Hoop Dreams: where are they now?

A new article in The Guardian, "Hoop Dreams: where are the main figures now?", looks back at the lives of those featured in the legendary 1994 documentary. Describing the lives of Arthur Agee, William Gates, Gene Pingatore, Sheila Agee, Bo Agee, Curtis Gates, Emma Gates, and Luther Bedford, the article summarizes material drawn from interviews and news reports published since the release of Hoop Dreams, and shows the enduring impact of this beloved film. Continued

Life Itself now available on DVD and Blu-Ray

Use Coupon Code Ebertmovie2015 to get 15% off the Blu-Ray and DVD of Life Itself, our award-winning documentary on Roger Ebert, before the end of February 2015 at the Kartemquin Store. Voted Best Documentary of 2014 by The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critic’s Choice Awards), The National Board of Review, and The Producers Guild of America, and multiple other critics' associations, the film is also available for digital download on iTunes. Continued

True/False gets Almost There

We're delighted to announce that Almost There will screen at the 2015 True/False Film Festival, held this March 5-8 in Columbia, Missouri. The film's screening times are: Fri, Mar 6 / 5:00PM / Little Ragtag Sat, Mar 7 / 9:45AM / The Vimeo Theater at The Blue Note Sat, Mar 7 / 8:30PM / Forrest Theater Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's film about their discovery and caretaking of elderly artist Peter Anton was one of just 38 films selected from over 1,200 submissions and is our first film to screen at the increasingly popular and prestigious festival since 2011, when The Interrupters (on which Wickenden was an editor), screened there. Continued

Pullman designated National Monument; watch our film on this Chicago treasure

On February 19, 2015 President Barack Obama will officially designate the south Chicago neighborhood of Pullman as America's next National Monument, and Chicago's first National Park site. To mark this great news, we are now releasing this video online free for 2 months. It can be found, along with many other extras, on the DVD for our classic film The Last Pullman Car. Historic Pullman Factory 2011 Screening of THE LAST PULLMAN CAR from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo. Continued

Watch Golub for free on POV in honor of Jerry Blumenthal

Last November, Kartemquin founding partner Jerry Blumenthal passed away. His brilliance as a person and a filmmaker inspired many fond tributes. The acclaimed PBS documentary series P.O.V. then approached us with an interest in honoring Jerry Blumenthal's memory by streaming for free online one of his very finest films: Golub (1988), which originally aired on P.O.V. in 1990. The film is now streaming for free on their website until March 31, 2015. P.O.V. also posted an interview Jerry and co-director Gordon Quinn from 1990, which we can embed here: Continued

MoMA to screen Women's Voices: The Gender Gap Movie

On Tuesday February 4th at 4pm, New York's MoMA presents a screening of our classic short Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie as part of their series Carte Blanche: Women’s Film Preservation Fund—Women Writing the Language of Cinema. Produced in 1984 when the contest between incumbent president Ronald Reagan and Democratic challenger Walter Mondale betrayed a difference in the voting patterns of men and women, The Gender Gap reveals the women behind the numbers. Featuring interviews with a diverse group of women, the film focuses on the different priorities compelling them to vote – concerns over social programs, healthcare, fair compensation, and military intervention. Continued

Athena Film Festival to host In the Game sneak preview

We're excited to announce that two-time Peabody award-winning director Maria Finitzo's new film In the Game is almost complete, and will be hitting festivals in 2015. Ahead of its official world premiere later this year, Maria will be present as Athena Film Festival hosts a special public work-in-progress screening at 3pm on Saturday, February 7th in New York City. This Athena Film Festival Work-in--progress screening is FREE to the public, however a ticket is required for entry. Buy tickets here: Adult | Student. Continued

The Homestretch heads to Paris

The European Premiere of The Homestretch will be at The Paris Human Rights International Film Festival (FIFDH Paris) which runs from April 7th through the 21st. Screenings will be held at Luminor, Hôtel de Ville. The FIFDH Paris has, for the last 10 years, been the most important cultural manifestation on the theme of Human Rights in France. Each year, they offer directors from all over the world the opportunity to present their work and to meet the public. From over 500 films that are watched each year, they select only about 20 works to be shown, and we are deeply honored to be among them. Continued