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

Prisoner of Her Past and Lookingglass bring Survivors' stories to light

Scenes from Kartemquin's Prisoner of Her Past were recently shown alongside excerpts from the Lookingglass theater's acclaimed play The Last Act of Lilka Kadison as part of two Chicagoland events examining memory and the portrayal of survivors' stories in the arts. The events at the Spertus Insititute and Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (both venues that have previously hosted full screenings of Prisoner of Her Past) were well attended by audiences who hear both Producer/subject Howard Reich and director Gordon Quinn speak. Read more about the events in an excellent recap in the Skokie Review. Continued

Three KTQ films head to Ventura Festival

The Kartemquin documentaries A Good Man, Prisoner of Her Past and Typeface will all screen at the 2011 Ventura Film Festival in Ventura, California this July! Prisoner of Her Past screens at 2pm on July 11 at the Goodbar. A Good Man screens at 10am on July 13 at the Regency. Typeface screens at 2pm on July 13 at the Regency (with a Q+A with cinematographer Tom Bailey).Get tickets and the full schedule from the Ventura Film Festival. Continued

Prisoner of Her Past clips tackle ethics, secondary symptoms and treatment of PTSD

Last November, Kartemquin hosted a special screening of Prisoner of Her Past at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. Filmmakers Gordon Quinn, Howard Reich, and Joanna Rudnick were joined for a post-screening discussion by clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Oster and human rights activist Dr. Mario Venegas. It was lively and moving event, with discussion ranging from the ethics of documentary filmmaking to the symptoms and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder related to Hurricane Katrina. Continued

Howard Reich: Chicago Journalist of the Year

The Chicago Journalists Association will honor Howard Reich as "Chicago Journalist of the Year" at their 72nd annual awards ceremony this October. In announcing the award on their website yesterday, the Chicago Journalists Association specifically cited Howard Reich's work as a Producer, Writer and Narrator of Kartemquin's Prisoner of Her Past as being part of the reason for his win. Howard has toured extensively across the US and Europe with the film, tirelessly providing inspirational testimony on his mother's Holocaust-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at numerous screenings and educational discussions. We congratulate Howard on this most deserved award, and thank him for being such an unfailingly gracious ambassador for the film. From the Chicago Journalists Assocation website: Continued

Prisoner of Her Past in LA tonight

Prisoner of Her Past premieres in Los Angeles at 7:30pm tonight in a free, special event at the Museum of Tolerance. The film's subject Howard Reich and producer Joanna Rudnick will be joined by special guest panelist Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Institute Foundation for a post-screening discussion with moderator Lieb Gelb, Director of the Museum of Tolerance. The screening is part of the Museum's Holocaust Remembrance Week events. FREE with reservation required. Call 310.772.2498. Get more information. Continued