Justin Lin to direct feature adaptation of ABACUS; ABACUS broadcasts nationwide on PBS FRONTLINE tomorrow!

Deadline announced today that director Justin Lin will direct a feature film based on Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James. Lin and his Perfect Storm Entertainment production company have optioned the remake rights to the documentary and the life story rights of the Sung Family. Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) will write the screenplay. Abacus producer Mark Mitten will be a producer on the feature, with the Abacus' director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself) serving as an executive producer. Continued

Abacus plays 'Best of Fest' at Camden IFF

Kartemquin will be well-represented at this year's Camden International Film Festival, with Abacus: Small Enough to Jail earning a place in CIFF's 'Best of Fest' program; Abacus director Steve James participating in the Points North Forum's The Verité Director workshop with Jeff Unay (THE CAGE FIGHTER); KTQ Internship grad Sebastián Pinzón Silva's short Palenque will screen in the fest's shorts program, and two #KTQLabs grads Shot in the Dark and Quest will screen at the fest as well (Shot in the Dark will open the festival). Continued

Abacus broadcast premieres on PBS' FRONTLINE September 12

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail will have its broadcast premiere on PBS' FRONTLINE on September 12 at 10PM ET / 9PM CT. Following the broadcast, the film will stream online for free at pbs.org/frontline. The newest film by director Steve James, Abacus tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Abacus becomes the only US bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves––and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community–over the course of a five-year legal battle. Continued

ABACUS now available for DVD pre-order; returns to Chicago

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the newest film by director Steve James is now available to pre-order on DVD for the special price of $19.99 (usually $24.99) until September 12! The DVD includes complete Mandarin subtitles. Pre-order Abacus on DVD here! Abacus has had an extremely successful theatrical run through PBS Distribution, holding for six consecutive weeks at the IFC Center in New York City and earning extended runs in the following cities: Berkeley, Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco and London; as well as a return engagement in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center beginning August 4! Abacus returns to the Gene Siskel Film Center for a week-long engagement, running August 4-10. Continued

Edith+Eddie, Abacus head to Kosovo for DokuFest

Both Edith+Eddie and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail are official selections for the 2017 DokuFest taking place in Pritzren, Kosovo, August 4-12. Both films have been extremely successful on the festival circuit thus far, with DokuFest's announcement coming on the heels of Edith+Eddie's win at the 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film earned the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short, taking home a $2,000 cash prize and eligibility to submit to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration. Continued

Abacus has UK premiere in London; earns extended run

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the newest film by director Steve James earned an extended run at Bertha DocHouse in London, after a successful UK Premiere and week-long theatrical engagement at the theater. Abacus will play at the Bertha DocHouse through Thursday, July 20th. Tickets HERE. Director Steve James joined audience members via Skype on opening night for a post-screening Q&A. Steve James is live in the Bertha DocHouse screen. Don't miss his new film Abacus playing all week! pic.twitter.com/HQFllPqPj4 Continued

Abacus earns extended runs in NYC, San Francisco and Berkeley; opens this weekend in Chicago, Boston and Philly

A film as unflinching and fierce as its protagonists, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail has earned extended theatrical runs in New York City at the IFC Center (for the 5th consecutive week), San Francisco at the Opera Plaza Cinema and Berkeley at the Shattuck Cinemas. The film opens this Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston and Ritz Bourse in Philadelphia. Find details and ticket links here: www.abacusmovie.com/events Continued

Abacus earns rave reviews ahead of theatrical premiere at IFC Center in NYC

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the latest release by director Steve James, has garnered wide acclaim in anticipation of its theatrical premiere tomorrow, May 19 at the IFC Center in New York City. Director Steve James and the Sung family will be present all opening weekend, participating in Q&A's post-screenings. Full opening weekend schedule: Friday, May 19 - 6:20PM: Showing followed by Q&A with James and the Sung family, moderated by Heidi Ewing Friday, May 19 - 8:25PM: Introduction by James and the Sung family Saturday, May 20 - 6:20PM: Showing followed by Q&A with James and the Sung family, moderated by Morgan Spurlock Saturday, May 20 - 8:25PM: Showing followed by Q&A with James and the Sung family, moderated by Ursula Liang Continued

Abacus wins Audience Award at #SDAFF Spring Showcase

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail has quickly become a festival and audience favorite––nearly as popular with viewers as the Sung family themselves. On Thursday, Abacus won the Audience Award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase. In a statement, director Steve James said: "We are thrilled to win this award tonight. I am sorry I can't be there in person to accept it. Winning this award at your festival, devoted to telling much needed stories about the Asian community, is especially gratifying. We want to thank the festival for programming our film and especially the Sung family, whose courage, humor and grace is such an inspiration to us and audiences." Continued

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