March 2013 Film Updates
This month: 63 Boycott, Almost There, American Arab, As Goes Janesville, Cooked, Life Itself, Mormon Movie, The Homestretch, Prisoner of Her Past, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Unbroken Glass.
The www.63Boycott.com site will launch on 4/1! Help spread the word that we're searching for participants of the 1963 CPS boycott. If you or someone you know participated in the '63 boycott, please contact the filmmakers: firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to check out the youtube video featuring exclusive '63 Boycott footage, edited by Matt Lauterbach.
The '63 Boycott team were in attendance and presented clips at "Shades of Mississippi", a mass meeting performance based on the 1963 campaign to desegregate CPS on Sunday, March 17th, 4p, at Christ Mediator Church, 3100 S. Calumet Ave. They were even able to find a boycott participant at the event!
Editing has begun at Kartemquin's Edit Room #4 on Almost There. 2011 Student Academy Award Winner Wonjung Bae is looking through our many years worth of footage to get things started.
If you'd like to help us see the film through to completion in 2013, please consider donating here. And please check back for more Almost There news - including a big announcement - next month!
American Arab just had a screening of the rough edit at KTQ labs. Director Usama Alshaibi will be finishing up the final touches with a fall 2013 release in mind. We need your help on making funds available to do that, please donate if you can.
As Goes Janesville just had a wonderful run of festivals from Montana to New York to South Carolina. The director, Brad Lichtenstein, will be showing the film at the Atlanta Film Festival on March 23rd and stopping in to visit with students at Emory University while in town. He was at the Big Sky Film Festival this month along with his 11 year-old son doing some film watching and skiing. Ben, his son, thought As Goes Janesville was the "second-best" at the festival. Number one was Iran Job, a wonderful film about an American basketball player in Iran. You'll have to ask co-producer Nicole Docta and editor Leslie Simmer if they agree. Both were in attendance at the festival, too, which happened to be directed this year by Kartemquin alum Gita Saedi-Kelly (The New Americans).
Rivaling Montana for rewarding screening experiences was the DCTV screening in NYC. Hats off to Dara Messinger who ran a terrific event, maverick labor organizer Jane McAlevey who joined Brad to share insights from her new book, Raising Hell (and Raising Expectations). Brad tells us the highlight of the night was to have received a compliment on the film from Barbara Kopple whose labor films Harlan County, USA and American Dream set the bar for docs on the subject.
And on to the amazing, at least if you ask the filmmaker. The engagement initiative BizVizz has taken off. A corporate accountability mobile app inspired by the film, BizVizz has been downloaded 30,000 times since it launched on February 4th. BizVizz is simple. You snap a pic of a logo to learn how much tax that company pays, how much government subsidy they receive, and to whom they give their political money. The BizVizz team has partnerships with the AFL-CIO, US-PIRG, Tax Justice USA, Citizens for Tax Justice, Good Jobs First, Sunlight Foundation and the movie We're Not Broke. Next step is to engage those 30,000 users to get involved with the corporate accountability movement in a variety of ways. If you have an iPhone, here's the link to get BizVizz.
Some very good news for Cooked and Kartemquin Films from the MacArthur Foundation. It's official, Cooked has received a post-production grant of $120,000 to keep the editing room stoked, fired up and literally cooking - as our rough-cut gets fine and our fine-cut gets done. We are grateful for this investment of belief and resources, thrilled to have the time and focus to think out loud as a team, experiment with structure and shape, and humbled to be in the company of our fellow grantees, who run the gamut from the emerging to the ever emergent veteran, and whose projects are all addressing critical issues of and for our time.
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On the heels of the announcement that CNN Films acquired the US television broadcast rights for Life Itself in January, the filmmakers embarked on a dizzying month of February filled with travel and interviews.
Director/Producer Steve James and Producer Zak Piper, and Cinematographer Dana Kupper traveled from Chicago to NY to LA to NY back to Chicago with six more crucial interviews in the can. The weeks and months ahead will take the filmmakers near and far to speak with and document more of the larger-than-life people, places, and things from Roger Ebert's full and interesting life.
Making steady progress culling through the mountains of archival material, Associate Producer & Archival Researcher Emily Hart has uncovered some archival gems - possibly unseen and unheard - that we can't wait to share in the film!
