Unseen Kartemquin "Industrials and works-for-hire" to screen in Chicago

Southside Projections presents "Kartemquin Members’ Work for Hire," a unique screening opportunity at 7pm on April 24th at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, showing extremely rare and in many cases public premieres of Industrial films and external projects we completed between 1976-1990.

Like many Chicago-based documentary filmmakers, in our early years Kartemquin producers did work-for-hire to raise money for their projects and pay their rent. But it wasn’t just about getting paid: they used this work as an opportunity to hone their craft and learn about different worlds of work, from fast food to organ transplants to automotive plants. This in turn opened Kartemquin filmmakers up to thinking about their own relationship to the film industry. In films like Strange and Beautiful (about quality control at McDonald’s) and Roadmap for Change: The Deming Approach (about a radical experiment at a Pontiac factory), the filmmakers behind such classic documentaries as The Last Pullman Car and Hoop Dreams figured out how to survive and perfect their craft. Most of these films have never screened publicly. (1976-1990, 81 min., 16mm and video projection)

Kartemquin associate Judy Hoffman and artistic director Gordon Quinn will present the films. The screening is the first installment of a four-part program presented by South Side Projections entitled "The Streets and the Classroom: Educational and Industrial Films in an Era of Massive Social Change".

For more info: visit the South Side Projections Event page.