Xan Aranda selected for NALIP residency

Kartemquin producer Xan Aranda, currently working with us on Mormon Movie (working title), has been selected for the inaugural National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Artist Retreat Center (ARC) for Women Filmmakers of Color Residencies Program for Sept. 13-21, 2014. Xan will join 11 other exceptional women filmmakers of color to workshop their projects at a private 100-acre farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont during prime New England Foliage Viewing Season. This residency begins with a strategic artistic envisioning workshop, then allows each artist uninterrupted time to work in an inspiring environment with a nightly workshop of each artists' film. Get more details. Continued

Get advice on crowdfunding and interactive storytelling from KTQ filmmakers and staff

Chicago Filmmakers is offering three free workshops this March featuring "local industry leaders in association with the 2014 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund." A bevy of Kartemquin staff, producers and KTQ Labs graduates will be offering advice at the sessions. Check out the details, presenters and featured films below: NET VIRALITY: Getting It Seen Sunday, March 2nd // 11AM - 2PM Continued

Spring Showcase is Sold Out!

This Sunday, May 19, a lucky few Kartemquin fans will be in the audience giving their feedback on 4 of our new documentaries at the 2013 Kartemquin Spring Showcase. We are delighted to announce that this event is already sold out! The Chicago Sun-Times spoke to the filmmakers ahead of the event, noting that gathering "audience input" has always been a tenet of our production model. This year's showcase will feature premieres of footage from Cooked, Continued

Spring Showcase directors preview their sneak previews

Ahead of the 2013 Kartemquin Spring Showcase, the directors and producers involved have all recorded videos that offer a little preview discussion of the exclusive, world premiere sneak peeks they will be showing this Sunday, May 19, 5pm at Gene Siskel Film Center (get tickets). The event will offer the audience a forum for intimate discussion of the following works-in-progress: Cooked, The Homestretch, Mormon Movie, and American Arab. Continued

Kartemquin previews four new films at “Spring Showcase” at Gene Siskel Film Center May 19

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Kartemquin Spring Showcase! Enjoy exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from four of our upcoming documentaries, and give your feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and in a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into our process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this annual event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. Get tickets. Continued

Mormon Movie Receives Sage Foundation Funding

Xan Aranda, producer/director of Mormon Movie, is "humbled and honored, thrilled" to have received a $50,000 grant from the Sage Foundation in support of what she describes as a "gathering year" of production for the film. "We approached the Sage Foundation fresh from the film's wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, letting them know we'd not only raised over $26,000, but also come away with an exciting sense of public interest in - and support for - the project," said Aranda. "It was our hope that the Sage Foundation would step forward as the major engine behind the film's strength during 2013, and they did. Because of the foundation, we will make major storytelling and fundraising strides this year. Impossible without them." Continued

They Shoot Indies, Don't They? Dance Derby for Mormon Movie

Filmmaker Xan Aranda continues a Chicago tradition and her own innovative fundraising strategy for Mormon Movie by hosting "They Shoot Indies, Don't They? Dance Derby Fundraiser Spectacular" at Chicago's The Hideout on February 2nd. You're invited. In fact, you would be mad to miss it. Just let us tell you one more thing about it to convince you: Ameena Matthews will be there, judging your moves. Here's more information from the Facebook event page: "It's not about skill. This is a dance party for everyone, with prizes. Wallflowers & witnesses welcome, celebrated. Continued

Help support Mormon Movie - by watching Andrew Bird: Fever Year

Xan Aranda, the director of Mormon Movie is offering fans an innovative way to support the production of her in-progress film - just by watching her first documentary, the acclaimed Andrew Bird: Fever Year. Premiering at the 2011 New York Film Festival (and being a KTQ Labs graduate before that), Fever Year has since played over at over 70 festivals worldwide (and counting), winning five awards and critical praise. But, due to the wishes of its mercurial, enigmatic musician star, the film will never be made available in theaters, or on DVD or digital VOD. However, over on the Fever Year blog, Xan is offering fans the opportunity host a private home screening of Andrew Bird: Fever Year for a handful of friends, just by making a $75 tax-deductible donation toward production of Mormon Movie. Continued