Episode Two of The School Project set for January 22

The second episode of The School Project, a six-part documentary series on public education released in segments over the 2014-2015 school year, will premiere at The University of Chicago's Logan Center at 6:30pm on January 22nd, 2015. The free, public event (RSVP requested) will include a screening of "Chicago Public Schools: Closed,” as well as a presentation on new findings from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research on where the 10,000 students affected by the 2013 closings ended up and why. A subsequent panel discussion moderated by Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun-Times will engage the audience in a conversation about the school closings and what Chicagoans can do moving forward. Continued

Watch a first teaser trailer for The School Project

The School Project, a new documentary series that focuses on the public education system in Chicago, launches on October 28th simultaneously with a live event, online release via http://www.schoolprojectfilm.com and the website of the Chicago Sun-Times, and broadcast on two Chicago public TV stations, WTTW and CAN-TV. Along with its hybrid distribution, The School Project is notable for being an unprecedented collaboration between Chicago production companies and media institutions in documenting perhaps the most volatile issue of the city's recent political history. The collaborators are Free Spirit Media, Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, Media Process Group, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, and producers Rachel Dickson and Melissa Sterne. Outreach partners include WTTW/Channel 11, the Chicago Sun-Times, Catalyst Chicago, the Chicago History Museum and Ebony.com. Continued

Kartemquin at the Chicago International Film Festival

There are many opportunities to see Kartemquin films here in our beloved Chicago this October. These include the world premieres of On Beauty and The School Project, and a special Chicago International Film Festival screening of Life Itself. The late addition of Life Itself to the 50th Chicago Film Festival, which begins today, was just announced this week along with a new award that will be named after Roger Ebert. Life Itself director Steve James and star Chaz Ebert will both attending the screening on October 22nd. Read more about it here, and get tickets here. Continued

World Premiere announced for The School Project series

October 28th will see the multi-platform world premiere of The School Project, an unprecedented collaboration between Chicago production companies in documenting perhaps the most volatile issue of the city's recent political history. Examining public education after the fallout from the city’s historic closing of 49 public schools, The School Project, a six-part series of 10-minute segments, will launch with a free public screening and discussion at the Chicago History Museum on Tuesday, October 28. The series’ interactive website will launch simultaneously at http://www.schoolprojectfilm.com, and air on Chicago's PBS station. Continued