Abacus wins awards at Sarasota and Ashland!

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the latest film by director Steve James, enjoyed a triumphant weekend which included taking home the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sarasota Film Festival, and Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The weekend's highlights also included serving as the sold-out opening night film at the 20th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and screenings at the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Dallas International Film Festival as part of the film's 18-festival run during the month of April. Continued

PBS to bring Abacus to theaters nationwide from May 19

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by acclaimed director Steve James will be theatrically released beginning May 19 at the IFC Center in New York City before spreading nationwide. PBS Distribution has acquired the North American distribution rights to Abacus and has planned a robust spring festival campaign leading into the theatrical release of the film, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival where Abacus is the Opening Night Film tonight, April 6, at 7:30PM. See a full list of upcoming festival and theatrical dates at www.abacusmovie.com/events. Continued

Edith+Eddie; Abacus play to sold-out and enraptured crowds at True/False

Kartemquin's newest release, Edith+Eddie and the latest film by director Steve James, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail both enjoyed highly anticipated and enthusiastically-met runs at the True/False Film Fest, running March 2nd-March 5th. EDITH+EDDIE Edith+Eddie world premiered to a sold-out crowd on March 2nd, with Julia Reichert––director of A Lion in the House––describing the film as, "One of the most beautiful and quietly furious films I have ever seen." Praise for EDITH+EDDIE Continued

Edith+Eddie, Abacus head to True/False this weekend!

Kartemquin's newest release, Edith+Eddie world premieres tonight at 10:30PM at True/False Film Fest, with additional screenings on March 4 at 9:30AM and March 5 at 1:00PM. Directed, edited and produced by Laura Checkoway, the film tells the story of America's oldest interracial newlyweds, whose unusual and idyllic love story is threatened by a devastating abuse of the legal guardianship system. Press for Edith+Eddie: Continued

#CIFF41 honors Steve James with Director's Spotlight Award

Acclaimed director and long-time Kartemquin associate Steve James will be honored by the Cleveland International Film Festival with the festival's Director's Spotlight Award. Previous award recipients include the likes of Kurt Kuenne, Jan Hřebejk, John Sayles, Rolf de Heer, Freida Lee Mock, Todd Solondz and Goran Markovic. CIFF41 runs March 29-April 9 in Cleveland, Ohio. In honor of James, the festival will screen Life Itself, Hoop Dreams, At the Death House Door and his newest release, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. Continued

Newest Kartemquin release Edith + Eddie to world premiere at True/False

We're delighted to announce Edith + Eddie, a new Kartemquin documentary, will have its World Premiere at the 2017 True/False Film Fest this March 2-5. Directed, edited and produced by Laura Checkoway, the 29-minute documentary short follows Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison – America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their unusual and idyllic love story is threatened by a family feud that triggers a devastating abuse of the legal guardianship system. Checkoway will be in attendance for the screening. The film is produced by Thomas Lee Wright and executive produced by Steve James, Gordon Quinn and Betsy Steinberg. Continued

Abacus and Raising Bertie to screen in PIFF's Documentary Views section

Raising Bertie and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail head to the Portland International Film Festival this week to screen in the festival's Documentary Views section, aimed at offering a "fresh perspective on the world we live in and the fascinating people and stories that surround us Other films in the series include Academy Award-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Fire at Sea. Both Steve James, director of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Margaret Byrne will attend the screenings: ABACUS: Saturday, February 11 at 5:15PM Continued

Abacus sells out CIFF Chicago Premiere; Sung family continues to earn viewers' awe and admiration

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the latest film by director Steve James premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 18 to a sold-out crowd. Following the screening, members of the Sung family including Vera Sung, Thomas Sung and Hwei Lin Sung were met with an extended standing ovation as they took the stage with director Steve James and producer Mark Mitten. Below are some of the most memorable quotes from the post-screening discussion: "The meaning of the word 'justice' is how much you can afford...for individuals who are innocent, a lot of the time they've lost their liberty and some of them have lost their lives because of the indiscretion and use of power by those who have authority." –Thomas Sung Continued

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