The Trials of Muhammad Ali screens this weekend at AFI DOCS

On June 20, 1967, Muhammad Ali, perhaps the defining athlete of the 20th century, was convicted of evading the United States draft by refusing to take part in the Vietnam Conflict. 46 years later, the political and cultural impact of that landmark court case comes to life in Bill Siegel’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Hailed by Dave Zirin (Sports Editor of The Nation), as “The best Muhammad Ali doc I've ever seen,” The Trials of Muhammad Ali is an explosive film that explores Ali’s choice to stand up for belief and conscience over fame and fortune. As William C. Rhoden writes in the New York Times, Ali's story is "a reminder that courage, honor and integrity are timeless." Continued

Democracy Now! interviews Kartemquin filmmakers Bill Siegel and Gordon Quinn about the film that presents “a new look at the boxing legend Muhammad Ali”

The Trials of Muhammad Ali Director Bill Siegel and Executive Producer Gordon Quinn appear today on Democracy Now! in a segment called, “The Trials of Muhammad Ali: Boxing Champ’s Refusal to Serve in Vietnam Was The Fight of His Life.” Director Bill Siegel talks about why he decided to make the film, and why “we never saw the best Ali in the ring.” “It’s a journey film that says as much about us as it does about him,” Bill tells Democracy Now! producers Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman. Continued

#DocYourWorld unites Chicago documentary community

Over 60 documentary makers across the fields of journalism, film, radio, and the web will present at #DocYourWorld, a 3-day Chicago symposium on all things documentary. Kartemquin filmmaker and Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Dan Rybicky (Almost There) created the conference, which features many of our films and filmmakers, including an exclusive sneak preview of clips from The Trials of Muhammad Ali. #DocYourWorld runs from April 16-18 at Columbia College Chicago and is free and open to the public. Kartemquin-related highlights include: Continued

Trials of Muhammad Ali Festival Poster & Press Kit Online

Check out the new poster for The Trials of Muhammad Ali, designed by Reid Compton. To download a full resolution version, please go here. Share it, pin it, post it, spread it however you like - ALI IS COMING! We're releasing this new poster in time for the film's upcoming festival run, beginning with the World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival April 26th & 27th (both screenings already SOLD OUT) and the Montclair Film Festival on May 5th. More worldwide festival dates are confirmed; we hope to be able to announce them soon. Continued

Trials of Muhammad Ali world premiere sells out in 2 hours

The world premiere screenings of The Trials of Muhammad Ali at Tribeca Film Festival are sold out. Individual tickets for AmEx card holders went on sale this morning at 9am ET. Despite the festival's website crashing and phone lines being jammed, less than 2 hours later all tickets for the screenings of April 26th and April 27th were completely sold out. We are delighted that there is so much enthusiasm for our next release! The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a Kartemquin documentary exploring Ali’s lifelong journey of spiritual transformation and covers his toughest bout, his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing military service during Vietnam, sacrificing fame and fortune on faith and conscience. Continued

TriBeCa World Premiere for The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Kartemquin's next documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali will world premiere with two screenings at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival this April. Directed by Oscar-nominee Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground), the film looks at Muhammad Ali's lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trials traces Ali’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. At each stage, the challenges Ali faces go far beyond the boxing ring and ultimately encompass issues of power, race, faith and identity that confront us all. Continued

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