Kennedy Center to honor Bill T. Jones

Kartemquin would like to congratulate Bill T. Jones, subject of our upcoming film A Good Man, on being named as a 2010 Kennedy Center Honoree. The prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals who have made worthy lifetime contributions to arts and culture by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Center's Chairman David M. Rubenstein stated: "the inventive style and imaginative artistry of Bill T. Jones has had an invaluable impact on the varied landscapes of dance and theater." The other 2010 honorees are Sir Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman and Oprah Winfrey. Continued

Chicago Humanities Festival to host sneak preview of A Good Man

Mark your calendars for November 14 2010, when the Chicago Humanities Festival will host the first public preview of A Good Man. Kartemquin's upcoming 2011 film is about choreographer Bill T Jones' creation of Fondly do we hope... Fervently do we pray for performance at the 2009 Ravinia Festival. The film is a co-production with Media Process Group, ITVS, Americans Masters and Ravinia.A Good Man Co-Director Gordon Quinn and Janet Wong, Associate Artistic Director of the  Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company are already confirmed to attend for post-screening discussion. Tickets are available from the Chicago Humanities Festival. Watch the trailer for A Good Man and editor David E. Simpson discussing editing the film. Continued

New video: David Simpson editing workshop on A GOOD MAN

Check out the new video on the Kartemquin YouTube channel of David E. Simpson discussing his editing philosophy with Kartemquin interns and showing exclusive clips from our in-progress documentary A Good Man, about the award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones and his attempt to translate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln into modern dance. As part of our commitment to nurturing the next generation of documentary filmmakers, Kartemquin runs a respected internship program, featuring weekly educational workshops in which staff members and associates share their wisdom and experiences of working in the industry with the interns. We're also giving them the chance to cut their teeth on some of our web videos: this video of the workshop was filmed and edited by Spring '10 intern Lesley Onstott, who we think did a great job. A Good Man will air on PBS' "American Masters" in 2011, and is a co-production with Media Process Group and Ravinia. Continued

ITVS funds two new Kartemquin films

Kartemquin is delighted to have received funding for two in-progress films - A Good Man and The Interrupters - in the most recent round of funding from ITVS (The Independent Television Service). Read about the funding on the ITVS website. Kartemquin would like to congratulate all our partners on these two projects, which will both be completed in 2011. Read more about A Good Man and watch the trailer. Read more about The Interrupters. Continued

Bill T. Jones and Kartemquin Films in TimeOut Chicago and Chicago Sun-Times

In advance of tomorrow night's world premiere of "Fondly Do We Hope, Fervently Do We Pray" at Ravinia, TimeOutChicago published a short article on their experience of watching this landmark event being created back in May of this year. The Chicago Sun-Times' Hedy Weiss also today published an article featuring comments from Bill T. Jones and Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn. Of course, for the full story of how this important artwork took shape, stay tuned for Kartemquin's upcoming documentary, to be broadcast next year! Continued

Anticipation builds for A Good Man filming at Ravinia Festival

Excitement is escalating for the world premiere of acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones' "Fondly Do We Hope, Fervently Do We Pray" next week at Ravinia. The performances, on September 17th and 19th, mark the culmination of Ravinia's year-long celebration of Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial. They also entail a busy week for Kartemquin's filmmakers, who after months of recording the rehearsals and creative process will finally be capturing this momentous event for next year's film A Good Man. Continued