The Interrupters to screen at the first Englewood Film Festival

Kartemquin is honored to take part in the very first Englewood Film Festival (Oct 28th – 29th) at Lindblom High School, 6130 S Wolcott St, Chicago with a screening of The Interrupters as the closing night film at 7pm on October 29th. The Interrupters was primarily filmed in Englewood and surrounding communities.   Filmmaker Mark Harris, the host of the event and resident of Englewood, aims for this festival to be “The Urban Festival Building Community.” Kartemquin is grateful to contribute to this initiative, an effort that resonates with our mission to engage and enrich the Chicago community and beyond. Get tickets. Continued

The Politics of Labor, Art and Healthcare

Chicago audiences can see three classic Kartemquin films this week, focusing on the politics of labor, art and healthcare.   This Saturday at 4pm, The Last Pullman Car (1983) will screen for FREE on the historic Pullman site in Chicago, with filmmakers Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn attending. The film's depiction of the 1981 fight of workers to keep their jobs working at Pullman has renewed relevance 30 years later, showing yet another story of American industry abandoning our workers and communities. The screening is part of the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, and is hosted by South Side Projections, the Pullman State Historic Site, and the Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society. Get more information. Continued

Seven Kartemquin Films to screen at IDFA 2011

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced its 2011 line-up, which includes A Good Man and The Interrupters. The festival, regularly cited as Europe's premier documentary event, runs November 16-27. This will mark the 7th festival of our 45th anniversary year in which the two films have screened together, and the two will be part of 7 total Kartemquin films screening at IDFA.   A Good Man and The Interrupters screen in the 'Masters' section of the festival, along with new works by some of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers alive. The films' respective directors Steve James and Gordon Quinn will attend for Kartemquin.   Continued

Sunday service: Thumbs Down at Doc Films

Thumbs Down screens at 10pm on Sunday as part of their ongoing University of Chicago Doc Films retrospective of Kartemquin at 45. The 1968 cinema-verite documentary shows a teenage youth group called Thumbs Down who aim "to bring Christ to their neighborhood" by holding an anti-war Mass at their conservative Chicago parish. Neither militants nor hippies, they simply believe that Christianity means social action and concern with issues. They present this belief to the community and the confrontation reveals the deepening crisis of communication between the young Christians and their parents, priest, and neighbors. The film was co-directed by Kartemquin founders Jerry Temaner and Gordon Quinn, and screened at the 1968 Chicago International Film Festival and the Festival Dei Popoli, Florence, Italy. Continued

Haskell Wexler visits Kartemquin

Kartemquin was honored with a visit from Haskell Wexler today: check out photos on our Facebook page.   Wexler was in town for the Chicago International Film Festival and visited us to be interviewed by our own living legend, Gordon Quinn, for a feature in the magazine In These Times. He entered the building filming on his own small video camera and proceeded to tour our offices interviewing each of the staff before sitting down with Gordon.   Continued

Kartemquin partners with Investing in Communities

Kartemquin is partening with Investing in Communities. IIC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help consumers connect with socially responsible professionals to generate funding for nonprofits. By leveraging competitive markets and the passion of nonprofit supporters, Investing In Communities empowers individuals and businesses to generate funding for nonprofits for free. Help us get funding through IIC at no cost to you! Click to learn more about IIC. Continued

The Interrupters storms Chicago... again!

The Interrupters returned to the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago last Friday. Producer Alex Kotlowitz, co-producer Zak Piper and CeaseFire members Ricardo “Cobe” Williams and Marcus McAllister participated in an insightful Q&A. Inspired audience members inquired about everything from the particularities of filmmaking to the logistics and financing of CeaseFire. While some wondered about the personal stances of the Ceasefire members present that night, others just expressed their own feelings about the film, claiming it to be “the most important documentary they had ever seen.”   Continued