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Mormon Movie (Working Title)
We are humbled and honored, thrilled to have received a $50,000 grant from the Sage Foundation in support of this "gathering year" of production for the film.
The team is in active prep for three upcoming shoots made possible by this generous funding, shoots that will take Ms. Aranda and Director of Photography Peter Gilbert to Northern and Southern California, as well as rural Northwestern Mexico before June. Additional shoots in Utah, and a return to Mexico, are pending for autumn.
The team is growing! We're over the moon in welcoming Melissa Fadim as an Executive Producer, and CoProducer Ky Dickens to the film's brain trust.
Ms. Fadim, the creator and Executive Producer of the documentary series Islands Lost in Time, is also the EP of Kartemquin's On Beauty. She brings her keen eye and strong opinions Mormon Movie, in addition to a love of this film's exploration of ancestry, identity, and faith. We're excited to spend time with her in the edit room later this year!
Ms. Dickens directed and produced the highly acclaimed documentary Fish Out of Water, which was a breakout success on the festival circuit, and secured international distribution immediately after release. Her forthcoming doc Sole Survivor will have its world premiere in coming months. Ky is also a director with MK Films Group, a Chicago-based commercial production house.
Save the date! Join us at Victory Gardens Theater on Thursday, April 11 for a special evening with Mormon Movie's Xan Aranda and playwright Samuel D. Hunter for the Theater's presentation of The Whale. A post-play discussion will explore Mormonism, storytelling, and the intersection of themes within the play and film. Details TBA.
March Madness came a month early for The Interrupters as they teamed with educational partner React To Film for nearly thirty screenings on college campuses across the country. After screening the film, students were encouraged to volunteer as a mentor locally and also to contact their local Congressional Representative in support of the Youth PROMISE Act. Participating universities were invited to join React To Film, The Interrupters Outreach Team and Cobe Williams for a Google Hangout to talk about the film and how everyone can get involved with stopping violence.
But even outside the React To Film screenings, The Interrupters were quite busy as Cobe Williams participated in a screening and panel conversation at a Grand Rapids, Michigan screening to support the city’s local Cure Violence office while down the road in Ann Arbor, Ameena Matthews screened the film and spoke to the University of Michigan’s Muslim Student Association.
And cross your fingers as The Interrupters has been submitted for a few more prestigious accolades, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and also the Emmys! So keep your fingers crossed for The Interrupters Team over the months ahead as hear news about both awards.
We are looking for contributors who might want to share blogs or build "digital shrines" to loved ones lost to violence at www.interruptviolence.com. Please email email@example.com if you would like to help.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali will have its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC next month! The festival will hold a special screening with extended filmmaker Q&A on Friday, April 26th. A second screening will take place on Saturday, April 27th as part of Tribeca's ESPN-presented "Sports Day." If you are in the NYC area, please join us for this much-anticipated debut!
In other big news, Trials has been confirmed for its Television Premiere on PBS's Independent Lens series in the Spring of 2014. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Independent Lens, bring indie film to an even wider audience nationwide.
Between next month's Tribeca premiere and 2014's PBS broadcast, we plan to bring the film to numerous cities all over the world. Please visit Kartemquin's website for the most up-to-date screening information.
As the Trials team sprints toward the finish line, we are finessing the Fine Cut and incorporating the latest animation, original music, and archival material. In a couple weeks, we will reach Picture Lock. Then we will replace archival footage and photos with high-quality masters, before last steps like color correction and sound mix. All hands on deck!
We still have a small budget gap to cover licensing fees, and we need your help! Please consider making a donation in any amount today by clicking HERE. today. Thanks for your support!
Post-production continues on Unbroken Glass as editor Matt Lauterbach has made his way through all the footage shot to date and has begun stringing out scenes such as Dinesh’s experiences at a wedding in India. Great progress has been made as all family photos have been scanned as Matt and Dinesh begin to piece together the Sabu family history.
Major props go out to Kartemquin intern Nushmia Khan who has helped shed new light on some older footage with her amazing Hindi translation skills. Her translated transcripts have really produced some important revelations at this stage in Unbroken Glass post-production.
And the Unbroken Glass team has been hard at work grant writing as they’ve submitted proposals to Gucci Tribeca and other funding opportunities. Stay tuned over the upcoming months as we hope to announce more good news about funding and the post-production process.
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