Steve James announced as 2018 AFI DOCS Guggenheim Honoree

Kartemquin is thrilled to share that long-time Kartemquin associate Steve James has been announced as the 2018 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. Read the official release from AFI DOCS here. James will be honored on June 14 at 6:30PM at the National Museum of American History's theater, where episode one of the James' upcoming docuseries America to Me will screen. The evening will also include an in-depth conversation with James along with clips from his acclaimed works. Purchase tickets here. Continued

Now We Live on Clifton featured at the Art Institute of Chicago

Kartemquin is excited to share that our 1974 film Now We Live on Clifton is now featured in the Art Institute of Chicago's new exhibition, 'Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950-1980.' The exhibit runs through October 28. Featured on the accompanying audio tour are Now We Live on Clifton filmmakers and original Kartemquin collective members Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder of Kartemquin Films, and Peter Kuttner. Continued

'63 Boycott wins Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Nashville Film Festival

This past weekend '63 Boycott, a film by Rachel Dickson, Tracye A. Matthews and Gordon Quinn, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Nashville Film Festival. The win makes the film eligible for submission to the 2019 Academy Awards. Previously, the film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the 2018 Pan African Film + Arts Festival (the film's LA premiere), and made its New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art's 2018 Documentary Fortnight. The film next screens at the Adrian International Film Festival on Saturday, May 19th, and the African Diaspora Cinema Festival in Florence, Italy, running July 5-8. Continued

NEA awards Kartemquin 2018 Art Works grant

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is a recommended Art Works grant of $45,000 to Kartemquin Films towards our work deepening our focus on cultivating and serving diverse, Midwestern filmmakers who will enrich and enliven our industry. The grant will support the Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellowship, KTQ Labs program, and Kartemquin's continued active filmmaker support for 19 films currently in production or active distribution. (Pictured: Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn provides feedback during a KTQ Lab for the film A Destruction, directed by DVID graduate Urooj Yazdani Continued

Doris Duke Foundation funds Loyalty: Stories

Kartemquin is thrilled to share that Loyalty: Stories is a recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts' Building Bridges 2017-18 Grant. A ten-part series of shorts directed and produced by David Washburn, Loyalty: Stories is a national storytelling project about American Muslim veterans that explores themes of citizenship, identity and faith in the post-9/11 era. The grant will provide $65,000 towards post-production and distribution of the series, which will premiere in time for Veterans Day 2018. Continued

Minding the Gap wins at MSPIFF, RiverRun and SDAFF

Earning its 11th award recognition since the film's world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gap won the Best Feature Documentary Award at both the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and the RiverRun International Film Festival, as well as the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase Audience Award – just in the past week. At the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and his son Riley Hawk joined Bing Liu, Keire Johnson, and Diane Quon for the screening. Continued

In memory of Art Shay

Kartemquin is deeply saddened by the passing of Art Shay, one the country's most renowned photographers who snapped countless celebrities and pivotal moments of the 20th century. Shay graciously shared his photos of the 1963 Chicago Public Schools Boycott with the filmmaking team of our 2017 film '63 Boycott. The filmmakers of '63 Boycott posted the videos to the film's website, where individuals could identify themselves or other participants as members of the protest. "Art was the premiere photographer in Chicago. We had both filmed the 1963 Chicago Public Schools Boycott, and over the last few years we got to know each other well. He will be missed greatly, but his work lives on as part of the legacy of the city," said Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director and co-founder of Kartemquin Films. Continued

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