#KTQ50: Watch Typeface for free all week

From today until Friday, August 12th, the free KTQ50 film is Typeface (2009). "A documentary has done its job when it inspires the viewer to take action. Typeface, a look at a printmaking shop in Two Rivers, WI, is a documentary that has not only begun to revitalize a tradition that is endangered, but has inspired similar films." — Jason Behrends, ChicagoNow.com Debuting in 2009 as the opening event at Typecon and playing to rave reviews at film festivals and major design and art museums across the world, Typeface depicts the story of a museum in a little town in Wisconsin where a small group of people are not only trying to preserve the history of letterpress and wood block printing, but also are trying to revitalize it for a new millennium and a new generation. Continued

A KTQ50 Double Feature at Comfort Station

On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 8:00 PM, Comfort Station (2579 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL), will host a FREE double bill screening of The Last Pullman Car and Trick Bag. The screening will take place outside on the Comfort Station’s lawn, weather permitting. The Last Pullman Car (1983) tells the story of how in 1981, Pullman workers found themselves in the midst of a fight not only for their jobs but the future of the American rail car industry. Trick Bag (1974) is a film about gang members, Vietnam vets, and young factory workers from Chicago's neighborhoods telling their personal experience with racism: who gets hurt and who profits. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Milking the Rhino for free all week

From today until Friday, August 5th, the free KTQ50 film is Milking the Rhino (2008). "A common theme in Kartemquin docs is that making a living is a political matter. Simpson skillfully adapts that perspective to rural Africa, where investing in wildlife links the Masai and others to the new globalism." — Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times A ferocious kill on the Serengeti… dire warnings about endangered species… These clichés of nature documentaries ignore a key feature of the landscape: villagers just off-camera, who navigate the dangers and costs of living with wildlife. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch In the Family for free all week

From today until next Friday, July 29th, the free KTQ50 film is In the Family (2008). "I have never seen a film that revealed the human side of the new genetics more compellingly." — Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Human Genome Project At 31, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick faces an impossible decision: remove her breast and ovaries or risk incredible odds of developing cancer. Armed with a genetic test result that leaves her vulnerable and confused, she balances dreams of having her own children with the unnerving reality that she is risking her life by holding on to her fertility. In the Family follows Joanna as she connects with other women trying to navigate the unpredictable world of predictive genetic testing. Intensely personal and timely, this provocative film asks: How much do you sacrifice to survive? Continued

Kartemquin Films Nominated for Three 2016 Emmy Awards

Congratulations are in order to the Kartemquin Films family! Today, the nominees for the 37th annual News & Documentary Emmy® awards were announced, and two Kartemquin Films, Life Itself and The Homestrech, are in contention. Life Itself was nominated twice – for Best Documentary (Director Steve James, Producers Zak Piper and Garrett Basch, Executive Producers Kat White, Mark Mitten, Michael Ferro, Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn, Steve Zallian and Martin Scorsese, aired on CNN Films) and for Outstanding Editing: Documentary And Long Form (Editors Steve James and David E. Simpson). Continued

Doc Films to host Typeface screening and design discussion

Like the poster? Then you will love the film! As part of their Kartemquin Summer Series in honor of our 50th anniversary, the University of Chicago's Doc Films (1212 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637) will screen Typeface (2009) on July 28th at 7pm. This is the first screening in Chicago for several years of director Justine Nagan’s award-winning film about the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and we’re marking it with a special panel discussion about the intersection of modern design and traditional technique. Continued