Once a month we gather members of the Kartemquin community together for the critique and discussion of a work-in-progress by an independent filmmaker. These intimate feedback sessions are open for incomplete projects at any stage of production, whether short fundraising demos or feature-length rough/fine cuts. This free program has helped over 150 projects progress towards completion. Films that have participated have gone on to premiere at festivals including Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, SXSW, Hot Docs, Full Frame, DOC NYC, Vienna International Film Festival, and True/False, and to be broadcast on Netflix, PBS (POV, Independent Lens, and America Reframed), OWN, and the Sundance Channel.
Notable titles that have been through our process include Making a Murderer; Edith+Eddie, Quest; Louder Than a Bomb; What’s the Matter With Kansas?; The Prison in 12 Landscapes; Shot in the Dark; Scrappers; ¡Las Sandinistas!; Andrew Bird: Fever Year; and The Blood is at the Doorstep. See a full list below.
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At least two members of Kartemquin staff will review all submitted proposals. You will be contacted within 3-4 weeks of submitting to begin scheduling the screening. We regret that due to demand we cannot grant screenings to all applicants. Please note that often it takes 4-6 months from time of application until screening, so please contact us in advance!
1901 W Wellington in Chicago, IL 60657. This is not a theatre, but a private space within our production house. The max seating capacity is around 35 people, and we screen on a large projector screen. Upon request, KTQ will work to make your lab screening accessible by hosting at another location. For accessibility requests, please contact Community Coordinator Abbie Brewer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kartemquin staff, producers and close associates (usually between 15-25+ attend). Screening filmmakers are also welcome to invite attendees.
The KTQ Labs program is free to all participants. We request that films that have participated in the Labs program acknowledge “Special Thanks to KTQ Labs: Feedback Screenings Program” with a KTQ logo in the final credits. This helps us to garner support of the program so we can continue offering the service at no cost.
Blu-Ray, DVD or Quicktime file.
We ask that you arrive 20-30 minutes before the scheduled start time. You are welcome to bring refreshments, surveys, questionnaires, handouts etc. After we view the film, we will circle our chairs and open up the floor to a discussion of feedback, comments, and questions. We record each feedback session and send you a copy of the recording after the screening. Please anticipate approximately 45 minutes for feedback.
After the screening
We will ask you to complete a short survey about the experience. We will also provide an audio recording of your feedback session.
Previous KTQ Labs Participants
The Field, dir: Tom Desch // Last Man Fishing, dir. JD Schuyler // How to Build a School in Haiti, dir. Jack Newell // A Destruction, dir. Urooj Yazdani // Finding Yingying, dir. Jiayan "Jenny" Shi // After the Fire, dirs. Derek Knowles & Spencer Seibert //
Rukus, dir. Brett Hanover // Born in the Struggle, dir. Kamasai Hill // Pat Shaw Was Romeo 9, dir. Jonathan Spangler // The Area , dir. David Schalliol // Uninsurable , dir. Clare Austen-Smith // Kali Yuga Chants , dir. Nilima Abrams // We Come From Gary and Accident, dir. Dan Rybicky // Grace, dir. Rachel Pikelny // ReeLabs at the Chicago Reel Abilities Film Festival, various directors // G. Force, dir. Pamela Sherrod Anderson // Seasons of Change on Henry's Farm, dir. Ines Sommer // Midnight Family, dir. Luke Lorentzen // ¡Las Sandinistas! dir. Jenny Murray // Unteachable, dir. Shuling Yong // The Blue Wall, dir. Richard Rowley
Paper Mountain Shredders, dir. Alex Houston // Bei Bei, dirs. Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt // Little Stones dir. Sophie Kruz // We Are Columbine // dir. Laura Farber // Two Together dir. Mina Fitzpatrick // Man Re-Made, dir. Justin Masouf // A Shot in the Dark dir. Dustin Nakao-Haider, // The Blood is at the Doorstep dir. Erik Ljung // Caviar Dreams dirs. Liv Dubendorf, Brian Gersten, Wei Ying // Home Truth dirs. Katia Hayes and April Maguire // Ground Wardir. Andrew Nisker // Edith and Eddie dir. Laura Checkoway // Quest dir. Jon Olshefski
The Summer Help, dir. Melody Gilbert // Among Wolves dir. Shawn Convey // I Voted?, dir. Jason Grant Smith // Farmer Veteran, dirs. Alexandra (Alix) Blair, Jeremy Lange, DL Anderson, Mikel Barton // The Work at Lake Volta, dir. Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman // Strange Attractors, dir. Julia Landau // The Invisible Patients, dir. Patrick O'Connor // The Prison in 12 Landscapes, dir. Brett Story
