Moving The Ball: Where We're At On Fair Use

Censorship vs. free expression is an ages-old story, one that still plays on a daily basis the world over. We as Americans do not need to look as far as countries like Turkey (who recently banned Twitter and YouTube) to see that private interests consistently test the freedom and resolve of the people. Today, with the incredible amount of content that is available and shareable, and private interests that are committed to restricting that flow of information, a new ethical framework had to be built: a framework that pinned down what constitutes fairly utilized content. Kartemquin’s own Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Gordon Quinn, is at the vanguard of the recent revolution in fair use thinking and is a constant, outspoken sage of that revolution’s ideals and practices. Continued

Pierogifest preview for Almost There Kickstarter Backers

Our new documentary, Almost There, will host a special sneak preview screening in Whiting, Indiana on July 26 as part of a recently launched Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Directed and Produced by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, the feature documentary is a ' coming-of-(old)age story' about Peter Anton, an 82-year-old “outsider” artist living in at-risk conditions who befriends two filmmakers and causes controversy when an incident from his past is revealed on the eve of his first major public exhibition. Continued

Watch a video recap of the 2014 Spring Showcase

For those of you who couldn't attend - or just want to relive - the 2014 Kartemquin Spring Showcase, watch the recap video of our third annual sold out event. The Spring Showcase invites an audience to preview and discuss four new works-in-progress by Kartemquin filmmakers in a spirit of creative collaboration. The video was edited by KTQ spring 2014 intern Stephanie Sunata. The Gene Siskel Film Center hosted the event for the third year, with the crowd reacting very positively to the short clips shown by Hard Earned; In the Game; Raising Bertie and Generation Food. Continued

Saving Mes Aynak comes to Kartemquin

Undiscovered for 2,000 years, it survived revolution, invasion and war. Now destruction looms again: this is the story of Saving Mes Aynak. Director/producer Brent Huffman, a documentary maker and film professor at Northwestern University, has been independently shooting at the Mes Aynak site in Afghanistan since 2011, and has now brought the documentary to Kartemquin Films. “As the premiere destination for complex social issue films that intend on making a global impact, Kartemquin is the dream home for Saving Mes Aynak,” said Huffman, who hopes to finish editing and premiere the film by the end of 2014. Continued

The Homestretch celebrates successful US premieres

Last week saw the back-to-back US premiere weekend of The Homestretch, with 4 different screenings in 48 hours, in 3 different states, in 4 different theaters, with AFI Docs 2014 hosting the film in Washington, D.C., and Human Rights Watch Film Festival hosting the New York premiere. The Homestretch follows three homeless youth in Chicago over multiple years as they strive to graduate high school. These festivals allowed our team and our audience to look at the issue of youth homelessness first, as a policy issue, and second, as a human rights issue - while also getting stunning audience feedback that really brought home how ready people are to embrace this documentary. Continued

Final class of Diverse Voices in Docs 2014 ends with funder pitches

Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentary filmmakers of color, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop​. At the core of the program are six engaging monthly workshops, with creative advice provided by Kartemquin Films’ world-class staff and associates. Each session provides practical, skills-based enrichment designed to help incubate and strengthen the participants' next documentary project​s. Continued

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