New poster and new length for The Interrupters

Check out the brand new theatrical poster for The Interrupters, with the inspiring tagline "Every City Needs Its Heroes." If you've been eagle-eyed recently you might have noticed that The Interrupters running time on our website and various listings of the film's upcoming theatrical release has changed from 144 minutes to 125 minutes. That's right - the film has got 19 minutes shorter in a week! Here's an explanation from director Steve James: “When we were cutting the film down to the required length for our BBC version, we realized that we really liked the changes and trims we made to the film. It was actually working better for us as a film. Continued

Rock the Doc! Summer of 45s

On August 23rd at the Hide Out in Chicago Kartemquin will host Rock the Doc! Summer of 45s. A party benefit night of DJs spinning vintage vinyl tunes from 1966 onwards to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, the event is the third in our Rock the Doc series, designed to bring the Chicago independent filmmaking community together. DJs include Kartemquin's very own Zak Piper, Bill Siegel, Naomi Walker, Joe Wroblewski and Michael Slaboch. The event begins at 9pm and runs until late. Suggested donation of $10. Get tickets! Come on out and support Kartemquin and Chicago independent film! Continued

Stevie starts New York Steve James season

At IFC Center in New York at 8pm tonight celebrated director Steve James will attend a rare screening of his 2003 Kartemquin documentary Stevie. The event is hosted by the Stranger Than Fiction documentary programming series. Get tickets. Cynthia Fuchs of Pop Matters reviewed Stevie again ahead of the screening, giving the film 9/10 and praising the film's complexity and refusal to shape a judgment for the viewer: "Instead, it raises questions, considers unintended effects as well as good intentions. And it reveals the complex circulation of damage and anger, offenders and victims—who too often become offenders." Read the full review. Continued

Milking the Rhino on WTTW this Thursday

Kartemquin's award-winning film <a href="http://" _cke_saved_href="http://" www.milkingtherhino.org"="">Milking the Rhino</a></em> will be broadcast this Thursday, July 21 at 10pm on WTTW 11 Chicago PBS. The broadcast is the fifth film in the Kartemquin <a href="http://www.kartemquin.com/45" _cke_saved_href="http://www.kartemquin.com/45">45th anniversary</a> series by Chicago's premier public television station. Check out a video of director/producer David E. Simpson introducing the film. <iframe width="512" height="308" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G3nBBZ1VY_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <em>Milking the Rhino</em> portrays rural Africans at the vanguard of community-based conservation, turning the cameras away from the wildlife and onto the lives of the humans who share the land with them. Continued

Typeface limited edition DVDs are sold out!

Thanks to all the legions of Typeface fans around the world, we are now sold out of Typeface limited edition DVDs! The limited edition DVD featured a letterpress poster designed by Bill Moran of Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Designs by Bill and Jim Moran are now also gracing the bodies of type lovers across the USA thanks to the Target "Cool Never Fades" clothing line inspired by the museum. The creation of the line itself - like so many of the amazing posters, photos and videos you have sent us over the past 3 years - was itself inspired by a Target designer seeing one of the very first Typeface screenings in 2008 at the Walker Art Center. Continued

New trailer for The Interrupters

Edit: 7/29 - for updated US, UK & Canadian dates please visit the official website.   We are proud to present the new theatrical release trailer for The Interrupters. Please watch, enjoy and share with someone you think should be aware of the film. The Interrupters will be released on July 29 in the USA through Cinema Guild and on August 12th in the UK through Dogwoof. Check the film's events page to see exact details of dates and venues. So far theatrical engagements have been confirmed for the following cities (1 week engagement unless stated): Continued

Typeface: Making an impact from day one

If you're a fan of letterpress, wood type, typography or fashion, you have probably already heard a lot of news about the fantastic new line of Target Style clothing inspired by Hamilton Wood type and Printing Museum. The "Cool Never Fades" line is already in stores and available online from July 17. Amid the excitement, a couple of difference sources have noted the pivotal role of our film Typeface in inspiring the collection's genesis. The design blog Unbeige explains: "The idea for a partnership was sparked when a Target designer caught a screening of Typeface, Justine Nagan‘s 2009 documentary about the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Continued

Engaging Chicago Youth with The Interrupters

The Interrupters screens for the first time in Chicago this weekend. As part of our commitment to engaging communities affected by violence, the audience for the film will be 100 Chicago Public Schools children enrolled in after-school youth media programs. The event will be introduced by Jean-Claude Brizard, the new CEO of Chicago Public Schools. The students will watch the entire film before discussing ways in which they can spread the film's message throughout their communities through their own filmmaking and outreach work. There will also be opportunities to share their own stories of living with violence and making films about the subject. Continued

Kenneth Appelhans, of The Last Pullman Car, dies

Kartemquin is sad to learn of the death of Kenneth Appelhans. Kenneth was the leader of the strike action to prevent the closure of Pullman Standard depicted in our 1983 film The Last Pullman Car. We salute Kenneth as a lifelong advocate for worker's rights and social justice, and offer our condolences to his family. We hope to be able to raise funds to release The Last Pullman Car on DVD in the next year. The film will also screen later this year in Chicago as part of our 45th anniversary retrospective. Continued

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