Farewell 2014; Hello 2015!

A record-breaking year for Kartemquin saw six of our documentary projects have world premieres in 2014: Life Itself at Sundance Film Festival in January. The Homestretch at Hot Docs in April. On Beauty at Chicago International Film Festival in October. The School Project simultaneously on the web, TV and with a live event at Chicago History Museum in October. Almost There at DOC NYC in November. Saving Mes Aynak at IDFA in November. Continued

More awards for Life Itself!

Life Itself has continued its run of year-end acclaim, garnering a nomination for Best Documentary of 2014 from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and also the following distinctions: Winner: Best Documentary - Chicago Film Critics Association. Winner: Best Documentary - Online Film Critics Association. Winner: Best Documentary - Washington DC Area Film Critics. Winner: Best Documentary - African-American Film Critics Association. Winner: Best Documentary - New York Online Film Critics. Winner: Best Documentary - Boston Online Film Critics. Winner: Best Documentary - Indiana Film Journalists Association. Runner-up: Best Documentary - Los Angeles Film Critics. Nominee: Best Documentary - Detroit Film Critics Society. Nominee: Best Documentary - St. Louis Film Critics. Nominee: Best Documentary - Phoenix Film Critics. Continued

Oscar Shortlist, CNN air date and National Board of Review Award for Life Itself

Life Itself has been named on the Academy Awards shortlist for Best Documentary Feature. Today CNN also announced that January 4th, 9pm ET will see the broadcast television premiere of the film, which depicts the life and last days of Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert. Life Itself was also honored today as Best Documentary of the year by the National Board of Review, and was yesterday nominated for Best Documentary of the year by the Producers Guild of America. Continued

Life Itself nominated for Gotham Award

The Gotham Independent Film Awards have nominated Life Itself for selection as the Best Documentary of 2014. We are very honored to have the film recognized for this award, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). The awards ceremony is December 1st at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, NY. The other Best Documentary nominees were Actress, Citizenfour, Manakamana, and Point and Shoot. Life Itself first premiered to wide acclaim at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and has played at Cannes, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Telluride, and a host of other festivals, including a special screening just yesterday at Roger Ebert's hometown Chicago International Film Festival, which was attended by Chaz Ebert and the film's director, Steve James. Continued

Kartemquin at the Chicago International Film Festival

There are many opportunities to see Kartemquin films here in our beloved Chicago this October. These include the world premieres of On Beauty and The School Project, and a special Chicago International Film Festival screening of Life Itself. The late addition of Life Itself to the 50th Chicago Film Festival, which begins today, was just announced this week along with a new award that will be named after Roger Ebert. Life Itself director Steve James and star Chaz Ebert will both attending the screening on October 22nd. Read more about it here, and get tickets here. Continued