KTQ Labs

Once a month we gather members of the Kartemquin community together for the critique and discussion of a work-in-progress by an independent filmmaker. These intimate feedback sessions are open for incomplete projects at any stage of production, whether short fundraising demos or feature-length rough/fine cuts. This free program has helped over 100 projects progress towards completion. Films that have participated have gone on to premiere at festivals including Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, SXSW, Hot Docs, DOC NYC, Vienna International Film Festival, and True/False, and to be broadcast on Netflix, PBS Independent Lens, the Sundance Channel. Notable titles include Making a Murderer; Louder Than a Bomb; What’s the Matter With Kansas?; The Prison in 12 Landscapes; The Atom Smashers; Scrappers; Andrew Bird: Fever Year; Quest; and The Blood is at the Doorstep. See a full list below.

Submission Process

Please complete our KTQ Labs submission form for consideration into this program Submission form: http://bit.ly/KTQLabsSubmit

For questions or comments, email ktqlabs@kartemquin.com

Selection Process

At least two members of Kartemquin staff will review all submitted proposals. You will be contacted within 3-4 weeks of submitting to begin scheduling the screening. We regret that due to demand we cannot grant screenings to all applicants. Please note that often it takes 4-6 months from time of application until screening, so please contact us in advance!

Screening Location

1901 W Wellington in Chicago, IL 60657. This is not a theatre, but a private space within our production house. The max seating capacity is around 35 people. We screen on a large screen TV or projector screen, depending on the number of attendees.

Who attends?

Kartemquin staff, producers and close associates (usually between 15-25+ attend). Screening filmmakers are also welcome to invite attendees.

Cost

The KTQ Labs program is free to all participants. We​ ​request that films that have participated in the Labs program​ ​​acknowledge “​Special Thanks to ​KTQ Labs: Feedback​ ​Screenings Program” with ​a KTQ logo in the final credits.​ This helps us to garner support of the program so we can continue offering the service at no cost.

Viewing Format

Blu-Ray, DVD or Quicktime file.

Screening day

We ask that you arrive 20-30 minutes before the scheduled start time. You are welcome to bring refreshments, surveys, questionnaires, handouts etc. After we view the film, we will circle our chairs and open up the floor to a discussion of feedback, comments, and questions. We record each feedback session and send you a copy of the recording after the screening. Please anticipate approximately 45 minutes for feedback.

After the screening

We will ask you to complete a short survey about the experience. We will also provide an audio recording of your feedback session.

Previous KTQ Labs Participants

2017
Ruckus, dir. Brett Hanover // Born in the Struggle, dir. Kamasai Hill //

2016
Paper Mountain Shredders, dir. Alex Houston // The State vs. Bei Bei Shuai, dirs. Marion​ Lipschutz​ and Rose​ Rosenblatt // Little Stones dir. Sophie Kruz // We Are Columbine // dir. Laura Farber // Two Together dir. Mina Fitzpatrick // Man Re-Made, dir. Justin Masouf // A Shot in the Dark dir. Dustin Nakao-Haider, // The Blood is at the Doorstep dir. Erik Ljung // Caviar Dreams dirs. Liv Dubendorf, Brian Gersten, Wei Ying // Home Truth dirs. Katia Hayes and April Maguire // Edith and Eddie dir. Laura Checkoway // Quest dir. Jon Olshefski

2015
The Summer Help, dir. Melody Gilbert // Among Wolves dir. Shawn Convey // I Voted?, dir. Jason Grant Smith // Farmer Veteran, dirs. Alexandra (Alix) Blair, Jeremy Lange, DL Anderson, Mikel Barton // The Work at Lake Volta, dir. Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman // Strange Attractors, dir. Julia Landau // The Invisible Patients, dir. Patrick O'Connor // The Prison in 12 Landscapes, dir. Brett Story

2014
Last of the Lawsonomists , dirs. Susan Kerns and Ryan Sarnowski // Skate or Die, dir. Ryan Ferguson // Green Corps, dirs. Lance and Brandon Kramer // Samantha’s Amazing Acro-Cats, dir. Jacob Fering // Closed for Good, dir. Rachel Dickson // Diary of a Cyborg, dir. Jackie Todd // Transformers: The Premake, dir. Kevin B. Lee // The Area , dirs. Brian Ashby and David Schalliol // Foreign Puzzle, dir. Chithra Jeyaram // South Chicago: In Progress, dir. David Granskog // Daddy's Going to Prison, dir. Brit Williams // Sense of Place, dir. Mary Scherer // An American House, dir. Chris Trani

