their new Indie Episodic section, which was announced today. The festival is in Park City, UT, running January 18-28. Continued

Minding the Gap to world premiere at Sundance

Kartemquin is thrilled to announce that Minding the Gap, the debut feature from director Bing Liu will world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, running January 18-28. The film follows three young men as they bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. Continued

Watch Edith+Eddie now as part of the Meet the Press Film Festival

Edith+Eddie by director Laura Checkoway is now available to stream on NBCNews.com, following its dual screenings at the Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI on November 13. The screenings were followed by Q&A's with both Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of "Meet the Press" and Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent. The film will stream for two weeks beginning November 13th and concluding November 27th. Watch it HERE. The film is nominated for the International Documentary Association's Best Short Award, and members can vote for the film through December 3rd. Vote here. Continued

In memory of Martha Haley

It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of Martha Haley, featured in our 2008 film In the Family. Martha fought triple negative breast cancer three times, and lived to watch all three of her children go onto have children of their own. She devoted herself to educating other African American women about BRCA genetic testing and was a tireless advocate for better treatment options for women of color. When Martha's cancer returned during the course of filming, she worked as a hospital volunteer fitting mastectomy patients for prosthetic breast inserts––despite being let go from her job as a breast clinic worker and losing her own medical coverage. Continued

Abacus earns Best Political Documentary at 2017 Critics' Choice Awards

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James earned the Critics' Choice Award for Best Political Documentary last night at the 2017 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. Producers Julie Goldman and Chris Clements accepted the award on the film's behalf. Members of the Sung family, who were also nominated for Most Compelling Living Subjects, were present at the ceremonies as well. The film garnered three Critics' Choice Award nominations including Best Documentary, Best Political Documentary and Most Compelling Living Subjects. Continued

Edith+Eddie nominated for IDA's Best Short Award

Edith+Eddie by Laura Checkoway is one of six nominees for the International Documentary Association's Best Short Award. This is one of numerous prestigious wins for the short, following its recent selection as a recipient of an AFI DOCS Impact Grant, in addition to earning Outstanding Documentary Short at the Tallgrass Film Festival. The film recently had its Chicago premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival to a sold-out crowd. On November 13 the film will screen as an official selection of the Meet the Press Film Festival in collaboration with the American Film Institute (AFI). Continued

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