RSVP for Unchartered Territory, episode five of the The School Project

What's the future of Charter Schools in Chicago? The School Project, a collaboratively-made transmedia documentary series about public education, will explore this question in its fifth episode. UnChartered Territory, at the Chicago Cultural Center at 2pm on April 25th. RSVP to attend this free event. This 10-minute film examines issues such as the growing trend toward privatization of public schools, the idea of ‘choice’ and how it affects the system, and the role of innovation in charter schools. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with community leaders, educators, and education experts. The segment will launch simultaneously on the interactive website Continued

Almost There Wins Special Jury Prize at Sarasota

The 2015 Sarasota Film Festival judges have awarded a Special Jury Prize for "complex hands-on storytelling" to Almost There. This is the second festival award for Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's film, about their discovery and complicated curation and caretaking of elderly "outsider" artist Peter Anton. It won an Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Geneva Film Festival, and was also a Jury Award Finalist at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in March 2015. The film next screens at the Arizona Film Festival on April 24th, and has also been confirmed to return to Sebastopol on June 27th as a "Best of the Fest" selection. Get more details. Expect more festival announcements very soon. Continued

Diverse Voices in Docs projects head to Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival is this week, and we are delighted that two documentary filmmakers mentored through our Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) program will be attending with full industry passes. Bing Liu and Jonathan Ashley are the lucky DVID graduates that were selected to attend the film festival through a partnership between Kartemquin and the Tribeca Film Institute. They will have the rare opportunity to get insights and access to funders, distributors, festival programmers, and other top film professionals as part of Tribeca's Industry week. Continued

Coming to Al Jazeera America on May 3: Hard Earned

Al Jazeera America today announced that Hard Earned, an original new six-part documentary series produced by Kartemquin Films, will begin airing Sunday, May 3rd at 10 pm ET/7pm PT as part of the channel’s documentary series Al Jazeera America Presents. Hard Earned, produced by the Emmy and Peabody-winning documentary production team behind films such as Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, and Life Itself, is a provocative and in-depth look at the lives of five working-class American families. Continued

Full Frame Success for Saving Mes Aynak

Saving Mes Aynak is celebrating a great weekend at the Full Frame Documentary Festival, where it screened to a standing ovation and was followed by an impassioned q&a from the sold out crowd. Director Brent E. Huffman attended Full Frame with producer Zak Piper and executive producer Julia Reichert. Brent began the weekend by speaking with Joe Corey of Inside Pulse, who covered the film and declared it, “the most important documentary showing at Full Frame this year.” Continued

Watch The Homestretch on PBS tonight!

PBS Independent Lens hosts the broadcast television premiere of The Homestretch on Monday, April 13 at 10pm ET / 9pm CT (Check local listings). This marks the high point of six years of work by co-directors Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly to bring attention to the story of the estimated 1.6 million homeless youth in America. Their diligent dedication - with the help of so many partners, funders, and community organizations who also believe in the goal of ending youth homeless - has meant the film has already made a significant impact on thousands of people. But now we will reach the film's largest audience yet. Continued