An exclusive sneak peek at Prisoner of Her Past

The trailer for Kartemquin's new 2010 release Prisoner of Her Past will be made exclusively available this week to subscribers to the Kartemquin newsletter. If you'd like to be the among the first to see the trailer, please sign up here. All new sign-ups this week will be sent the newsletter containing a link to the video and a password to enter. There's also an exclusive interview with Steve James on his new film No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson and a review of new DVD Taylor Chain Parts I & II. Don't miss out!   Continued

Amnesty International Human Rights Arts Festival to showcase Kartemquin films

Kartemquin Films will share a collection of activist documentaries, including Labor Stories, Taylor Chain I & II, Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes, and new 2010 feature Prisoner of her Past, at the first ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland during April 23-25th 2010. Kartemquin's Jerry Blumenthal and Judy Hoffman will attend. Screening times are as follows: Prisoner of Her Past (4/24, 12pm) Continued

Prisoner of Her Past North American Premiere announced

Kartemquin is pleased to confirm the North American premiere of Prisoner of Her Past at the 2010 Big Sky Film Festival, in Missoula, Montana, at 1.30pm on February 14th. The film, directed by Gordon Quinn, is based on Chicago Tribune Jazz critic Howard Reich's book The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich: A Son's Memoir. It will screen as part of the 'New Doc City: Non-Fiction Films From Around the World' section of the festival. Continued

Listen to Howard Reich discussing Prisoner of Her Past

Kartemquin's long-awaited documentary about late-onset post-traumatic stress disorder, Prisoner of Her Past, will finally be playing festivals and screening to the public in 2010. The film is based on The Chicago Tribune Jazz critic Howard Reich's book The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich: A Son's Memoir. In the meantime, click here to listen to a Pritzker Military Library podcast interview with Howard Reich from 2008 discussing working with Kartemquin on the film. Continued

Prisoner of Her Past awarded Illinois Arts Council Grant

We are excited to announce that the Illinois Arts Council has awarded Kartemquin Educational Films a grant of $7,970 for support of the feature length documentary Prisoner of Her Past.  The film will tell the story of Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich's journey to uncover his mother's childhood during World War II in order to understand why she is reliving it 60 years later.  We are grateful for the support. Continued

Sad Kartemquin News

Today we mourn the loss of John Callaway, a brilliant journalist and dear friend to Kartemquin Films.  John was a vocal champion of Kartemquin's mission, and over the last few years was an irreplaceable, force-of-nature advocate for our work in progress, Prisoner of Her Past. John died yesterday of a heart attack.  He was 72.  You can read more about his legacy in The Chicago Tribune.  Or, listen to an interview with John and a remembrance of his life on WBEZ. Continued