Reminder- Terra Incognita screening this Saturday!

For those of you in Chicago who haven't yet had a chance to see Kartemquin's latest release, Terra Incognita, you're in luck! The film is screening this Saturday at the Chicago Cultural Center as a part of Independent Lens' Community Cinema program. The event is free and open to the public, and will conclude with a discussion of the film with filmmaker Maria Finitzo and Dr. Jack Kessler. December 15, 2007, 2:00 PM Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St. Read a capsule review in The Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum. Continued

Terra Incognita wins again

At an awards ceremony in Chicago on Sunday, Kartemquin's stem cell doc, Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, was awarded a Gold Hugo called "The Chicago Award" by the Chicago International Film Festival. Festival Competitions Coordinator Phil Bajorat explained the accolade, "As part of the Chicago International Film Festival’s special section focusing on local filmmakers, the Chicago Award is presented to a Chicago or Illinois artist for the best feature film, short film, or documentary. The Chicago Award applauds and celebrates the tireless efforts of regional talents who are devotees to the art of cinema and for their contributions to the medium." Director Maria Finitzo was at the ceremony to accept the award. Continued

Simpson in Session

Kartemquin Filmmaker, David E. Simpson, participated in the ITVS session during day 3 of the IFP Chicago Midwest Filmmaker Summit on Sunday. Simpson sat with Naomi Walker from ITVS and discussed his related experiences on his past film Refrigerator Mothers, and with his current ITVS funded doc-in-progress, Milking the Rhino. Naomi Walker is also presenting Kartemquin's Terra Incognita as a part of the Independent Lens' Community Cinema program in Chicago on December 15th. Continued