Fewer than 10 tickets remain for Kartemquin gala!

Less than 10 tickets remain for the 2013 Kartemquin Gala, which is being held at an exclusive private venue in Chicago this Friday September 20th. Don't miss your last chance to join us for our annual fundraising gala in celebration of collaborative documentaries that spark democracy. Get tickets now! The Kartemquin 2013 Gala will unite Chicago changemakers who believe in the power of independent media, for wonderful food and drink, stimulating conversation, and unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline, the lake, and Millennium Park. Continued

The Interrupters is a PUMA Impact Awards finalist

PUMA and The BRITDOC Foundation today announced the five finalists for the 2013 PUMA Impact Award. We are delighted that our film The Interrupters has been selected alongside the great documentaries The Invisible War, Give up Tomorrow, Bully, and Act of Killing. With a core belief in the power of film to change the way people, governments and corporations behave, the €50,000 award honors, celebrates and supports the documentary film that has made the most significant positive impact on society or the environment. PUMA supports documentary film because the medium can catalyse change and deliver impact. The final winner will be announced on 13th November 2013. Continued

Watch Hoop Dreams on Netflix UK

"Steve James's landmark 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams is by far the best title to join Netflix's ever-expanding catalogue this week" - Guy Lodge, The Observer. Documentary fans in the UK can now watch our classic documentary Hoop Dreams via Netflix UK. Watch it here. For fans in the US, the film is also available on Netflix here. Enjoy the film (looks like you do...)! Hoop Dreams is on Netflix, everyone! Hoop Dreams in on Netflix! http://t.co/D1zcfWU4WM Continued

Watch a new Steve James short documentary: A Place Called Pluto

A Place Called Pluto is a new short documentary by director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), co-produced by Kartemquin. Made for the Living with Alzheimer's project, the film is one of four shorts commissioned by bestselling author and Alzheimer's expert David Shenk in partnership with Cure Alzheimers Fund and MetLife Foundation. The project aims to raise public awareness of the disease. Continued

'63 Boycott sneak preview at Chicago Social Change Film Fest

On September 27th, the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival will host a sneak preview of select scenes from '63 Boycott, followed by a q&a with director and Kartemquin co-founder Gordon Quinn. '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

Ebert Movie preview, stunning prizes, views, and people await at Kartemquin Gala

Our 2013 Gala is just days away! Join us on Friday September 20th at an exclusive private venue in Chicago for our annual fundraising gala in celebration of collaborative documentaries that spark democracy. Tickets are on sale now - and going fast! The Kartemquin 2013 Gala will unite Chicago changemakers who believe in the power of independent media, for wonderful food and drink, stimulating conversation, and unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline, the lake, and Millennium Park. Continued

Gordon Quinn to speak on documentary ethics in Yamagata and Chicago

Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will draw on his five decades of filmmaking experience to speak on documentary ethics and fair use at upcoming festivals in Yamagata and Chicago this October. The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival will host a discussion on Fair Use and ethics as part of its series titled "The Ethics Machine: Six Gazes of the Camera." Here is the description: "Documentary filmmakers strike out into the landscapes of humans and animals to make films about “the world,” not “a world.” This makes all the difference. It means that every camera angle, every light, every cut, every edit, every music hook—every choice—poses an ethical challenge. This turns the documentary camera into an ethics machine. Continued

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