Kartemquin: The Early Years Vol. 1-4 and Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Book


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From now until January 1st, purchase all four Kartemquin: The Collective Years DVD's for $50.00, including a limited edition booklet detailing Kartemquin's history over the past 50 years.

4-VOLUME SET: The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years
For over 50 years, Kartemquin Films has produced documentaries that examine and critique society through the stories of real people. Now, for the first time in history, you can own this four-part series and experience 10 of the classic films that marked the early years of Kartemquin Films! Initially motivated by the philosophies of Dewey that "artists are the real purveyors of the news," Kartemquin was formed amid the 1960s Chicago social issue film scene. Eschewing auterism, Kartemquin quickly evolved into a left-wing collective, sharing credits as they produced agit-prop works about labor struggles that were meant for immediate distribution, directly affecting the live issues.

Kartemquin Films: 50 Years of Democracy through Documentary is a gorgeous limited edition keepsake book charting the history of the Chicago documentary collective, focusing on their core values of Craft, Community, and Change. Created on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary Gala and the opening of an unprecedented exhibition, it is decorated with photographs drawn from Kartemquin's production archives. The book provides insight into the production and impact of key works such as Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and The New Americans, and also contains essays from founder Gordon Quinn and current executive director Betsy Steinberg.

To learn more about the four volumes included in this set, please click below:
The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years - Volume 1: featuring THUMBS DOWN (1968) and PARENTS (1968)
The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years - Volume 2: featuring HUM 255 (1969), WHAT THE FUCK ARE THESE RED SQUARES? (1970), and ANONYMOUS ARTISTS OF AMERICA (1970)
The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years - Volume 3: featuring MARCO (1970)
The Kartemquin Collection: The Collective Years - Volume 4: feature TRICK BAG (1974), VIVA LA CAUSA (1974), WINNIE WRIGHT, AGE 11 (1974) and NOW WE LIVE ON CLIFTON (1974)

Kartemquin Educational Films is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that has been making award-winning social-issue documentaries for over 50 years. Every purchase you make from our online store helps support our ongoing work. We appreciate your interest and support!