NEH funds Maria Finitzo's new Bolivia documentary

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $75,000 development grant to Encounters with the Other, a new Kartemquin documentary being developed by Peabody Award-winning producer Maria Finitzo. Encounters with the Other examines the indigenous Tsimane people of Bolivia as they transition from a traditional to modern way of life. Maria will use part of the grant to fund research and initial production in Bolivia in 2011. Maria is producing the film with Kartemquin artistic director Gordon Quinn and in collaboration with Northwestern University professors Mike Kennedy and Dr. Bill Leonard, the Chairman of the Department of Anthropology. Maria is also currently producing In the Game for Kartemquin. Continued

Steve James wins Best Director for No Crossover

Steve James collected the Best Director award at last night's "Best of the Midwest Awards" in Chicago for his work on No Crossover. Congratulations to Steve James and the entire No Crossover: The Trial Of Allen Iverson team! Find out more at midwestfilm.com. Read a recent Huffington Post interview with Steve James in which he explains why he made No Crossover, and why this is a great time for documentary filmmaking.No Crossover is available to purchase from the Kartemquin Store. Continued

Congratulations to Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones - subject of our 2011 release A Good Man - received a prestigious Kennedy Center Honor this weekend in celebration of his distinguished career. Speaking at the ceremony, President Barack Obama stated: “Bill T. Jones has earned widespread acclaim and artistic success in the hyper-competitive world of modern dance—all while battling poverty, homophobia, and racism. His unique performances have always been provocative—challenging audiences to confront important issues in a way that is at once captivating, agitating and extremely personal.” Congratulations to all at the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company! The ceremony will be televised on CBS on December 28th at 9pm ET. Continued

30 for 30 wins IDA award

ESPN Films' 30for30 series took home the award for Best Continuing Series at the 2010 International Documentary Association Awards this weekend. Kartemquin would like to congratulate all the filmmakers involved with 30for30, especially including the team behind our own contribution to the series: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson.No Crossover is also up for 3 awards at tomorrow night's Best of the Midwest Awards. Fingers crossed! Continued

Sundance to host World Premiere of The Interrupters!

The Interrupters will have its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film, from acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here) will be part of the Documentary Premieres category, which Sundance created this year for “master filmmakers debuting their new docs about big subjects.” The Interrupters is Steve James’ fifth film to screen at Sundance and his sixth documentary to be produced with Kartemquin Films, which will kick off a yearlong celebration of the organization’s forty-fifth anniversary at Sundance. Continued

MacArthur awards American Arab

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded Kartemquin's American Arab (WT) a production grant in the amount of $75,000.  Director/Producer Usama Alshaibi and the film's production team are thrilled to announce this news and publicly thank the MacArthur staff for their hard work and belief in the project.  The funding will allow the team to continue production into 2011, begin post production and to foster key partnerships with a variety of advocacy organizations nationwide.  The grant will also set in motion planning for an extensive outreach campaign working to break stereotypes of Arab-Americans and to engage and support Arab-American youth. Filmmaker Usama Alshaibi is Kartemquin's first Diversity Fellow, a program launched in 2009 with support from the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Continued

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