Chicago's film community gathers to honor Roger Ebert; Kartemquin among 21 recipients of Ebert Foundation grant

On Tuesday, April 4, members of Chicago's film community, charity leaders and Chicago figures gathered outside of the Chicago Theatre to honor the late film critic Roger Ebert, who passed away on April 4, 2013. It was in that same spot outside of the Chicago theatre that Ebert delivered his famous quote about movies functioning as machines that generate empathy. Both Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn and director Steve James (director of the 2014 Life Itself) spoke as tribute to Ebert. Kartemquin was honored to receive one of 21 $1,000 grants awarded by the Ebert Foundation to organizations that are working to improve the lives of Chicagoans and advance the arts. 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

The most-watched Kartemquin films of 2016

In honor of our 50th Anniversary Year, we streamed every Kartemquin Film for free, week by week, all year. Our films were watched by viewers in 49 countries around the world. Here are the top eight films that viewers watched most: 8. Trick Bag (1974) A classic from Kartemquin's early years, Trick Bag features gang members, Vietnam vets and young factory workers from Chicago's neighborhoods sharing their personal experiences with racism: who gets hurt and who profits. The project grew out of Peter Kuttner's association with Rising Up Angry, a radical working-class organization, many of whose members are featured in the film. Continued

Steve James and STEVIE to headline IDA's Getting Real 2016

Steve James will be a keynote speaker and host a screening of his classic documentary Stevie at the 2016 Getting Real conference, a biennial gathering of the documentary world hosted by the International Documentary Association and the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts & Sciences, to be held September 26-29 in Los Angeles. The IDA and AMPAS revealed the full schedule for the conference today, announcing James as a headline speaker along with Ava DuVernay, who was featured in Life Itself. Also participating at Getting Real will be Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn, and Tim Horsburgh, Kartemquin's Director of Communications and Distribution. Continued

Kartemquin Films Nominated for Three 2016 Emmy Awards

Congratulations are in order to the Kartemquin Films family! Today, the nominees for the 37th annual News & Documentary Emmy® awards were announced, and two Kartemquin Films, Life Itself and The Homestrech, are in contention. Life Itself was nominated twice – for Best Documentary (Director Steve James, Producers Zak Piper and Garrett Basch, Executive Producers Kat White, Mark Mitten, Michael Ferro, Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn, Steve Zallian and Martin Scorsese, aired on CNN Films) and for Outstanding Editing: Documentary And Long Form (Editors Steve James and David E. Simpson). Continued

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