Steve James earns DGA Award nomination for Abacus

Acclaimed director Steve James earned a nomination today from the Director's Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for his latest film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. This is James' fourth DGA Award nomination. He won in 2994 for Hoop Dreams, and was also nominated in this category in 2008 and 2011 for At the Death House Door and The Interrupters. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Continued

Abacus earns Best Political Documentary at 2017 Critics' Choice Awards

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James earned the Critics' Choice Award for Best Political Documentary last night at the 2017 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. Producers Julie Goldman and Chris Clements accepted the award on the film's behalf. Members of the Sung family, who were also nominated for Most Compelling Living Subjects, were present at the ceremonies as well. The film garnered three Critics' Choice Award nominations including Best Documentary, Best Political Documentary and Most Compelling Living Subjects. Continued

Edith+Eddie, Abacus head to DOC NYC

Edith+Eddie by filmmaker Laura Checkoway and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by director Steve James continue their respectively successful and award-winning festival runs – both traveling to DOC NYC, America's largest documentary film festival, running November 9-16. Three films that went through our KTQ Labs program will also have their NYC premieres at the fest, including Shot in the Dark, Samantha's Amazing Acrocats and Zero Weeks Abacus screenings at DOC NYC Continued

Abacus named to DOC NYC's Short List of Oscar contenders

Kartemquin is thrilled to share that Abacus:Small Enough to Jail earned a spot on DOC NYC's 15-film Short List of Academy Award contenders. DOC NYC is America's largest documentary festival. Historically, most DOC NYC picks do land on the Academy's official 15-film Oscar Short List. Thom Powers, DOC NYC's artistic director as well as documentary programmer for TIFF (where Abacus world premiered), oversees curation of the DOC NYC Short List of films. For the past four years, the Short List had nine to 10 titles overlap with the Academy's official Short List, with four to five titles going on to Oscar nominations. Continued

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

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