On Beauty wins Audience Award for Best Short Film at Chicago International Film Festival

We are delighted to announce that On Beauty won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival! The victory is sweet for many reasons: the film's sold-out home town screening was the world premiere, and marked the end of a five-year journey making the film for director Joanna Rudnick, during which she also got married, had two children and a bilateral mastectomy, all while distributing her first film, the Emmy-nominated In the Family. Continued

LA premiere announced for Almost There

The Arclight Cinemas Documentary Series will host the Los Angeles premiere of Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's Almost There on Monday November 24, at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased here. Curated by filmmaker and President of the International Documentary Association Board, Marjan Safinia, the ArcLight Documentary Series "brings some of the best documentary films of the year to ArcLight Hollywood’s cinephile audience." Marj stated that she is "really thrilled to be bringing this fantastic film to the ArcLight Doc Series for its LA premiere. Its absolutely riveting, haunting, and moving. One of those that sticks with you long after the lights are up." Continued

Hoop Dreams 1994 vs Hoop Dreams 2014

This week we released a video to illustrate the dramatic difference in picture quality between the original Hoop Dreams released in 1994 and the newly restored HD version. Though the film is widely beloved and has been seen by millions over the past twenty years, it has never ever looked as good as this! The Hoop Dreams digital restoration was a collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films. Continued

Life Itself nominated for Gotham Award

The Gotham Independent Film Awards have nominated Life Itself for selection as the Best Documentary of 2014. We are very honored to have the film recognized for this award, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). The awards ceremony is December 1st at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, NY. The other Best Documentary nominees were Actress, Citizenfour, Manakamana, and Point and Shoot. Life Itself first premiered to wide acclaim at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and has played at Cannes, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Telluride, and a host of other festivals, including a special screening just yesterday at Roger Ebert's hometown Chicago International Film Festival, which was attended by Chaz Ebert and the film's director, Steve James. Continued

Watch a first teaser trailer for The School Project

The School Project, a new documentary series that focuses on the public education system in Chicago, launches on October 28th simultaneously with a live event, online release via http://www.schoolprojectfilm.com and the website of the Chicago Sun-Times, and broadcast on two Chicago public TV stations, WTTW and CAN-TV. Along with its hybrid distribution, The School Project is notable for being an unprecedented collaboration between Chicago production companies and media institutions in documenting perhaps the most volatile issue of the city's recent political history. The collaborators are Free Spirit Media, Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, Media Process Group, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, and producers Rachel Dickson and Melissa Sterne. Outreach partners include WTTW/Channel 11, the Chicago Sun-Times, Catalyst Chicago, the Chicago History Museum and Ebony.com. Continued

On Beauty's World Premiere is Sold Out! More festivals announced

On Beauty will play for a sold-out crowd on Saturday October 18th as part of the Chicago International Film Festival, which caps off a week of screenings that marked the film’s world premiere. The event starts at 1:15 p.m. at the AMC River East theater in Chicago. Audience members will not only get to see the film, but they will also be able to share their stories with director Joanna Rudnick, and stars Rick Guidotti and Jayne Waithera and other special guests who have helped make this film possible. There will be a post-screening panel that will address the challenges and importance of changing public perceptions, Rick’s work, the film and the filmmaking process. The panel includes Joanna, Rick, Jayne, the film's editor Liz Kaar, and Mike McGowan, the president of the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation. Continued

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