In memory of Norb Brylski

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Norb Brylski, a central subject of our 2009 film Typeface. Norb passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the age of 94. After serving in the Army Signal Corps during World War II in England and Norway, Norb returned home to Wisconsin and began a printing apprenticeship at the Franciscan Monastery in Pulaski and eventually opened his own print shop. When the print shop proved less than lucrative, he took his printing knowledge with him to the Hamilton Mfg Co. in Two Rivers where he worked in the wood type shop the entirety of his Hamilton career, before transitioning into one of the best loved volunteers at the new Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Norb was beloved by the filmmakers and other subjects of Typeface, many of whom still cherish wooden letters cut by Norb himself. Continued

12 Kartemquin Associates make Newcity Film 50 List: Chicago's Screen Gems

Newcity Film has named twelve Kartemquin associates to its Film 50 2016 List: Chicago's Screen Gems. This year, NewCity has devoted its list to honoring artists rather than producers, programmers and all-round facilitators: "It's essential to highlight bold figures who make work year after year, work that surprises or sustains, as well as supernovas who startle suddenly with vision or verbosity or vivid visuals or vital activism, and of course, those fresh-faced but hardly callow, protean people who you can't not watch as they invest themselves in capturing their moment and our moments in this toddlin' town today." –Ray Pride, Newcity Honorees include: Steve James, Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematographer Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Typeface for free all week

From today until Friday, August 12th, the free KTQ50 film is Typeface (2009). "A documentary has done its job when it inspires the viewer to take action. Typeface, a look at a printmaking shop in Two Rivers, WI, is a documentary that has not only begun to revitalize a tradition that is endangered, but has inspired similar films." — Jason Behrends, Debuting in 2009 as the opening event at Typecon and playing to rave reviews at film festivals and major design and art museums across the world, Typeface depicts the story of a museum in a little town in Wisconsin where a small group of people are not only trying to preserve the history of letterpress and wood block printing, but also are trying to revitalize it for a new millennium and a new generation. Continued

Doc Films to host Typeface screening and design discussion

Like the poster? Then you will love the film! As part of their Kartemquin Summer Series in honor of our 50th anniversary, the University of Chicago's Doc Films (1212 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637) will screen Typeface (2009) on July 28th at 7pm. This is the first screening in Chicago for several years of director Justine Nagan’s award-winning film about the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and we’re marking it with a special panel discussion about the intersection of modern design and traditional technique. Continued

Kartemquin opens up archives for historic exhibition

Ahead of our 50th anniversary celebration on June 24th at the Harris Theater Rooftop, we open our archives to the Chicago public with the exhibition “Kartemquin Films 1966-2016: Democracy through Documentary” opening on May 21st and running through August 20th at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60601). RSVP here to join us for the opening night reception and preview from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m on Friday, May 20. Continued

Justine Nagan Leaves Kartemquin Films to become Executive Director/Executive Producer of American Documentary | POV

Justine Nagan has been named Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) and Executive Producer of POV (Point of View), its award-winning documentary series on PBS, the AmDoc Board of Directors announced today. Nagan joins AmDoc | POV from the award-winning nonprofit production collective Kartemquin Films of Chicago, where she has been Executive Director and an Executive Producer since 2008. Nagan will split her time between AmDoc / POV and Kartemquin Films this fall to ensure a smooth transition and will relocate to New York with her family in December. Continued

Celebrating Five Years of Typeface

On Wednesday March 19th, The One Club, the industry-leading organization dedicated to promoting and recognizing excellence in advertising and design, will celebrate the impact of Typeface by holding a 5th anniversary screening of the film at The One Club headquarters in New York City. Typeface director Justine Nagan will introduce the film and invite the audience to participate in a lively discussion about the changing world of type and design afterwards. Get tickets here. Continued

Justine Nagan makes Crain's Chicago "40 under 40" list

Crain's Chicago has selected Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan for their prestigious annual "40 under 40" list of Chicago's "next generation of leaders." Justine, who has led Kartemquin for five years as ED, originally joined the organization as a volunteer/intern in 2003, after being inspired by seeing our films Stevie and Refrigerator Mothers. Under her guidance we have greatly strengthened our programs for filmmakers, fundraising and marketing, without compromising our production of quality documentaries (in fact, we've greatly increased that, too). Yet, Justine states that "the one characteristic every leader should possess is a sense of humility." Continued