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

Abacus to have European Premiere in Masters section at IDFA

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the latest film by director Steve James will have its European Premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the world's largest documentary film festival. The festival runs November 16-27. The film will screen in the Masters program section of the festival, which shows new documentaries by renowned documentarians. Abacus will be in the company of new films by Errol Morris, Claire Simon and Lucy Walker. James' short The Ride of Their Lives, made for The New Yorker Presents will also screen in the Masters program at IDFA. Continued

CIFF to host Raising Bertie Chicago premiere

Margaret Byrne's award-winning Kartemquin film Raising Bertie will finally screen in our hometown at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival on Sunday October 23rd, 2016. Announced today as a special presentation in the out-of-competition documentaries of the 52nd Chicago International Festival, Raising Bertie screens tomorrow in its Los Angeles premiere at the Billy Wilder Theater as the opening night of a 50th Anniversary retrospective of Kartemquin Films co-presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive and the International Documentary Association. Margaret Byrne and producer Ian Kibbe will attend. Continued

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