Last of the Lawsonomists , dirs. Susan Kerns and Ryan Sarnowski // Skate or Die, dir. Ryan Ferguson // Green Corps, dirs. Lance and Brandon Kramer // Samantha’s Amazing Acro-Cats, dir. Jacob Fering // Closed for Good, dir. Rachel Dickson // Diary of a Cyborg, dir. Jackie Todd // Transformers: The Premake, dir. Kevin B. Lee // The Area , dirs. Brian Ashby and David Schalliol // Foreign Puzzle, dir. Chithra Jeyaram // South Chicago: In Progress, dir. David Granskog // Daddy's Going to Prison, dir. Brit Williams // Monster in the Mind dir. Jean Carper // Sense of Place, dir. Mary Scherer // An American House, dir. Chris Trani
Your Name is My Name, dir. Peter Gelassi // The English Summer, dir. Orion Pahl // Sportswriter, dir. Patrick Lile // Swing Low, dir. Doug Clark // Buddhas of Mes Aynak, dir. Brent Huffman // Minding the Gap, dir. Bing Liu // Cotton Road, dir. Laura Kissel // Zhashagi (Echo Maker), dir. Steve Zieverink // Ole Miss, dir. Danielle Beverly // American Diner, dir. Isaac Wilhelm // Ty's List, dir. Ben Prawer // Birth of a Voter, dir. Wongjung Bae // Body (the) Image, dir. Hillary Bachelder // Remember Me Sue, dir. Melina Kolb // Bending Toward The Light , dir. Brad Pruitt
The Intimidator, dir. Jim Quattrocki // I Saw the Children Gather, dir. Cheryl Mitchell // Jens Jensen, dir. Carey Lundin // Zuluhoops, dir. Kristin Pischaske // Dancing with NED, dir. Andrea Kalin // How to Build a School in Haiti, dir. Jack Newell // Spilled Water (formerly Rise of the Phoenix), dir. May Tchao // Martin Luther King in Jerusalem, dir. Connie Field // Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, dirs. Brian Ashby & Leslie Buchbinder // Sleepover, dir. Lajwanti Waghray // Independent for Governor - An Idealist's Grueling Run in Razorback Nation, dir. Huixia Lu
Peace Has No Borders, dir. Dennis Mueller, White, Black, and Blues, dir. John Anderson // I am the Queen, dir. Henrique Cirne-lima // The Believers, dir. Clayton Brown // My Father's Hidden World, dirs. Ebsan Ghoreshi & Rebecca Solomon // Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What's Ours), dir. Kevin Fullam // Voices of the Adhan: Cairo, dir. Anna Kipervaser // Grass Widow / Sod Widow, dir. Sara Peak Convery // Solo Madres: Stories of the Families Left Behind, dir. Todd Looby // Rehab for Squirrels, dir. Tristan Hanson // For the Love of His Lamp , dir. Quinlan Kyp Johnson
Undocumented, Unafraid , dir. Taras Berezowsky // Eighteen to Life | Making a Murderer, dir. Laura Ricciardi // Float, dir. Phil Kibbe // The Parent Project, dir. Dinesh Sabu // Divide, dir. Maura Ugarte // Veins in the Gulf, dirs. Ted Hardin & Elizabeth Coffman // Jerry and Me, dir. Mehrnaz Saeed Vafa // Fever Year, dir. Xan Aranda // The Gluten Free Evolution, dir. Nancy Perlman // Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What’s Ours: Land Restitution in South Africa), dir. Bernadette Atuahene // Chess Hustlers, dir. Ethan Barnowsky // Bike Film, dir. Emily Thomas // Beyond the Drive, dir. Shu Ling Yong // David Simpson Film, dir. Lesley Onstott // Tony and Janina’s American Wedding, dir. Ruth Leitman
Louder Than A Bomb, dirs. Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs // Mark My Words, dir. Brad Pruitt // Beneath the Blindfold, dirs. Kathy Berger & Ines Sommer // Kite, dir. Dinesh Sabu // Grow, dir. Sarah Carlson // Hearing Images, dir. Matt Lauterbach // Mixing it Up: Voices of Cabrini, dir. Ronit Bezalel // Tony and Janina’s American Wedding, dir. Ruth Leitman // A Better Life dir. Adam Dick // Eleanor and the Timekeeper, dir. Danielle Wilmouth // Being Bucky, dir. John Fromstein
4H Kids, dirs. Amy Cargill & Lisa Gildehaus // Ear Worms, dir. Matt Lauterbach // No Sign of Foul Play // New Spirits, dir. Andrew Freer // The Stumpgrinder, dir. Nick Nummerdor // Night Bus, dir. Todd Lillethun // For Those About to Rock, We Educate You, dirs. Oleg Mokhow & Tim Ro // Without a Rebel// Mary Had a Little Lamb // Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away Home
American Cameraman, dir. Steven Ivcich // Hope Never Dies, dir. Mirko Popadic // Thrown Away, dir. Adam Novak // True Colors, dir. Bryan Walsh // Banging God’s Drum, dir. Johnny Silvey // An Alternative to Slitting Your Wrists, dir. Owen Lowery // The Atom Smashers, by 137 Films // What’s the Matter with Kansas, dirs. Joe Winston & Laura Cohen // No Half Steppin, dirs. Tom Bailey and Brendan Kredell // Hayloft Gang, dir. Steve Parry // My Brother’s War, dir. Shana East // The Regiment, dir. Matt Wittman
Garbage Man, dir. Yvonne Welbon // My Nana’s Kitchen, dir. Katie Weber // My Brother’s War, dir. Shana East // Highway Robbery, dir. Rusty Nails
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