Kartemquin Films marks 50th Anniversary by announcing Fall Festival, New Fund for Filmmaker Support at #KTQ50 Birthday Party Event in Chicago

Retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles to Highlight Five Decades of Documentaries Nearly 1,000 Party Attendees Include CEO of PBS, Stars of Films and Directors from the Past 50 Years of Kartemquin, Elected Officials Not-for-profit documentary production collective Kartemquin Films, the Chicago-based producers of The Interrupters, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, marks the occasion of its 50th Birthday Party tonight to announce major retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles this summer, a new fund to support filmmakers, and a showcase for emerging midwest independent documentary makers this fall. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch The New Americans for free for two weeks

From today until next Friday, July 8th, the free KTQ50 series is The New Americans (2003). You saw that date right: We are streaming TWO free weeks of one of Kartemquin's proudest achievements, the 7-part series, The New Americans. Since we know you will be busy celebrating #KTQ50 with us this evening, and the 4th of July holiday is upon us in which we would like to honor the immigration experience, we thought you might need some extra viewing time. "The New Americans is a cinematic masterpiece...It is a sensitive, compelling, irresistible collection of stories." — Andrew Greeley, Chicago Sun Times Continued

WTTW Celebrates Kartemquin's 50th Birthday with broadcast of Hoop Dreams

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast Hoop Dreams at 8pm on Thursday, June 23rd as part of a year-long series honoring our 50th anniversary. This special broadcast of our most celebrated film - the first time it has aired on WTTW since its original 1995 PBS national broadcast - precedes our #KTQ50 Birthday Party at the Harris Theater on Friday, June 24, at which the film's stars William Gates, Arthur Agee and Sheila Agee will be among the special guests, along with Hoop Dreams director Steve James and several hundred more Kartemquin filmmakers, subjects, alumni, and fans. Continued

"Riveting" Raising Bertie heads to AFI DOCS Impact Lab

Ahead of its Washington, D.C., premiere at AFI DOCS this weekend, Raising Bertie has been selected to participate in the 2nd annual AFI DOCS Impact Lab, "a two-day intensive designed for filmmakers with issue-driven films who aim to create broader social and political change through the power of story and film." Raising Bertie is a tender portrait of three African American boys coming of age in the rural community of Bertie County, North Carolina. Filmed over the course of six years, Margaret Byrne’s documentary was praised this week as "the Boyhood of this year's AFI DOCS, but with more of an urgent social subtext" by Dean Essner of Washington City Paper. Continued

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is back in theaters and online this week

To honor and reflect upon the recent passing of the legendary Muhammad Ali over the weekend, Kino Lorber is bringing our award-winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali documentary back to theaters. From Friday, June 10 – Tuesday, June 16, theaters in New York (Film Forum), Oakland (New Parkway), New Haven (Bow Tie), and Ali's home town of Louisville, Kentucky (Village 8), will be showing the film that The Nation critic David Zirin called “The best Muhammad Ali doc I’ve ever seen and – dare I say – I’ve seen ‘em all.” Director Bill Siegel will be attending Muhammad Ali's funeral tomorrow at the Muhammad Ali Center, and select screenings at the Village 8 in Louisville. Information about the various showings can be found on the following website and on theaters' pages. More theaters will be added soon. Continued

Remembering Muhammad Ali

Like the rest of the world, we at Kartemquin were deeply saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on a man who meant so much to so many different people. It is easy to try to whittle down a career and life when it comes to these tributes. It would be easy to sum up a man as simply “the greatest,” one of the most significant and celebrated boxers and sporting figures in history. He will always be remembered in photos towering over Sonny Liston, as the gold medal winner, as the three-time heavyweight champion. His legacy and power will remain at the forefront of the conversation. Continued