CIFF to host Raising Bertie Chicago premiere

Margaret Byrne's award-winning Kartemquin film Raising Bertie will finally screen in our hometown at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival on Sunday October 23rd, 2016. Announced today as a special presentation in the out-of-competition documentaries of the 52nd Chicago International Festival, Raising Bertie screens tomorrow in its Los Angeles premiere at the Billy Wilder Theater as the opening night of a 50th Anniversary retrospective of Kartemquin Films co-presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive and the International Documentary Association. Margaret Byrne and producer Ian Kibbe will attend. Continued

#KTQ50 Los Angeles retrospective begins this Friday with Raising Bertie LA premiere

Beginning this Friday September 16th and continuing through September 26th, the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the International Documentary Association (IDA) will host a 15-film KTQ retrospective at the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles. Kartemquin Artistic Director and Founder Gordon Quinn sat down with UCLA for an interview during which Quinn discussed the mission, values, past and future of Kartemquin. Find an excerpt below: Continued

#KTQ50: Watch As Goes Janesville for free all week

From today until Friday, September 16th, the free KTQ50 film is As Goes Janesville (2012). "An up-close view of one of the meanest and most dramatic chapters in recent American politics: the battle over collective-bargaining rights for Wisconsin state employees and the subsequent effort to recall the Republican governor, Scott Walker, from office... has a narrative drive unusual for a 60-minute television documentary, pulling us along like a political thriller. " — Mike Hale, The New York Times As Goes Janesville, so goes America. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch A Good Man for free all week

From Friday, September 2nd until Friday, September 9th the free KTQ50 film is A Good Man (2011). "An unusually intelligent, thoughtful and well-constructed examination of an artist and his work, this film succeeds in illuminating both... crammed with ideas and information as the artwork, but it deals evenhandedly with both concept and craft, and will be revelatory to many with regard to what it takes to bring an huge stage work to life." — Continued

#KTQ50: Watch The Interrupters for free all week

From Friday, August 28th until Friday, September 2nd the free KTQ50 film is The Interrupters (2011). "A gut-wrenching documentary" -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times "The Interrupters" is a great work of drama that happens to be real, a Russian novel about crime and repentance set on the real-life streets of 21st-century America. You won't see a movie this year that is more moving, more tragic, more upsetting, more hopeful or more necessary." — Andrew O'Hehir, Continued

New York Film Festival to host US premiere of ABACUS

The 54th New York Film Festival will host the US premiere of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the new Kartemquin film directed by Steve James. Abacus will screen on Thursday 10/6 at 8:45 PM at the Walter Reade Theater and Friday 10/7 at 6:15 PM at the Bruno Walter Auditorium with filmmakers and cast attending. NYFF runs September 30 - October 16, 2016 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Tickets go on sale September 11. Read the full announcement of the NYFF's Spotlight on Documentaries line-up. Continued