Chicago and Kartemquin, Kartemquin and Chicago

We love our fair city by the lake, and this September are feeling the love back in return as we host a number of special events and screenings in our home town. Often doubling up on the same night! First up is the spectacular KTQ Gala tomorrow evening, when 300 of the windy city's smartest and most stylish documentary fans will gather to celebrate our record year of premiering 6 films, and having 15 currently in production,* all of which will be showing exclusive sneak preview clips at the event. We will see you there! The Gala coincides with the start of a second Chicago run for Life Itself, which will play from September 5th-11th at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Get tickets! Director Steve James will attend the film's 8pm screening on Monday, September 8th. Continued

Art Shay photos now on '63 Boycott site

Images of the 1963 Chicago Public School boycott taken by legendary photographer Art Shay have no been added to the website for our in-progress transmedia documentary project '63 Boycott. A former freelance photographer for Life, Time, Sports Illustrated and more, Shay snapped countless celebrities and important moments of the 20th century. His photos of the boycott show protest leaders and regular Chicagoans flooding the streets. Head to the gallery to click and tag people you recognize in the photos, so that we can track them down and include them in the documentary. You can also view them on Facebook. Continued

Moving The Ball: Where We're At On Fair Use

Censorship vs. free expression is an ages-old story, one that still plays on a daily basis the world over. We as Americans do not need to look as far as countries like Turkey (who recently banned Twitter and YouTube) to see that private interests consistently test the freedom and resolve of the people. Today, with the incredible amount of content that is available and shareable, and private interests that are committed to restricting that flow of information, a new ethical framework had to be built: a framework that pinned down what constitutes fairly utilized content. Kartemquin’s own Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Gordon Quinn, is at the vanguard of the recent revolution in fair use thinking and is a constant, outspoken sage of that revolution’s ideals and practices. Continued

Columbia College to give Gordon Quinn Honorary Degree

Kartemquin's co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn will receive an Honorary Degree from Columbia College Chicago this May. Gordon is one of five recipients chosen to represent the fields of film, theater, visual art, architecture and education. His fellow recipients at the May 17-18 commencement ceremonies are architect Jeanne Gang, owner of Studio Gang; Jim Jacobs, actor and co-creator of the musical Grease; Tony Karman, president of EXPO Chicago; and education historian Diane Ravitch. Read more in the Columbia Chronicle. Continued

Studs Terkel Awards celebrate Kartemquin

Last night in Chicago, the Community Media Workshop honored Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn and Steve James with 2014 Studs Terkel Awards. The Studs Terkel Community Media Awards honor outstanding media professionals for excellence in covering and reflecting Chicago’s diverse communities. The awards highlight communicators who take risks in covering social issues by offering new or unusual perspectives on topics of general concern, from housing to neighborhood safety and beyond. Also honored were Fred & Nikki Will Stein; Steve Bogira of The Chicago Reader; and Alejandro Escalona of Telemundo, as well as Community Media Workshop founder Thom Clark. Continued

Get advice on crowdfunding and interactive storytelling from KTQ filmmakers and staff

Chicago Filmmakers is offering three free workshops this March featuring "local industry leaders in association with the 2014 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund." A bevy of Kartemquin staff, producers and KTQ Labs graduates will be offering advice at the sessions. Check out the details, presenters and featured films below: NET VIRALITY: Getting It Seen Sunday, March 2nd // 11AM - 2PM Continued

’63 Boycott Celebrates Anniversary of "Freedom Day II"

February 25th marks the 50th anniversary of "Freedom Day II," a Chicago school boycott that was part of a protest movement eventually leading to the early "retirement" of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who was perceived as hostile to the interests of the black community. The demonstration followed the original massive school boycott in October 1963 that is the heart of our transmedia documentary ’63 Boycott. ’63 Boycott is a film and website that tells the story of the 1963 Chicago Public School Boycott, when more than 200,000 people protested the segregationist policies of Superintendent Benjamin Willis on October 22, 1963. Freedom Day II, which took place on February 25th, 1964, saw 175,000 students skip school, another highly successful demonstration confirming that the community had a voice in school politics and that Willis’ days were numbered. Continued

Steve James and Gordon Quinn to receive Studs Terkel Award

The Community Media Workshop will honor Kartemquin documentary filmmakers Steve James and Gordon Quinn with 2014 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards. The Studs Terkel Community Media Awards honor outstanding media professionals for excellence in covering and reflecting Chicago’s diverse communities. The awards highlight communicators who take risks in covering social issues by offering new or unusual perspectives on topics of general concern, from housing to neighborhood safety and beyond. Continued

'63 Boycott brings history alive at 50th anniversary event

This Tuesday, October 22nd, marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Chicago Public School Boycott, when nearly 250,000 students, parents, and teachers protested the segregationist policies of racist school Superintendent Benjamin Willis. To commemorate the event, our ’63 Boycott transmedia project flooded local media with stories of the Boycott, undertook an ambitious web campaign, and held a massive community event at the DuSable Museum in the evening. Continued

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