"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: https://www.kartemquin.com/event/gordon-quinn-ethics-behind-the-lens-at-... 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 63boycott.eventbrite.com 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

Sneak Peek of '63 Boycott this Thursday at Hyde Park Union Church

This Thursday at the Free Minds, Free People conference, we will premiere a never-before-seen ten minute trailer of our upcoming documentary, `63 Boycott. The film 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, which incorporates recent interviews with our historical footage from 1963, 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

Chicago Digital Media Production Fund has Kartemquin Flavor

Kartemquin-related projects have an impressive presence among the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund 2013 awardees. A total of 5 projects with connections to us have been selected for grants ranging from $4,200 to $10,000, and all the projects will be completed and viewable online by May 2014. '63 Boycott, a full Kartemquin project directed by Gordon Quinn and produced by Zak Piper. Chicago Shareef, directed by Nushmia Khan, former KTQ Intern (spring '13). Public School Closings in Chicago (working title), directed by Rachel Dickson, former KTQ Intern (spring '13). Les Oiseaux (working title), directed by Jeff Perlman, former KTQ Intern (spring '11). Continued

Living History: '63 Boycott Blog Connects Chicago's Past to Present

The team behind '63 Boycott launched a new blog today: '63 Boycott: A Living History will document stories shared with us by participants in the historic march against segregation in Chicago schools of October 1963, struggles in public education today, as well as production updates and source materials discovered while making the film. The launch of this blog is a major step in realizing the essential goal of the project: to provide a modern perspective of the impact and legacy of the 1963 Boycott. Part oral history, part news blog, A Living History promises to be an engaging resource for exploring 50 years of student activism. The filmmakers note that "A Living History will be active, updated frequently, and live on long after the film is completed." Continued

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