High praise and packed houses for Almost There's Chicago premieres

In its triumphant Chicago premiere weekend, Almost There was greeted with two sold out houses at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and a bevy of fantastic reviews and media attention. The overwhelmingly joyous and positive response was extremely gratifying for co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, who spent eight years working on the film since first discovering their subject, elderly "outsider" artist Peter Anton. Continued

FIPA to host French Premiere of Saving Mes Aynak

Saving Mes Aynak has been selected for the prestigious FIPA Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, screening this January 21, 2015 in Biarritz, France. It is a rare honor for an American documentary to screen at the festival, now in its 28th edition. Get details of the screening. Congratulations to director Brent Huffman, producer Zak Piper, and their team. The film follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition by a Chinese state-owned mining company which is eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Continued

Farewell 2014; Hello 2015!

A record-breaking year for Kartemquin saw six of our documentary projects have world premieres in 2014: Life Itself at Sundance Film Festival in January. The Homestretch at Hot Docs in April. On Beauty at Chicago International Film Festival in October. The School Project simultaneously on the web, TV and with a live event at Chicago History Museum in October. Almost There at DOC NYC in November. Saving Mes Aynak at IDFA in November. Continued

A Statement from Indie Caucus: Keep the Public in Public Television

A Statement from Indie Caucus, An Organization Of America's Independent Filmmakers // December 19, 2014 KEEP THE PUBLIC IN PUBLIC TELEVISION DON’T LET WNET LEAD PBS AWAY FROM ITS MISSION OF BRINGING DIVERSE VOICES AND ENGAGING ISSUES TO THE PUBLIC WNET’s sudden decision to move Independent Lens and POV off the established 10pm Monday Thirteen/WNET schedule is an outrage. WNET needs to move Independent Lens and POV back on THIRTEEN in primetime, to best serve its public and to set a best standard precedent for the PBS network of stations. Continued

Almost There Chicago Premiere announced for January

On Saturday January 10th at 7:45pm and Sunday, Jan 11th at 3:00pm, Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute will host the Chicago Premiere of Almost There. Get tickets here: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/almostthere Almost There is a coming-of-(old)-age story about 83-year-old Peter Anton, an “outsider” artist living in isolated and crippling conditions whose world changes when two filmmakers discover his work and storied past. Shot over eight years, Almost There documents Anton’s first major exhibition, held in 2010 at Chicago’s INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, and how the controversy it generates forces him to leave his childhood home. Each layer revealed reflects on the intersections of social norms, elder care, and artistic expression. Continued

Documentary Makers, Help us Fight for Your Fair Use Rights!

The fair use rights of documentary makers are under assault. Here's how we fight back. The International Documentary Association (IDA), Kartemquin, and other organizations are asking for all documentary makers to take this 2-minute survey. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) makes it illegal to rip from DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and many other encrypted technologies. The law is blocking our ability to make fair use and could seriously harm documentary filmmaking. Why? Because even though fair use allows us to use copyrighted footage, the DMCA restricts our access to such material. Continued

Driehaus Foundation funds '63 Boycott

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has awarded funding of $10,000 to '63 Boycott film, website and social media outreach campaign. We are very grateful to the foundation for this support. '63 Boycott chronicles the Chicago Public School Boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed mobile school units on playgrounds and parking lots as a “permanent solution” to overcrowding in black schools. The project will offer a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later as it reconnects the participants to each other and the event itself. Continued