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

"Our kind of town, Chicago is"

We have a number of Chicago events coming up this fall, and wanted to share them all with the fans in our home town. Our producers, associates and staff will be out in force at all of the following - we look forward to seeing you! October 5th - The Trials of Muhammad Ali Chicago premiere! Part of Music Box Theatre's Docs at the Box. Director Bill Siegel will attend. Get tickets. October 20th - Chicago Humanities Festival Kartemquin founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn is speaking on documentary ethics and fair use. Details: Continued

Lessons from the 1963 Boycott: The Struggle for Quality Education in Chicago Then and Now

On the 50th anniversary of the 1963 school boycott, activists from then and now will talk about one of Chicago's largest civil rights marches at a screening of in-progress documentary '63 Boycott. Lessons from the 1963 Boycott: The Struggle for Quality Education in Chicago Then and Now Tuesday, October 22, 6-8p.m., Free, open to the public The DuSable Musuem of African American History: 740 East 56th Place, Chicago. Register at Continued

'63 Boycott sneak preview at Chicago Social Change Film Fest

On September 27th, the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival will host a sneak preview of select scenes from '63 Boycott, followed by a q&a with director and Kartemquin co-founder Gordon Quinn. '63 Boycott chronicles the Chicago Public School Boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed mobile school units on playgrounds and parking lots as a “permanent solution” to overcrowding in black schools. The project will offer a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later as it reconnects the participants to each other and the event itself. Continued

Gordon Quinn to speak on documentary ethics in Yamagata and Chicago

Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will draw on his five decades of filmmaking experience to speak on documentary ethics and fair use at upcoming festivals in Yamagata and Chicago this October. The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival will host a discussion on Fair Use and ethics as part of its series titled "The Ethics Machine: Six Gazes of the Camera." Here is the description: "Documentary filmmakers strike out into the landscapes of humans and animals to make films about “the world,” not “a world.” This makes all the difference. It means that every camera angle, every light, every cut, every edit, every music hook—every choice—poses an ethical challenge. This turns the documentary camera into an ethics machine. Continued

Vote! SXSW panel on ethics in interactive documentary

"Is it true? Is it safe?: Ethics in Interactive Doc" is the title of a proposed SXSW film festival panel that features Kartemquin board member Patricia Aufderheide, and Tim Horsburgh, our director of communications and programs. The subject of ethics in documentary is one that matters greatly to us, and which various Kartemquin filmmakers have spoken about in a variety of forums over the years, so we would appreciate the opportunity to share what we have learned in our ventures in the new territory of interactive documentary through projects such as '63 Boycott and Interrupt Violence. Continued