NEA awards Kartemquin 2018 Art Works grant

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is a recommended Art Works grant of $45,000 to Kartemquin Films towards our work deepening our focus on cultivating and serving diverse, Midwestern filmmakers who will enrich and enliven our industry. The grant will support the Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellowship, KTQ Labs program, and Kartemquin's continued active filmmaker support for 19 films currently in production or active distribution. (Pictured: Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn provides feedback during a KTQ Lab for the film A Destruction, directed by DVID graduate Urooj Yazdani Continued

Media Burn Archive unveils newly digitized Bridges and Boundaries: Chicago Crossings

This week Media Burn Archive unveiled a newly digitized collection of 100 tapes from our 1994 film, Bridges and Boundaries: Chicago Crossings. The collection is a result of an 18-month project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts––consisting entirely of materials never before seen by the public. In 1994, the Spertus Institute of Judaica brought together six Black artists and six Jewish artists to create new work for an ambitious art exhibition. The artists were given minimal constraints on what to produce, with only the guiding principle that the work should in some way connect to the exhibition’s overarching theme—the relationship between the Black and Jewish communities in contemporary America. Continued