Abacus plays 'Best of Fest' at Camden IFF

Kartemquin will be well-represented at this year's Camden International Film Festival, with Abacus: Small Enough to Jail earning a place in CIFF's 'Best of Fest' program; Abacus director Steve James participating in the Points North Forum's The Verité Director workshop with Jeff Unay (THE CAGE FIGHTER); KTQ Internship grad Sebastián Pinzón Silva's short Palenque will screen in the fest's shorts program, and two #KTQLabs grads Shot in the Dark and Quest will screen at the fest as well (Shot in the Dark will open the festival).

Abacus continues a successful and sustained festival run, having garnered the Audience Award at the 2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival, the Audience Award: Best Documentary at the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival, and Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary at the 2017 Ashland Independent Film Festival––leading up to the film's national broadcast on PBS' FRONTLINE on September 12.

Abacus director Steve James will discuss the creative challenges of being a verité director with director Jeff Unay, including how to build deep relationships with subjects and distill the messiness of everyday life into a powerful character-driven story. The discussion takes place on Saturday, September 16 at 1:30PM.

Palenque by KTQ internship grad Sebastián Pinzón Silva and a 'rhythmic portrait of San Basilio de Palenque, the first town in the Americas to have broken free from European domination,' will screen in the fest's shorts program.

Additionally, Shot in the Dark, a #KTQLabs grad and Chicago story directed by Dustin Nakao Haider, will open the festival and #KTQLabs grad Quest will play the festival as well, continuing its sweeping festival run.

Find the festival's schedule here.