KTQ producers star in 2014 New City Film 50

Chicago's New City magazine has published it's 2014 list of Chicago's "Screen Gems" - an annual list of the top 50 film artists in the city - and for the second year in a row, a Kartermquin producer is at #1. Steve James takes the top spot this year, receiving praise for his work on Life Itself and his long career of "explorations of the heart and humanity of Chicago." Out of the 50 names, the list contains a total of 11 Kartemquin producers and associates. These are: #1 - Steve James, director/producer of The Interrupters, and many more. Continued

World Premiere announced for The School Project series

October 28th will see the multi-platform world premiere of The School Project, an unprecedented collaboration between Chicago production companies in documenting perhaps the most volatile issue of the city's recent political history. Examining public education after the fallout from the city’s historic closing of 49 public schools, The School Project, a six-part series of 10-minute segments, will launch with a free public screening and discussion at the Chicago History Museum on Tuesday, October 28. The series’ interactive website will launch simultaneously at http://www.schoolprojectfilm.com, and air on Chicago's PBS station. Continued

Raising Bertie receives Southern Documentary Fund Grant

The Southern Documentary Fund has awarded their first ever SDF Filmmaking Grants, and we are delighted to announce that Raising Bertie is one of the four inaugural recipients. The Southern Documentary Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization that cultivates documentaries made in or about the American South. Inspired by a core belief that documentaries have the power to change lives, SDF serves as a leading advocate for powerful Southern storytelling, providing filmmakers with professional support, fiscal sponsorship, and creative community. Continued

Chicago International Film Festival screens Golub: Late Works Are The Catastrophes

Our classic documentary Golub: Late Works Are The Catastrophes screens for free at Chicago Cultural Center at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 1st. Reflecting what he calls the “disjunctiveness” of modern life, artist Leon Golub’s massive canvasses depict unpleasant imagery – mercenary killings, torture, and death squads. This documentary reveals the full complexity of Golub’s work, juxtaposing images and ideas, and following the artist at work from 1985 to 2004. Golub offers not simply a profile of a painter with a political conscience, but an investigation into the power of the artist to reflect our times and to change the way we think about our world. Continued

Life Itself praised as best documentary of 2014, and an awards contender

The great critical and audience acclaim for Steve James' Life Itself has recently seen the film listed by IndieWIRE critics as #1 on their list of the best documentaries of 2014 so far, and by awards season prognosticators as a potential "frontrunner." We also continue to enjoy reading responses to the film from viewers around the world on social media as the film plays in theaters and festivals. Continued

Kartemquin, Community Film Workshop and Chaz Ebert to honor documentary makers of color at Diverse Voices in Docs 2014 Graduation

Event: October 5th, 6:00pm at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 East 60th Street, University of Chicago. FREE. RSVP: http://kartemquin.com/diversevoices. Graduating fellows from Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID), a professional development and mentorship program for documentary makers of color, will be celebrated at a free, public event at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center at 6:00-9:00pm on October 5th. Chaz Ebert, publisher of RogerEbert.com, will present a keynote address followed by a screening of clips from works-in-progress created with the support of Diverse Voices in Docs, a collaboration between veteran film institutions the Community Film Workshop of Chicago and Kartemquin Films. Continued

Multiple distribution partners join The Homestretch

Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions are proud to announce multiple rights deals for The Homestretch, our new documentary about homeless youth in Chicago produced and directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The film, which premiered at Hot Docs 2014, will be released on digital platforms in North America by The Orchard on November 21st. Kartemquin are expanding their role and handling theatrical distribution in partnership with social impact strategists Picture Motion, and theatrical-on-demand web platform Tugg. An opening week premiere theatrical run, just ended yesterday at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center, sold out 9 of 13 screenings, grossing over $17,000. The film will open in New York on November 21st. Continued

On Beauty to World Premiere at Chicago International Film Festival

After five years in the making, Kartemquin's On Beauty is gearing up for an exciting world premiere in our hometown of Chicago as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. Please join us and invite your friends for the maiden screening on Saturday, October 18th at 1:15pm at the AMC River East 21 theater. Get tickets. Emmy-nominated director Joanna Rudnick (In the Family), photographer Rick Guidotti and other special guests will participate in a post-screening panel to discuss the film, Rick’s work, and the importance and challenges of changing the mainstream definition of beauty. Continued

The Homestretch Opens Strong in Chicago

We're thrilled to kick-off the theatrical distribution of The Homestretch with a week-long run at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center today. Ahead of the screenings - many of which are already sold out - reviews and interviews with the filmmakers have been flowing in. Here are some of the best: "Its intimacy is a reflection of its compassion... The Homestretch invites you to empathize with its subjects, to worry with them, to laugh with them, to worry about them. It’s engaging and compelling viewing." - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com. Continued

SundanceNow Doc Club Hosts Restored Hoop Dreams' Digital Premiere

The newly-restored Hoop Dreams, our classic 1994 film, is now available to watch online via SundanceNow Doc Club. The digital restoration, a collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films, first premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It is next scheduled to play at the BFI London Film Festival on October 17th, and has just been announced as a presentation of the 2014 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Continued