Revisit Kartemquin's "Collective Years" on screen and on DVD

Three classic Kartemquin documentaries from 1974 probing issues of gentrification, race, youth, and poverty in the Chicago neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Pilsen, and Gage Park, will be showcased at 2pm on Saturday, March 12th at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater. The free film screening and discussion, hosted by WTTW and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is part of a year-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin Films and the upcoming DVD release of The Kartemquin Collection Volume 4: The Collective Years. Continued

Grasshopper Film Acquires Kartemquin’s In the Game

In the Game set to screen at SXSWedu in March, Chicago Latino Film Festival in April Grasshopper Film has acquired the VOD and non-theatrical rights to In the Game, a documentary following four years in the life of a girls’ soccer team at a Chicago inner city high school, from producers Kartemquin Films and Peabody-award-winning director Maria Finitzo (Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita). The deal comes ahead of In the Game screening at SXSWedu 2016 on March 7, and in a special presentation at the 2016 Chicago Latino Film Festival on April 19. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Winnie Wright, Age 11 for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, March 4th, the free KTQ50 film is Winnie Wright, Age 11 (1974). "When one family moves in, then the rest move out. One black family, then all the white families all move out. It's so dumb." - Winnie Wright at age 11. Winnie, the daughter of a steel worker and a teacher, lives in Gage Park, a Chicago neighborhood that is changing from white to black. Her family struggles with racism, inflation and a threatened strike, as Winnie learns what it means to grow up white, working class, and female. Continued

WTTW honors Black History Month and 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin with broadcast of The Trials of Muhammad Ali

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast The Trials of Muhammad Ali at 10pm on Thursday, February 25th as part of a year-long series honoring the 50th anniversary of not-for-profit Chicago documentary collective Kartemquin Films. Winner of Outstanding Historical - Long Form award at the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in September 2015, The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers Ali’s toughest bout: detailing how the boxing legend fought a potential five year prison sentence for refusing military service in Vietnam, risking his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Viva La Causa for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, February 26th, the free KTQ50 film is Viva La Causa (1974). In the summer of 1967, youth and arts organizations in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago began working together with artists Ray Patlan and Mario Castillo to express the history, culture, and struggles of the people in their community. The murals featured in Viva La Causa were the first two Mexican-American murals in Chicago and part of the new public art movement in the late 1960s. Continued

Did '63 Boycott find Bernie Sanders in archival footage?

The '63 Boycott project uses the web and original archival footage of Chicagoans protesting racial segregation in 1963 to encourage discussion of the past and present of the city's struggles around racial equality and the education system. The in-progress transmedia documentary project has collected numerous testimonials through a process of releasing footage and images and asking the public to share their recollections of participation in the boycotts. But their latest find is by far the most high profile yet. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Trick Bag for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, February 19th, the free KTQ50 film is Trick Bag. The film takes us into the Collective era: a period from 1970-78 when Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal added multiple members to the organization with the goal of collaboratively producing activist films. Members included Suzanne Davenport, Jenny Rohrer, Judy Hoffman, Teena Webb, Betsy Martens, Sharon Karp, Peter Kuttner, Richard Schmeichen, and Alphonse Blumenthal. Continued

CIMMfest to honor Gordon Quinn with 2016 BAADASSSSS Award

Kartemquin founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will receive CIMMfest’s fourth annual BAADASSSSS Award, which honors distinguished careers and lifetime achievement in movies and music. We are delighted for Gordon to receive this honor in our 50th year. Previous BAADASSSSS Award winners are SXSW founder Louis Black, director and music video pioneer Julien Temple, and filmmaker and original BAADASSSSS Melvin Van Peebles, for whom the award was named. CIMMfest will honor Gordon Quinn by showcasing documentary works that depict musical performances and artistic creation. Stay tuned for more details. Continued

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