Celebrating 45 years of Chicago storytelling

Kartemquin Films marks its 45th year with a celebration of the power of storytelling this Thursday, September 15th at The Metro.   The event is the first of many this fall in recognition of this unique and often unheralded indie film success story – best known for producing Hoop Dreams – including retrospectives by the Milwaukee Film Festival; the University of Chicago’s Doc Films; Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox cinema; and the Virginia Film Festival, in addition to an ongoing monthly showcase on Chicago’s WTTW11 PBS station.   Continued

A Good Man Chicago tickets now on sale!

A Good Man, the award-winning documentary that delves inside dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones's creative process, will soon be making its Chicago premiere!   We're excited to announce that the film will have a week-long run at the Gene Siskel Film Center from Sept. 23-29.  Reserve your tickets now!   The run gives Chicago audiences a sneak peek at A Good Man ahead of its world television premiere on November 11th  as part of the 25th anniversary season of American Masters on PBS. The evening’s presentation is part of the the first PBS Arts Fall Festival and is in collaboration with WTTW.   Continued

Honorable Mention for A Good Man at Woods Hole

A Good Man received an honorable mention for the Audience Award from the Woods Hole Film Festival, where co-director Gordon Quinn presented the film to an enthusiatic crowd last weekend. The film also received a positive mention in Filmmaker Magazine's coverage of the festival, which stated:   "In the very beginning of the film, what captured me was the beauty and gracefulness of the dancing, the powerful aesthetic movements of the dancers. A subject I know nothing about, have never had any interest to know anything about, yet I now found fascinating. But this is not a documentary about dancing, nor Abraham Lincoln, or even about Bill Jones. It’s about an artist’s struggle to make his art." Continued

Excitement, controversy building for A Good Man

A Good Man, Kartemquin's new film about legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, will screen this Friday at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Co-Director Gordon Quinn is attending, and will also be giving a presentation on "fair use" for documentary filmmakers (get tickets and info). Before the festival, Gordon was interviewed by Film Slate Magazine, stating that "One of the things that attracted us to the project in the first place was that Bill is someone who takes no prisoners. He’s intense, he’s emotional, he’s very willing to be controversial. He’s an artist."   Continued

Three KTQ films head to Ventura Festival

The Kartemquin documentaries A Good Man, Prisoner of Her Past and Typeface will all screen at the 2011 Ventura Film Festival in Ventura, California this July! Prisoner of Her Past screens at 2pm on July 11 at the Goodbar. A Good Man screens at 10am on July 13 at the Regency. Typeface screens at 2pm on July 13 at the Regency (with a Q+A with cinematographer Tom Bailey).Get tickets and the full schedule from the Ventura Film Festival. Continued

A Good Man Chicago premiere confirmed

A Good Man will have a week long theatrical run in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center from September 23-29. Further details are still to be confirmed but co-Directors Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn will be present for the premiere along with other crew members from Kartemquin and Media Process Group. The film about choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a dance-theater Ravinia Festival performance about the life of Abraham Lincoln screened twice this past week to sell-out crowds at the Silverdocs Film Festival. Critics also praised the film, with the Washington City Paper preview stating "there's plenty of meaty conversation as Jones & Co. Continued