Episode 2 of America to Me airs tonight on STARZ, still 2018's best-reviewed original TV show

"Some documentary makers are adept at addressing the structural forces that govern society, and others are skilled at emotional, character-driven storytelling, but few do both simultaneously with the richness and precision of Steve James." – Akiva Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times The first episode of the 10-part docu-series from director Steve James premiered last Sunday, August 26 on STARZ not only to wide critical acclaim, but also marked the kick-off of a multitude of watch parties and episode discussions across the country – including at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Want to host a watch party? Learn more about the America to Me Real Talk social impact campaign here. Continued

America to Me kicks off 10-city tour, on Starz Sunday

America to Me, the 10-part documentary series from director Steve James, begins a nationwide 10-city tour tomorrow, August 24, in Atlanta, GA. The tour is part of the America to Me "Real Talk" civic engagement and educational outreach campaign launched by Participant Media alongside the release of the series, which premieres on STARZ this Sunday, August 26 at 10pm ET/9pm CT. The campaign aims to inspire dialogue and action around the issues of race and equity highlighted in the docu-series. Continued

America to Me premieres to sold-out crowds in Oak Park, Chicago

Audiences turned out in droves for two special preview screenings this week of the upcoming docu-series America to Me by Steve James. The series airs on Starz beginning August 26, 9PM CST. The epic 10-part series follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago's Oak Park and River Forest High School, one of the country's most exemplary and diverse public schools, over the course of a year as they grapple with decades-long racial and educational inequities – in addition to the challenges that today's teenagers face. The first-ever public screening in Oak Park of episodes one and two of the series took place on Monday, August 13th at the Lake Theatre, and was presented by Kartemquin Films, Participant Media, Starz, and Oak Park and River Forest High School. All 500-plus free tickets to the event were reserved in less than an hour. Continued

MNFF honors Steve James with Sustained Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award

Acclaimed director Steve James will receive Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival's 'Sustained Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award' on the closing night of the fest at 6:30PM on August 26. The fest will also screen James' 2018 Academy Award-nominated film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the first two episodes of James' upcoming Starz-acquired series America to Me, and Bing Liu's Minding the Gap (executive produced by James). Screenings: Saturday, August 25 7:15PM - Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Sunday, August 26 1PM - America to Me Sunday, August 26 4PM - Minding the Gap Continued

WATCH the trailer for America to Me; premieres on Starz August 26

Kartemquin is thrilled to share America to Me, which will make its US television premiere August 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Starz. The 10-part docu-series is created by Emmy® Award-winning and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) and produced by Kartemquin Films and Participant Media. Variety released the official trailer for the series this morning. You can also read about the series and view the trailer in the Chicago Tribune. Continued

Steve James announced as 2018 AFI DOCS Guggenheim Honoree

Kartemquin is thrilled to share that long-time Kartemquin associate Steve James has been announced as the 2018 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. Read the official release from AFI DOCS here. James will be honored on June 14 at 6:30PM at the National Museum of American History's theater, where episode one of the James' upcoming docuseries America to Me will screen. The evening will also include an in-depth conversation with James along with clips from his acclaimed works. Purchase tickets here. Continued

America to Me to world premiere at Sundance

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival will host the world premiere of America to Me, an epic 10-part series by acclaimed Director Steve James. A year-long immersion into one of Chicago's most progressive and diverse public schools, located in suburban Oak Park, America to Me explores America's charged state of race, culture and education today with unprecedented depth and scope. Sundance will show several episodes of the series as part of their new Indie Episodic section, which was announced today. The festival is in Park City, UT, running January 18-28. Continued

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