Xan Aranda brings "Mormons" to Kartemquin

Director/Producer Xan Aranda is in demand. Currently in production on her debut Kartemquin film, Mormons Make Movies, her new concert documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year was selected for world premiere at the 2011 New York Film Festival, and has screened with the Copenhagen, Denver, Chicago, St. Louis and Vancouver Film Festivals. Xan has been working with Kartemquin since 2007 on the films Milking the Rhino and Prisoner of her Past. Read about how Mormons relates her personal connection to the growth of the Mormon film industry, and why she chose to make this film at Kartemquin. Continued

Two Kartemquin Films now 50% off on iTunes

Award-winning Kartemquin films Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita and Milking the Rhino are available for purchase from iTunes at 50% off their regular price from now until October 17th! The promotion is part of the PBS Indies sale on iTunes.   Mapping Stem Cell Research is available on iTunes here. The Peabody award-winning film puts a human face on stem cell research through the story of Northwestern University professor Dr. Jack Kessler's search for a cure for his paralyzed daughter, Allison.   Continued

Milking the Rhino on WTTW this Thursday

Kartemquin's award-winning film <a href="http://" _cke_saved_href="http://" www.milkingtherhino.org"="">Milking the Rhino</a></em> will be broadcast this Thursday, July 21 at 10pm on WTTW 11 Chicago PBS. The broadcast is the fifth film in the Kartemquin <a href="http://www.kartemquin.com/45" _cke_saved_href="http://www.kartemquin.com/45">45th anniversary</a> series by Chicago's premier public television station. Check out a video of director/producer David E. Simpson introducing the film. <iframe width="512" height="308" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G3nBBZ1VY_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <em>Milking the Rhino</em> portrays rural Africans at the vanguard of community-based conservation, turning the cameras away from the wildlife and onto the lives of the humans who share the land with them. Continued

New York premiere for Milking the Rhino

After a successful PBS Independent Lens broadcast, over a hundred screenings worldwide, and multiple audience awards and film festival distinctions, Kartemquin's Milking the Rhino is finally hitting the Big Apple with a New York City premiere screening on March 17th. The screening is presented by The Horticultural Society of New York as part of their "Green Screen Film Series." Tickets are on sale now for members at $5, Non-members at $7 in advance, and $12 at the door. REGISTER ONLINE or email gpisegna@hsny.org for more information. Continued

What the American West can learn from Africa and Milking the Rhino

The African community conversation models portrayed in Milking the Rhino were recently cited as providing a potential lesson for Utah and the American West in a recent blog by Ed Meyer, an expert on rural economic development programs. In his guest post Lessons in Community-Based Conservation from Africa on the "Western Rural Development Center" blog, Mr. Meyer calls Milking the Rhino a "marvelous film" and calls for those interested in issues of community-based conservation to learn more about the film, and to provide him with any relevant examples of similar practices taking place in the United States. Continued

Milking the Rhino wins yet again!

Milking the Rhino has won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Kansas International Film Festival. As winner, the film will now receive a week-long theatrical run at the Glenwood Fine Arts Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas. The award schema rates films according to the average vote from audience members - meaning our beloved Milking the Rhino wowed a high percentage of the audience who saw the film and participated in the Q+A with the film's Associate Producer, Xan Aranda. Congratulations to all of the Milking the Rhino team on yet another festival award! Continued

Kartemquin docs continue to impact communities

At Kartemquin, we pride ourselves on the impact our films can make on audiences. Long after a film has played at festivals or on television, we hope that its quality will stand the test of time and that it will continue to move people to discuss the issues involved, and inspire them to take action no matter where they are in the world. Here are some recent examples of our documentaries stirring debate and meeting a positive response for their informed and engrossing depiction of complex subject matter. Continued

Kartemquin Films on Netflix

You wanted it, you got it. Here is a complete list of all the Kartemquin Films currently available on Netflix. With the films listed as "Save to Queue", if enough people add them to their queue, they become available for shipping. So help Kartemquin and do it now! Happy watching! Save to Queue Prisoner of Her Past Typeface   Watch Instantly and DVD Hoop Dreams Continued