In memory of Woody Wickham

Kartemquin is sad to share the passing of Woody Wickham, a good friend of the organization. Mr. Wickham died of cancer in his Chicago home on Sunday, January 18th. Woody was a strong supporter of Kartemquin Films and was an early backer of Hoop Dreams during his work at the MacArthur Foundation. Gordon Quinn describes him as "a brilliant and visionary guy" in Wickham's obituary in the Chicago Tribune. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. He will be missed. Continued

Kartemquin and Full Frame

Kartemquin's Steve James will curate a series of sports films for Full Frame's 2009 thematic program, "This Sporting Life" . In recent years, Full Frame has screened James’ Stevie, Reel Paradise, and At the Death House Door, which received the Inspiration Award at the festival last year. James describes his involvement, “When Full Frame approached me about curating a series of sports films, it took me two seconds to say yes. Maybe it has something to do with a lifelong fascination with sports and film. And I’ve been a fan of how Full Frame selects a topic each year to do a series of films around. It challenges the viewer to engage with documentaries both thematically and historically, something that doesn’t happen enough in the festival world.” Get more information. Continued

At the Death House Door receives a DGA Award nomination

Kartemquin is thrilled to announce that Peter Gilbert and Steve James have been nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for At the Death House Door. It is Peter's third DGA nomination (he won in 1998 with Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn for Vietnam: Long Time Coming). It is Steve's second nomination, having previously won for Hoop Dreams. The winners will be announced at the 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Read more. Continued

The New Americans now available on DVD!!!

With support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Peter and Lucy Ascoli Family Fund of The Chicago Community Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Ford Foundation and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Kartemquin Films is excited to finally announce that their epic seven-hour series, The New Americans is now available on a 2-DVD set. Extras include: additional scenes, character updates and a Spanish SAP track. Order it now! Continued