Historic Kartemquin film showing this Thursday, September 8th, 6:00pm at The Gene Siskel Film Center

From The Chicago Reader: Urban Rural Wild: Chicagoland Gridded/Revised In conjunction with an exhibit of the same title opening at I Space on September 9, filmmaker Thomas Comerford curated this program of six films and videos on Chicago geography. The first film, Kartemquin Films' Now We Live on Clifton (1974) follows three young boys in gentrifying Lincoln Park; their mundane outdoor horseplay gains an acidic edge when one kid tells how "regular" families like his can't afford the newly rehabbed homes. Conrad O. Nelson's beautifully Halsted Street (1934) finds contrasts between rich and poor in the street's geography, and Brandon Doherty's The Presence of Absence (2002) makes still photos of vacant lots and decrepit buildings more haunting by animating them at various speeds. 70 min. Continued

Mark your calendar -- Kartemquin Retrospective this fall!

We are proud to announce the upcoming "Truth in Motion: A Retrospective of Kartemquin Films -- a tribute to Chicago's respected documentary film collective as they enter their 40th year." The retrospective will run at the University of Chicago from October 27 - November 12 and will include screenings, panel discussions and a Master Class. It is sponsored by The University of Chicago Human Rights Program, Franke Institute for the Humanities, The Center for Film & Media Studies and The Presidential Arts Fellowship with support from the Public Square and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More details to come! Continued

Milking the Rhino receives grant from MacArthur Foundation

David E. Simpson and Jeannie Magill's latest documentary, Milking the Rhino on the controversial issue of community-based conservation in Africa, has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation. David and Jeannie have just returned from a scouting trip to Africa with 30 hours of HD footage. They travelled to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. David is currently working with Himba and Maasai translators to prepare the footage for editing. A return trip is scheduled for November, 2005. Continued

In the Family begins first shoot, receives Illinois grant support

This summer In the Family launched production by filming a support group for women who tested for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer mutations. Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick, who participated in the support group, followed it up with a shoot with her family to explore their experience with testing. Currently, Joanna is working with genetic counselors to locate a woman and her family to follow through the testing process. In other news, The Illinois Humanities Council has awarded In the Family a $10,000 grant and invited Joanna to sit on the IHC's committee on genetics. The Illinois Arts Council has also shown their support of the project with a $14,000 production grant for the film. Continued