Kartemquin teaching in Michigan

This week Artistic Director Gordon travels to Michigan State University for two-days of workshops and master classes. Working with professors in the department of Communication Arts, Gordon will visit several courses, present on fair use, and teach a master class of his own. The class will cover a variety of topics ranging from documentary editing to ethics. During the visit Michigan State University will screen “At the Death House Door” followed by a discussion with Gordon, who executive produced the film. Continued

At the Death House Door receives honor

Last weekend Executive Producer Gordon Quinn and Co-Director/Cinematographer Peter Gilbert accepted the first ever outreach award from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty for At the Death House Door. The award, which recognizes the successes of noteworthy leaders in the field, was given during the Coalition's annual conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, following a screening of the film. Peter also participated on the panel "Using the Arts to Make Change Happen," speaking about his experiences mobilizing audiences to effect change with the film. Continued

Kartemquin and Full Frame

Kartemquin's Steve James will curate a series of sports films for Full Frame's 2009 thematic program, "This Sporting Life" . In recent years, Full Frame has screened James’ Stevie, Reel Paradise, and At the Death House Door, which received the Inspiration Award at the festival last year. James describes his involvement, “When Full Frame approached me about curating a series of sports films, it took me two seconds to say yes. Maybe it has something to do with a lifelong fascination with sports and film. And I’ve been a fan of how Full Frame selects a topic each year to do a series of films around. It challenges the viewer to engage with documentaries both thematically and historically, something that doesn’t happen enough in the festival world.” Get more information. Continued

At the Death House Door receives a DGA Award nomination

Kartemquin is thrilled to announce that Peter Gilbert and Steve James have been nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for At the Death House Door. It is Peter's third DGA nomination (he won in 1998 with Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn for Vietnam: Long Time Coming). It is Steve's second nomination, having previously won for Hoop Dreams. The winners will be announced at the 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Read more. Continued