Special Life Itself Screening to Preview Telluride Festival

A special screening of Life Itself will preview the 41st Telluride Film Festival. Director Steve James and Chaz Ebert will attend the free-to-the-public showing at the Abel Gance Open Air Theater, which begins at approximately 8:30pm tonight (Thursday August 28th). The prestigious festival officially runs from Friday August 29th - Monday September 1st. All festival passes are sold out. Contact the festival for more details. In a preview of the event, Marta Tarbell of Telluride's The Watch newspaper spoke to Steve James about his experiences making the film. Continued

KTQ Leadership to Talk Documentary at "Getting Real" Conference

Kartemquin will be well-represented this fall at Getting Real, a new conference geared toward sparking discussion about the state of the documentary industry. Our Executive Director Justine Nagan and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will serve as panelists during the three-day event, a co-production of the International Documentary Association and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, intended to facilitate "a frank public conversation about the state of our industry that will lead to action and change." Continued

A Good Man now on Amazon Instant Video

Kartemquin and Media Process Group's acclaimed documentary A Good Man is now available on Amazon Instant Video. The film covers the acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones - recently a recipient of the National Medal of Arts - as he strives to create his most ambitious work, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln. The film is co-directed by Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn, and aired on PBS American Masters in 2011. Continued

Keep Talking joins Kartemquin

We are delighted to announce that Keep Talking is a new Kartemquin project. Directed and produced by Karen Lynn Weinberg, Keep Talking begins in the summer of 2013 in Kodiak, Alaska. When she started filming it was estimated that there are 33 fluent native speakers of the Kodiak Alutiiq language remaining. The Elder speakers share a painful past with many indigenous communities; they were brutally punished by American schoolteachers for speaking their native tongue. Continued

Name our Signature Cocktail and get 2 tickets to the #KTQGala!

Want to be a part of Kartemquin Films' 2014 Gala? Contribute your creativity and you may win two free tickets! We want to give our signature cocktail (Bulleit Bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, mint - yum!) a Kartemquin themed name, and we need your help. Contribute your ideas on our Facebook page or on Twitter (@Kartemquin / #KTQGala), or email info@kartemquin.com, and the winner will get two free tickets to attend this year's gala at Moonlight Studios in Chicago on September 5th! Our thanks to event caterer Food for Thought for coming up with the delicious signature cocktail recipe. Now all it needs is a name. Go! Winners will be announced on Friday, August 29th. Continued

Tickets now on sale for The Homestretch Chicago premiere

On September 12th, the Gene Siskel Film Center will present the Chicago premiere of The Homestretch, our new documentary about homeless youth in Chicago. The film, produced and directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, will then have its theatrical premiere run for a week at the venue. Get tickets here - multiple screenings have already sold out! Shot over the course of five years with unprecedented access into the Chicago Public Schools, The Night Ministry’s The Crib emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretch follows three teens—Roque, Kasey and Anthony-- through a complex and haunting Chicago landscape of couch-hopping, emergency shelters, makeshift homes, and a school system that is struggling to cope with this crisis. In one scene, emergency shelter beds are meted out via a lottery. Continued

Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) 2014 Graduation - Save the date!

We are proud to celebrate the success of the 2014 Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID) program with the announcement that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has increased their grant award to $10,000 for the 2015 year. DVID, a collaboration between Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, recently completed its second year providing six months of mentorship and training to documentary filmmakers of color. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has been a funder of the program since 2012. Other supporters of DVID include the Seabury Foundation, KatLei Productions, and Voqal Fund. Continued

Life Itself receives Special Award at Traverse City Film Festival

Michael Moore, founder of the Traverse City Film Festival, gave Life Itself a "Special Award" recognition at the festival this past weekend. See the full list of award winners. Roger Ebert's widow, Chaz, was attending the festival and accepted the prize on behalf of the filmmakers. Life Itself had previously played two sold-out screenings at the festival. First released in theaters on July 4th, the acclaimed documentary is currently still playing in over 50 cities in the US and Canada through Magnolia and Video Services Corp, with many more dates to come, and is available on demand and on iTunes. Continued

It's There! Kickstarter success for Almost There

Early on Saturday morning - after being selected as Kickstarter project of the day and RogerEbert.com video of the day and raising over $6,000 in less than 24 hours - Almost There made their $20,000 crowdfunding goal! These funds mean we can now bring this film to the world! Now with the crowdfunding campaign still running until midnight on Friday, August 8th, the Almost There team has also unveiled some spectacular "stretch goals" that will appeal to anyone who has already become entranced by the beguiling, moving story of outsider artist Peter Anton. Continued