A must read response to The Interrupters

The Interrupters played twice to packed audiences at the Minneapolis / St. Paul this past week, and has garnered another round of strong reponses. Our pick of the bunch is Colleen Powers' thoughtful and provocative "The Interrupters: Appropriation and Action." What we appreciate most about the blog post is that, while being a personal response, it gets to the heart of many issues around audience reactions to the film regarding race and social activism, especially the key question: “What can someone who’s not from [a violent neighborhood] do?” Thank you Colleen for sharing your thoughts, we hope they inspire others to step up. Continued

Bill T. Jones dances for A Good Man

Bill T. Jones, subject of A Good Man, danced in celebration of the World Premiere of the film at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and now we have released the short video so you can see just how happy the film made him! Standing Ovation for Bill T Jones at the A Good Man Premiere from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo. The new documentary is about Bill T. Jones and his dance company's attempt to create a dance/theatre performance around the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Continued

Howard Reich introduces Prisoner of Her Past

Prisoner of Her Past is currently broadcasting nationally in 44 states on PBS and continuing throughout April and May. In Chicago, we're most excited that WTTW, the presenting station for the national broadcast, will be airing the film on April 28th, and that the Chicago Tribune will be hosting a special viewing event at Tribune Tower with Howard Reich and Director Gordon Quinn to help celebrate the occasion. WTTW's broadcast is part of a series of our films being shown in honor of Kartemquin's 45th Anniversary. Each of these broadcasts will feature a brief introduction from a filmmaker or subject explaining why they made this film here or what makes it especially "Kartemquin." Continued

Chicago Maternity Center's New York Story

As part of Kartemquin's 45th anniversary celebrations, Stranger Than Fiction at IFC Center hosted a great screening and discussion of The Chicago Maternity Center Story last night in New York City. Filmmakers Gordon Quinn and Suzanne Davenport attended, and were joined on a panel by Thom Powers of Stranger Than Fiction and medical journalist and original 1970's WATCH homebirth activist Laura Newman. More photos, courtesy of Simon Luethi. In advance of the screening, Cynthia Fuchs of Pop Matters gave the newly restored DVD of the film 9/10, stating: Continued

Kartemquin in the classroom

Kartemquin's Executive Director Justine Nagan recently visited two high school AVID classes while in Minnesota as a part of KTQ's 45th anniversary. She spoke to freshmen and juniors at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School about social issue documentary, careers in media and the future of film, showing clips from several KTQ works. Additionally, she recently visited Ruth Leitman's class on the history of Kartemquin at Columbia College Chicago. Other KTQ veterans were previous guest speakers and Justine enjoyed the chance to talk with several emerging media makers about her role at Kartemquin and the industry in general. We are also currently hosting Ahmed Hamed, a visiting filmmaker from Egypt who is making a film on his experiences in the recent revolution and of his trip to Chicago. Continued

The Interrupters' Philly win

We only just found out about yet another award win for The Interrupters. The film - already a Jury Prize winner at both the Miami and Full Frame Festivals, as well being the recipient of the True Life Fund from True/False - also picked up the Audience Award for Best Documentary from Philadelphia Cinefest last week. Congratulations to the entire team, and thanks to Philadelphia Cinefest attendees for the honor! Next up for The Interrupters are appearances at Minneapolis/St.Paul, Hot Docs in Toronto, and Maryland Film Festival. Get full screening info. Continued

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