CIMMfest to honor Gordon Quinn with 2016 BAADASSSSS Award

Kartemquin founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will receive CIMMfest’s fourth annual BAADASSSSS Award, which honors distinguished careers and lifetime achievement in movies and music. We are delighted for Gordon to receive this honor in our 50th year. Previous BAADASSSSS Award winners are SXSW founder Louis Black, director and music video pioneer Julien Temple, and filmmaker and original BAADASSSSS Melvin Van Peebles, for whom the award was named. CIMMfest will honor Gordon Quinn by showcasing documentary works that depict musical performances and artistic creation. Stay tuned for more details. Continued

American Arab Airs on America ReFramed: February 9th 8pm

Usama Alshaibi’s film American Arab has its national television premiere on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 8/7c on WORLD Channel, as part of the fourth season of America ReFramed, public media’s newest documentary series. American Arab will kick off a three-episode focus on America ReFramed focusing on the #AmericanMuslim experience. Click here to check your local listings. The film will also be available to stream for FREE starting February 10, 2016- March 10, 2016. Streaming is available here. Continued

Announcing the 2016 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Fellows

The fourth cohort of Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellows met for their first session at Community Film Workshop Chicago (CFWC) on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016. Now in its fourth year, DVID welcomed 13 mid-career filmmakers of color to develop their projects over the next six months. Projects in the 2016 cohort scale from web-based projects to feature length films to docu-series, with subjects ranging from black advertising, bomba music in Puerto Rico, spirituality within the Native American LGBT community, black female activists in Chicago, community arts centers in Bronzeville and Pilsen, and more. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch What the Fuck Are These Red Squares? and Anonymous Artists of America for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, February 5th, the free KTQ50 films are What The Fuck Are These Red Squares? and Anonymous Artists of America. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch HUM 255 for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, January 29, the free KTQ50 film is HUM 255. In 1969, striking students at the University of Chicago occupied an administration building for 16 days. The protest was sparked by the firing of a feminist sociology professor. The college expelled 42 of the students. A year later, two expelled young women were asked by their former classmates to talk about the experience as a class project. The women confront the students about their convictions and how far they are willing to go to defend their values. Continued

WTTW celebrates 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin Films with monthly broadcasts through 2016

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning films in honor of our 50th anniversary. The monthly series will feature films from each decade of Kartemquin’s history, including the classic Hoop Dreams (1994), which will air in June 2016, to coincide with a Kartemquin “Milestones” gala celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center and Harris Theater on June 24, and an art exhibition running May-August at Expo 72. Continued

Hot Docs to honor Steve James with 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award

Toronto's Hot Docs has chosen Steve James as the recipient of its 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award. As part of the honour, Hot Docs will screen a retrospective during the 23rd annual Festival, April 28 to May 8, celebrating James’s distinguished career as a director and producer. “It's an honour to celebrate a filmmaker of such depth, humanity and integrity as Steve James with the Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award,” says Hot Docs director of programming Shane Smith. “Over a career spanning three decades his body of exceptional work has demonstrated his commitment to illuminating stories of grit, honour and personal sacrifice; and solidified his status as a master of the documentary form.” Continued

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