Honorable Mention for A Good Man at Woods Hole

A Good Man received an honorable mention for the Audience Award from the Woods Hole Film Festival, where co-director Gordon Quinn presented the film to an enthusiatic crowd last weekend. The film also received a positive mention in Filmmaker Magazine's coverage of the festival, which stated:   "In the very beginning of the film, what captured me was the beauty and gracefulness of the dancing, the powerful aesthetic movements of the dancers. A subject I know nothing about, have never had any interest to know anything about, yet I now found fascinating. But this is not a documentary about dancing, nor Abraham Lincoln, or even about Bill Jones. It’s about an artist’s struggle to make his art." Continued

Remembering Jack Wing

All of us at Kartemquin were extremely sad to learn of the passing of our Board member Jack Wing, who died on Sunday night after two years of struggling with illness.   Jack's board service was much appreciated as he helped form our working finance committee, utilize his connections in the finance world to our benefit, and always offer sound and kind advice to executive director Justine Nagan and artistic director Gordon Quinn. Gordon met Jack while serving on the Illinois Humanities Council board where Jack served for many years.   "Jack will be missed. He was a great friend, and could always be depended upon for honest counsel," said Gordon Quinn.   Continued

Giving thanks for The Interrupters Youth Media Summit

With only a week to go until the Chicago theatrical run of The Interrupters, Kartemquin would like to thank The Chicago Community Trust, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and the Polk Bros. Foundation for providing generous support to The Interrupters local outreach efforts, including a Youth Media Summit, and both Chicago private film premiere events. Their support allowed us a local launch of the film's outreach and engagement campaign and made possible a "friends and family" theatrical premiere in Chicago -- even before NYC!  We are so grateful!   Continued

Joanna Rudnick on "BRCA-Mommy-Hood"

Ahead of tonight's WTTW Chicago broadcast of In the Family, director/producer Joanna Rudnick reflects on the past decade of her life: living with the knowledge that she is genetically predisposed to a high chance of suffering from breast and ovarian cancer, making an award-winning film about the consequences of that knowledge and its effect on other women with the BRCA gene mutation, and finally, giving birth to a beautiful baby girl! Read Joanna's moving blog below and watch a video update below: BRCA-Mommy-Hood Continued

Excitement, controversy building for A Good Man

A Good Man, Kartemquin's new film about legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, will screen this Friday at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Co-Director Gordon Quinn is attending, and will also be giving a presentation on "fair use" for documentary filmmakers (get tickets and info). Before the festival, Gordon was interviewed by Film Slate Magazine, stating that "One of the things that attracted us to the project in the first place was that Bill is someone who takes no prisoners. He’s intense, he’s emotional, he’s very willing to be controversial. He’s an artist."   Continued

The Interrupters has landed!

The Interrupters opens today in New York at the IFC Center, the first stop on its theatrical run across the USA, Canada and the UK (full listings here). The reviews are flooding in, and it is probably already safe to say that this is Kartemquin's biggest hit since Hoop Dreams.   The amazing praise and press coverage below included being on the front page of today's New York Times Arts Section with a rave review; being slected as "pick of the week" at Salon.com, and Steve James being cited as "America's most important documentary director" in IndieWIRE. Check out the reviews and feature interviews below:   Reviews:   Continued

Stevie: Chronicling the Cycle of Abuse

The New York-based documentary series Stranger Than Fiction recently hosted Kartemquin director Steve James for a screening and discussion of his 2003 film Stevie, about his complicated documentary interactions with troubled Stevie Fielding.   The acclaimed film movingly and provocatively does not shy away from the "ethical precariousness" of James' role as mentor and then filmmaker of Stevie's life, and neither has Steve James in discussing it over the years. He has also kept in touch with various people involved in the film and thought deeply about how it may have made an impact on their lives.   Continued