All The Queen's Horses Already Making Headlines

Upcoming Kartemquin production All The Queen's Horses recently appeared on the pages of The Chicago Tribune. In the April 8th edition of the Chicago Confidential column, Melissa Harris covers the history of the infamous financial fraud and filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope's production process. The documentary portrays the events surrounding the arrest of a Dixon, IL comptroller named Rita Crundwell for the embezzlement of $53 million of city funds. Harris drolly calls the film "the business school version of those anti-DUI educational videos shown in high schools" while highlighting the social utility of Pope's documentary. Additionally, she provides insight into Pope's unique viewpoint as a forensic accountant and associate professor at DePaul University. Continued

On Beauty wins again!

On Beauty has won the audience award for best short at the 2015 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. The award is the third straight festival award for the film, coming soon after the jury prizes for best documentary short at its last two festival showings: the Cleveland International Film Festival and the festival in Geneva, IL. On Beauty also won the audience award for best documentary at its world premiere week at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 2014. Continued

Kartemquin at the 2015 Lake FX Summit + Expo

Kartemquin Films is happy to announce its presence at the Lake FX Summit + Expo, running April 16 -19, 2015. Lake FX, organized by DCASE (the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) and presented by Google, is the region’s largest free conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs. Thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations are expected to come for keynotes by industry leaders, professional development panels and workshops, networking opportunities, music and film showcases, the Expo resource fair and a marketplace featuring local artisans. Throughout Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, from 10am-4pm, Kartemquin will have a booth and be presenting at the Chicago Cultural Center for the Lake FX Expo where visitors can come to find out more about our programs and work opportunities. Continued

Watch "Testing Season," Episode Four of The School Project

The School Project, a collaboratively-made transmedia documentary series about public education, has released its fourth episode. Testing Season explores the hot topic of high stakes school testing from the boycotts of 2013 to the implementation of the PARCC test rolling out this spring, and the grassroots movement to end "teaching to the test" in Illinois and around the country.The segment will launch simultaneously on the interactive website Continued

Celebrate the Hoop Dreams Blu-Ray with a Full Frame Exclusive

Our classic documentary Hoop Dreams is available today on Blu-Ray for the first time, courtesy of The Criterion Collection. Besides a wealth of extras, including essays by author John Edgar Wideman and filmmaker and critic Robert Greene (who states: "There isn’t a better argument for the social value of long-form nonfiction filmmaking than Hoop Dreams"), two separate audio commentaries with the filmmakers and subjects, and additional footage taken during the five year recording process, the blu-ray boasts an incredible high-definition digital restoration and a 4.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Continued

On Beauty Wins Cleveland Jury Award for Best Documentary Short

The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival has awarded On Beauty with the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short. This is the second film festival award in as many weeks for director Joanna Rudnick's film, following the Geneva Film Festival also honoring it with the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short. The film also won the Chicago International Film Festival's Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short at its world premiere in October 2014. Continued