12 Kartemquin Associates make Newcity Film 50 List: Chicago's Screen Gems

Newcity Film has named twelve Kartemquin associates to its Film 50 2016 List: Chicago's Screen Gems. This year, NewCity has devoted its list to honoring artists rather than producers, programmers and all-round facilitators: "It's essential to highlight bold figures who make work year after year, work that surprises or sustains, as well as supernovas who startle suddenly with vision or verbosity or vivid visuals or vital activism, and of course, those fresh-faced but hardly callow, protean people who you can't not watch as they invest themselves in capturing their moment and our moments in this toddlin' town today." –Ray Pride, Newcity Honorees include: Steve James, Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematographer Continued

KTQ50 Gallery Talks are Back!

From July 20th several members of the Kartemquin community will be speaking at the exhibition Kartemquin at 50: Democracy through Documentary. The Exhibition is open daily, is free to all, and will run until August 20th, and is located at Expo 72 ( 72 E. Randolph St.) The exhibition features 50 years of equipment, documents and artifacts. In a recent blog post for PBS' POV documentary strand, Heather McIntosh writes that, "centered around themes of craft, community, and change, the curated items represent the organization’s history and ideologies, not to mention documentary history more generally." Continued

Kartemquin Films marks 50th Anniversary by announcing Fall Festival, New Fund for Filmmaker Support at #KTQ50 Birthday Party Event in Chicago

Retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles to Highlight Five Decades of Documentaries Nearly 1,000 Party Attendees Include CEO of PBS, Stars of Films and Directors from the Past 50 Years of Kartemquin, Elected Officials Not-for-profit documentary production collective Kartemquin Films, the Chicago-based producers of The Interrupters, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, marks the occasion of its 50th Birthday Party tonight to announce major retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles this summer, a new fund to support filmmakers, and a showcase for emerging midwest independent documentary makers this fall. Continued

Kartemquin opens up archives for historic exhibition

Ahead of our 50th anniversary celebration on June 24th at the Harris Theater Rooftop, we open our archives to the Chicago public with the exhibition “Kartemquin Films 1966-2016: Democracy through Documentary” opening on May 21st and running through August 20th at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60601). RSVP here to join us for the opening night reception and preview from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m on Friday, May 20. Continued

Grasshopper Film Acquires Kartemquin’s In the Game

In the Game set to screen at SXSWedu in March, Chicago Latino Film Festival in April Grasshopper Film has acquired the VOD and non-theatrical rights to In the Game, a documentary following four years in the life of a girls’ soccer team at a Chicago inner city high school, from producers Kartemquin Films and Peabody-award-winning director Maria Finitzo (Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita). The deal comes ahead of In the Game screening at SXSWedu 2016 on March 7, and in a special presentation at the 2016 Chicago Latino Film Festival on April 19. Continued

Hard Earned wins 2016 duPont-Columbia Award

Hard Earned has won a 2016 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, one of the highest honors in broadcast journalism. The filmmaking team will collect their 2016 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award at the ceremony on January 17 in New York City. The film is one of 16 documentaries and news reports across several platforms honored with Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award Silver Batons this year. The awards are seen as the broadcast journalism equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards praised Hard Earned by stating: "The immersive verité filmmaking of this six-part series invested viewers in the lives of the struggling working class by creating compelling human portraits. Continued

Hard Earned nominated for IDA Award

The International Documentary Association has nominated Hard Earned for the Best Limited Series Award at the 2015 IDA Documentary Awards. A landmark new 6-part series about getting by in America, Hard Earned originally aired on Al Jazeera's documentary series Al Jazeera America Presents in May and June. It will be rebroadcast on Al Jazeera starting November 22. The annual IDA Documentary Awards celebrates the best nonfiction films, programs and filmmakers of the year at the world’s most prestigious event dedicated solely to the documentary genre. The ceremony takes places on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in Los Angeles. Continued

International Documentary Association to honor Gordon Quinn with Career Achievement Award

The International Documentary Association (IDA) will present its prestigious 2015 Career Achievement Award to Gordon Quinn, Founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films. Gordon will receive the honor at the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards at Paramount Pictures' Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Previous winners of the illustrious award include Robert Redford, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Ricky Leacock, Albert Maysles, Frederick Wiseman, Henry Hampton, Robert Drew, Michael Moore, Marcel Ophuls, Jean Rouch, Walter Cronkite, and Bill Moyers. Continued

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