2013
Your Name is My Name, dir. Peter Gelassi // The English Summer, dir. Orion Pahl // Sportswriter, dir. Patrick Lile // Swing Low, dir. Doug Clark // Buddhas of Mes Aynak, dir. Brent Huffman // Minding the Gap, dir. Bing Liu // Cotton Road, dir. Laura Kissel // Zhashagi (Echo Maker), dir. Steve Zieverink // Ole Miss, dir. Danielle Beverly // American Diner, dir. Isaac Wilhelm // Ty's List, dir. Ben Prawer // Birth of a Voter, dir. Wongjung Bae // Body (the) Image, dir. Hillary Bachelder // Remember Me Sue, dir. Melina Kolb // Bending Toward The Light , dir. Brad Pruitt

2012
The Intimidator, dir. Jim Quattrocki // I Saw the Children Gather, dir. Cheryl Mitchell // Jens Jensen, dir. Carey Lundin // Zuluhoops, dir. Kristin Pischaske // Dancing with NED, dir. Andrea Kalin // How to Build a School in Haiti, dir. Jack Newell // Spilled Water (formerly Rise of the Phoenix), dir. May Tchao // Martin Luther King in Jerusalem, dir. Connie Field // Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, dirs. Brian Ashby & Leslie Buchbinder // Sleepover, dir. Lajwanti Waghray // Independent for Governor - An Idealist's Grueling Run in Razorback Nation, dir. Huixia Lu

2011
Peace Has No Borders, dir. Dennis Mueller, White, Black, and Blues, dir. John Anderson // I am the Queen, dir. Henrique Cirne-lima // The Believers, dir. Clayton Brown // My Father's Hidden World, dirs. Ebsan Ghoreshi & Rebecca Solomon // Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What's Ours), dir. Kevin Fullam // Voices of the Adhan: Cairo, dir. Anna Kipervaser // Grass Widow / Sod Widow, dir. Sara Peak Convery // Solo Madres: Stories of the Families Left Behind, dir. Todd Looby // Rehab for Squirrels, dir. Tristan Steinfeld // For the Love of His Lamp , dir. Quinlan Kyp Johnson

2010
Undocumented, Unafraid , dir. Taras Berezowsky // Eighteen 
to Life | Making a Murderer, dir. Laura Ricciardi // Float, dir. Phil Kibbe // The
 Parent Project, dir. Dinesh Sabu // Divide, dir. Maura Ugarte // Veins
 in the Gulf, dirs. Ted Hardin & Elizabeth Coffman // Jerry and Me, dir. Mehrnaz 
Saeed Vafa // Fever Year, dir. Xan Aranda // The Gluten Free
 Evolution, dir. Nancy Perlman // Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What’s Ours: Land Restitution in South Africa), dir. Bernadette Atuahene // Chess Hustlers, dir. Ethan Barnowsky // Bike
 Film, dir. Emily Thomas // Beyond the Drive, dir. Shu
Ling Yong // David Simpson Film, dir. Lesley
 Onstott // Tony and Janina’s American Wedding, dir. Ruth
 Leitman

2009
Louder Than A Bomb, dirs. Jon Siskel and Greg 
Jacobs // Mark My Words, dir. Brad Pruitt // Beneath the 
Blindfold, dirs. Kathy Berger & Ines Sommer // Kite, dir. Dinesh Sabu // Grow, dir. Sarah Carlson // Hearing Images, dir. Matt Lauterbach // Mixing it Up:
 Voices of Cabrini, dir. Ronit Bezalel // Tony and
 Janina’s American Wedding, dir. Ruth Leitman // Eleanor and the
 Timekeeper, dir. Danielle Wilmouth // Being 
Bucky, dir. John Fromstein

2008
4H Kids, dirs. Amy Cargill & Lisa 
Gildehaus // Ear Worms, dir. Matt Lauterbach
 // No Sign of Foul Play // New Spirits, dir. Andrew Freer // The Stumpgrinder, dir. Nick Nummerdor // Night Bus, dir. Todd 
Lillethun // For Those About to Rock, We Educate 
You, dirs. Oleg Mokhow & Tim Ro // 
 Without a Rebel// Mary Had a Little Lamb // Ladybird,
Ladybird, Fly Away Home

2007
American 
Cameraman, dir. Steven Ivcich // Hope Never Dies, dir. Mirko
 Popadic // Thrown Away, dir. Adam Novak // True Colors, dir. Bryan Walsh // Banging God’s Drum, dir. Johnny Silvey // An Alternative to Slitting Your Wrists, dir. Owen Lowery // The Atom Smashers, by 137 Films // What’s the Matter 
with Kansas, dirs. Joe Winston & Laura Cohen // No Half Steppin, dirs. Tom Bailey 
and Brendan Kredell // Hayloft Gang, dir. Steve Parry // My 
Brother’s War, dir. Shana East // The Regiment, dir. Matt Wittman

2006
Garbage
 Man, dir. Yvonne Welbon // My Nana’s Kitchen, dir. Katie Weber // My Brother’s
 War, dir. Shana East // Highway Robbery, dir. Rusty Nails

Keep in Touch

We would also love to hear from you as your film screens to audiences, enters festivals, and wins awards! Please contact ktqlabs@kartemquin.com with updates.

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