Raising Bertie ready for Good Pitch and SDF

Kartemquin's film Raising Bertie is one of just six in-progress documentaries selected for the second Good Pitch Chicago, which takes place tomorrow at Thalia Hall in Chicago. In Raising Bertie we follow three young men over the course of five years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a small African American-led farming community in North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these young men, we see the issues facing America’s rural youth and the repercussions of a woefully underfunded rural public school system. Their stories shed light on the complex relationships between family, economics and education. Continued

Watch Hard Earned tonight on Al Jazeera America

A landmark new 6-part series about getting by in America, Hard Earned begins airing tonight, Sunday, May 3rd at 10 pm ET/7pm PT as part of Al Jazeera America's documentary series Al Jazeera America Presents. In six one-hour episodes, the series follows the families both at work and at home, as they juggle the rising costs of housing, education, food, medical bills and more – all while working low-wage jobs. As widening economic inequality and the wealth gap continue to increase in the U.S., can these lower-income families get ahead? How are wage stagnation, student loan debt and demographic shifts in the workforce contributing to financial instability for many Americans? Continued

View photos and reactions from the Spring Showcase

We would like to thank all who came to last night's Kartemquin Spring Showcase. We were thrilled to see the sold out crowd at the Gene Siskel Film Center engaging so passionately and thoughtfully with these new works-in-progress; and in turn, to see the four debut directors so eloquently explaining their filmmaking choices, and future hopes for their films. See below for the top tweets and click here for photos of the night, and more information on this year's projects: All the Queen's Horses; Minding the Gap; The Prosecutors; and Keep Talking. Continued

May 3: Hard Earned presents America's working-class heroes

Hard Earned, an original new six-part documentary series produced by Kartemquin Films, will begin airing Sunday, May 3rd at 10 pm ET/7pm PT as part of Al Jazeera America's documentary series Al Jazeera America Presents. Ahead of the broadcast premiere, two of the shows stars - Emilia Stancati, and De'Jaun "DJ" Jackson - and two directors - Maria Finitzo and Ruth Leitman - appeared on Fox's Good Day Chicago morning show to discuss the series. Continued

Kartemquin announces further investment in archival preservation

Collected from almost 50 years of documentary filmmaking, Kartemquin's production archives contain over 19,000 elements, comprising film reels, video tapes, hard drives, and more. Thanks to a new grant from the Reva and David Logan Foundation, we are now paying special attention to the latest works from the digital era: ensuring the preservation of an estimated 400TB (terabytes) of unique data on the drives that are spread throughout our building. Continued