'63 Boycott brings history alive at 50th anniversary event

This Tuesday, October 22nd, marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Chicago Public School Boycott, when nearly 250,000 students, parents, and teachers protested the segregationist policies of racist school Superintendent Benjamin Willis. To commemorate the event, our ’63 Boycott transmedia project flooded local media with stories of the Boycott, undertook an ambitious web campaign, and held a massive community event at the DuSable Museum in the evening. Continued

The Homestretch readies for Good Pitch Chicago

Directors Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare and editor Leslie Simmer have been working intensively all week on preparing their short video clip and presentation of The Homestretch for tomorrow's inaugural Good Pitch Chicago. Ahead of the big day, Kirsten spoke to Emily Morris of DNAinfoChi.com about how the homeless teens in the film challenge stereotypes, and how she discovered the story through a program aimed at teaching Chicago Public Schools students to act out Shakespeare plays. Continued

Applications now open for Diverse Voices in Docs 2014

Applications are now open for the second year of Diverse Voices in Docs, Kartemquin and Community Film Workshop's mentorship program for filmmakers of color. The first class of graduating fellows from Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) 2013 will be celebrated at a free, public event at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center at 6:30-9:30pm on October 30th. Host Robin Robinson (FOX 32) will present a screening of short excerpts of works-in-progress created with the support of the program. A reception with light hors d'oeuvres will follow. The link to RSVP to the event, and to apply for 2014, can be found at http://kartemquin.com/diversevoices. Continued

ITVS gives first funding to Mossadegh & Me

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) has awarded a Special Projects Development Grant of $15,000 to Mossadegh & Me, a new Kartemquin film currently in development from director Gita Saedi Kiely. ITVS had also previously supported the film with $15,000 grant through their Diversity Development Fund (DDF). Gita previously worked with us as the Series Producer on our International Documentary Association award-winning series The New Americans (2004). We are excited for her to continue developing this film, which is an intimate revisiting of an unprecedented politically free time in Iran's history. The project description: Continued

American Arab to World Premiere at IDFA

Usama Alshaibi's American Arab will have its World Premiere at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the world's largest documentary film festival. Our acclaimed film The Trials of Muhammad Ali will also play at IDFA, in its European Premiere. Usama Alshaibi and The Trials of Muhammad Ali director Bill Siegel will attend the festival, as will Gordon Quinn and Justine Nagan (executive producers on both films), and Kartemquin associate Dinesh Sabu (cinematographer on American Arab). Continued

Kartemquin receives Alphawood funding for first time

The Alphawood Foundation has awarded Kartemquin general operating funding for the first time, with support of $10,000 granted for 2014. Alphawood Foundation is a Chicago grant making private foundation working for an equitable, just and humane society. It awards grants to more than 200 organizations a year, primarily in the areas of advocacy, architecture and preservation, arts, domestic violence services, the environment, protection of the rights of LGBT citizens and people living with HIV/AIDS, and other human and civil rights. To support Kartemquin's work, please click here. Continued

Illinois Arts Council awards Kartemquin

The Illinois Arts Council has awarded Kartemquin a general operating grant of $11,050 for 2014. This is an increase from their award for previous years, and we are delighted to receive the crucial funding in support of our mission to spark democracy through documentary. Illinois Arts Council Program Grant funds provide support to established not-for-profit organizations that make a significant local, regional, or statewide impact on the quality of life in Illinois. Grants recognize arts programming of high quality that is appropriate to and reflective of the communities served and that broaden opportunities for the public to participate in the arts. Continued

Kartemquin receives CityArts Grant from DCASE

The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has awarded Kartemquin a grant of $6500 for general operating funds through their CityArts initiative. CityArts is a program that encourages the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability through general operating support for 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organizations. We are delighted to receive this funding, which is an increase from last year's award. Continued