We are pleased to report that tonight's inaugural KTQ Labs Spring Showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center is now SOLD OUT! We look forward to sharing some great films and conversation with all ticketholders, who are invited to join us from 7pm for a food and drink reception (empanadas for the bite-sized chunks of documentary!), before the films begin at 8pm. Thanks in advance to everyone who has supported this event. If you're attending - or even if you aren't - don't forget to follow the twitter conversation about the event via #KTQLabs. Continued

Rachel Pikelny on KTQ Labs, Louis Farrakhan's First-Ever On-Camera Discussion of "The Greatest"

KTQ Labs Spring Showcase is coming to the Siskel Center tomorrow, May 15th at 7 pm.  Four works-in-progress by Kartemquin filmmakers will be screened,  including The Trials of Muhammad Ali by Bill Siegel. Producer Rachel Pikelny sat down recently to discuss the film's unexpected interview coup: Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrahkhan's first-ever on-camera interview about Muhammad Ali. (Video produced and edited by Spring '12 interns Katie Prentiss and Ryan Gleeson) Continued

Comments submitted in DMCA exemption case

Without a DMCA exemption for filmmakers, many important documentaries currently in production could not be made. This argument is at the core of official comments submitted to the US Copyright office yesterday, which you can now read in full online.   The official comments are the first step in the case asking for a renewed exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would allow filmmakers and multimedia content creators to rip content from DVDs, Blu-Ray and digital video transmission (streaming video) for the purpose of "fair use" incorporation in their work. This would extend the victory for filmmakers secured in 2010 and protect the future of documentary film.   Continued