New Typeface PBS & European broadcasts

Typeface continues its plucky bid for wood-type-based world domination in the next few weeks with a number of new broadcasts added for the USA through PBS and Europe through the Sundance Channel. Wood Type and Letterpress fans in France and Belgium can also now watch the film via the Sundance Channel in those countries. The new PBS broadcasts are in Chicago (as part of the Kartemquin's 45th anniversary WTTW series), Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Salt Lake City; Oregon (multiple stations); and San Antonio. Check out full details of the newly announced listings at the film's events page. Also, don't forget that only 30 limited edition Typeface DVDs still remain in our store! Continued

Typeface broadcasts on WTTW Chicago tonight!

Typeface airs 10pm tonight on WTTW as part of the Chicago PBS station's ongoing celebration of 45 years of Kartemquin Films. The local emmy-nominated documentary about the convergence of modern design and traditional technique focuses on the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Check out a brief video introduction to the film's broadcast from Typeface director (and Kartemquin executive director) Justine Nagan and editor/Kartemquin post-production director Liz Kaar. Continued

The Interrupters is coming home, and going nationwide

Kartemquin Films and distributor Cinema Guild are delighted to announce the Chicago and nationwide theatrical release dates for The Interrupters. Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz's film opens in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center on 12 August for a two-week run, and at both the ICE Theaters Chatham and Lawndale on August 26. The Interrupters has become an audience favorite and won numerous awards since its Sundance Film Festival world premiere. Already acclaimed as one of the best documentaries of recent years by international critics, the film will open nationwide this summer, starting in New York on July 29. Continued

Prisoner of Her Past clips tackle ethics, secondary symptoms and treatment of PTSD

Last November, Kartemquin hosted a special screening of Prisoner of Her Past at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. Filmmakers Gordon Quinn, Howard Reich, and Joanna Rudnick were joined for a post-screening discussion by clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Oster and human rights activist Dr. Mario Venegas. It was lively and moving event, with discussion ranging from the ethics of documentary filmmaking to the symptoms and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder related to Hurricane Katrina. Continued

The Ongoing Impact of At the Death House Door

The impact of At the Death House Door is highlighted by two very different events this week. A compelling profile of Rev. Carroll Pickett, former Prison Chaplain of the death house at "Walls" Prisoner in Huntsville, Texas, who presided over 95 executions, Peter Gilbert and Steve James' Kartemquin film for IFC has changed many people's thinking over the merits of the death penalty since it's 2008 release. This Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, the film will be screened and discussed as part of an event designed to defend the 2009 North Carolina Racial Justice Act, due for a repeal vote in the N.C. Senate. A panel discussion will follow with Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly 19 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Continued