Kartemquin preview sells out. Twice!

Kartemquin's Typeface packed the Walker Art Center's 300-seat auditorium for two sneak-preview screenings on Thursday night. Director Justine Nagan joined film subjects Bill Moran and Greg Corrigan for discussions with the sold-out crowd following each screening. Editor Liz Kaar also attended on behalf of the film. Read some reviews in the blogosphere of the film at rozwoundup, alice patullo, daughternumberthree and Jerods Drawing Blog. Continued

More Kartemquin at the Chicago Humanities Festival

On November 9th, Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn will speak on a distinguished panel of documentary makers and programmers to discuss documentary filmmaking's rise in popularity and influence, and consider some of the inevitable questions that accompany it. Also on the panel are Tom Bailey, Typeface DP, and Johanna Zorn, executive director of the Third Coast International Audio Festival. The discussion will be moderated by Thom Powers, filmmaker and documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Stranger than Fiction series at New York’s IFC Center. More info. Continued

Looking for Democracy short film contest winners announced

Congratulations to grand prize-winners Brandon Hummons and Chris Frills for their short film “Hope in America,” and to finalists Dan Andries for his short film “Group” and members of Feel Tank Chicago for their short film “Twenty Reasons.” Honorable mention goes to John Birkner for his short film “Belleville Nights.” The “Looking for Democracy Short Film Contest” was co-sponsored by Kartemquin, along with The Public Square, the Independent Television Service, Independent Lens, Independent Feature Project (IFP) Chicago, Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV), and the Columbia College Television Department. Continued