Raise a glass for "Unbroken Glass"

"Drinks in Progress" with Unbroken Glass and Kartemquin Films 8pm, September 5th. Schuba's Upstairs Lounge 3159 N. Southport Ave. $25 admission Join the makers of Unbroken Glass on September 5th at Schuba’s for an evening of drinks and music and watch brand new in-progress clips of the film, which will be a future Kartemquin Films release. DJ Zak Piper will be spinning an unmatched selection of classic soul records. Entry includes one drink and a custom “Unbroken" pint glass. All proceeds will support the film. Continued

DCASE awards funds to Unbroken Glass & Almost There filmmakers

Two Kartemquin filmmakers have been awarded individual artist program grants by the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Both grants are for $4,000 each. Dinesh Sabu received funding for Unbroken Glass, his debut documentary. He will use the funds to continue working towards and assembly edit with editor Matt Lauterbach. "It's an honor to be one of the artists the City of Chicago has chosen to support," said Dinesh. You should also read his latest blog on the the process and perceptions of making a "personal documentary." Continued

Unbroken Glass receives Asian Giving Circle grant

We're excited to announce that the Asian Giving Circle has awarded $8K to Unbroken Glass for post-production and outreach. AGC, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary of giving this year, funded projects dealing with mental health and disability issues in the Asian American community. Unbroken Glass is about director Dinesh Sabu's journey to find out more about his deceased parents and his family's silenced history of mental illness. Continued

Illinois Arts Council Awards Dinesh Sabu

The Illinois Arts Council has awarded Kartemquin filmmaker Dinesh Sabu a grant of $2500 for Individual Artist's Support, to use on his debut documentary Unbroken Glass. Dinesh, a graduate of the Kartemquin Internship program, will use the funding to consult with Kartemquin's Senior Editor Leslie Simmer (editor on As Goes Janesville, In the Family, The War Tapes and more) this winter to integrate some of the more complex social issues Unbroken Glass tackles into the film's narrative. Continued

Opening up about Unbroken Glass

In a new interview with Medill Reports Chicago, Kartemquin filmmaker Dinesh Sabu reveals the story behind his in-progress documentary Unbroken Glass, how the personal film will tackle issues of family, grief and the stigma against mental illness. Watch the video interview here. Unbroken Glass is currently in the early stages of editing, with further shoots also planned. The filmmakers still need funding support to complete the project in the next year: http://www.unbrokenglassfilm.com/donate. Continued

KTQ Labs Spring Showcase Video now online

It's finally here! The compilation video of our KTQ Labs Spring Showcase is now on the web, edited by KTQ sumer '12 intern Hillary Bachelder. Whether you made it or missed it, check out a few teaser clips from the four in-progress films featured at #KTQLabs and hear some of the feedback from our sold-out audience at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Please share, let us know what you think, and be sure to stay involved with the projects: Living Revolution; Almost There; Unbroken Glass and The Trials of Muhammad Ali. They still need your support! Continued

Celebrating a successful KTQ Labs Spring Showcase

Tuesday night's inaugural KTQ Labs Spring Showcase was a great success - or at least, that is the feedback we received from the sell out crowd! The new event, which previewed four new in-progress Kartemquin documentaries and then invited audience responses, featured great conversation, insights into the filmmaking process and tasty empanadas. We can't wait to do another one soon! We've got video of the event which we will be posting online soon, but for now please enjoy our Storify recap and gaze at our facebook photo album. Continued


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