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

Month of December: 50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin Store; KTQ: The Early Years Vol. 1-4 and #KTQ50 Book for just $50!

USE COUPON CODE: KTQ50 during the month of December and receive 50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin Store, including the newly released Saving Mes Aynak on DVD, the Almost There Special Edition DVD, which includes an Almost There Update and deleted scenes. All merchandise is 50% off as well! Additionally, we'll be offering all four volumes of The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years as well as a copy of the limited edition 50th Anniversary Book for just $50.00 (an $80.00 value!) Continued

SLIFF honors Gordon Quinn with Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award; celebrates #KTQ50

The St. Louis International Film Festival will be honoring Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn with the Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award in Documentary on Sunday, November 6th. In celebration of Quinn, SLIFF will be screening a preview of the work-in-progress '63 Boycott, as well as Kartemquin classics Trick Bag and Winnie Wright, Age 11. Continued

#KTQ50 Los Angeles retrospective begins this Friday with Raising Bertie LA premiere

Beginning this Friday September 16th and continuing through September 26th, the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the International Documentary Association (IDA) will host a 15-film KTQ retrospective at the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles. Kartemquin Artistic Director and Founder Gordon Quinn sat down with UCLA for an interview during which Quinn discussed the mission, values, past and future of Kartemquin. Find an excerpt below: Continued

"The highest form of non-fiction filmmaking:" Kartemquin NYC Retrospective Begins Today

Starting tonight, the Museum of the Moving Image will host Kartemquin's first ever New York retrospective, featuring 16 films covering each decade of Kartemquin’s 50 years. Get tickets here. The series has already drawn significant praise from the New York media, with some highlights below: "These movies collectively represent the highest form of non-fiction filmmaking, illuminating with consummate skill a range of true-life stories that, when combined into an event like this, illustrate so much about humanity in all of its forms." - Robert Levin, AM New York. Continued

A KTQ50 Double Feature at Comfort Station

On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 8:00 PM, Comfort Station (2579 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL), will host a FREE double bill screening of The Last Pullman Car and Trick Bag. The screening will take place outside on the Comfort Station’s lawn, weather permitting. The Last Pullman Car (1983) tells the story of how in 1981, Pullman workers found themselves in the midst of a fight not only for their jobs but the future of the American rail car industry. Trick Bag (1974) is a film about gang members, Vietnam vets, and young factory workers from Chicago's neighborhoods telling their personal experience with racism: who gets hurt and who profits. Continued

#KTQ50: Now We Live on Clifton for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, March 11th, the free KTQ50 film is Now We Live on Clifton (1974). Now We Live on Clifton follows 10 year old Pam Taylor and her 12 year old brother Scott around their multiracial West Lincoln Park neighborhood. The kids worry that they'll be forced out of the neighborhood they grew up in by the gentrification following the expansion of DePaul University. Continued

Revisit Kartemquin's "Collective Years" on screen and on DVD

Three classic Kartemquin documentaries from 1974 probing issues of gentrification, race, youth, and poverty in the Chicago neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Pilsen, and Gage Park, will be showcased at 2pm on Saturday, March 12th at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater. The free film screening and discussion, hosted by WTTW and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is part of a year-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin Films and the upcoming DVD release of The Kartemquin Collection Volume 4: The Collective Years. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Trick Bag for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, February 19th, the free KTQ50 film is Trick Bag. The film takes us into the Collective era: a period from 1970-78 when Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal added multiple members to the organization with the goal of collaboratively producing activist films. Members included Suzanne Davenport, Jenny Rohrer, Judy Hoffman, Teena Webb, Betsy Martens, Sharon Karp, Peter Kuttner, Richard Schmeichen, and Alphonse Blumenthal. Continued

Kartemquin and Fandor to Jointly Release Films

Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service for independent and international films, announced today that they will jointly release over thirty films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films, sixteen of which debut today. The move underscores Fandor and Kartemquin’s commitment to providing extraordinary cinema to an ever-growing audience of film enthusiasts. “I have greatly admired the remarkable work of Kartemquin Films for decades,” stated Jonathan Marlow, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Fandor. “We are absolutely delighted to add their phenomenal documentaries to the Fandor service.” Continued

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