News for December 2009

Vote for Kartemquin to win a donation from Chase Community Giving!

You can help Kartemquin Educational Films support the next generation of documentary filmmakers, with just a few clicks of a button! Please visit our Chase Community Giving Page on Facebook, become a fan, and then register your vote for Kartemquin. Your support will help Kartemquin in its mission to be the home of the great American documentary, creating films that enrich, educate and positively impact the community. Continued

Daniel Burnham film playing at Gene Siskel Film Center

Save the dates for a new film by Archimedia Workshop, produced in consultation with Kartemquin Films. Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City is documentary about the fascinating life and complex legacy of architect and city planner Daniel Burnham. Tickets are now available for the film's Chicago theatrical premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center at the following times: Sunday, December 13th at 3pm Monday, December 14th at 6pm The film will also broadcast in the Chicago-area on WTTW Channel 11 on December 17th at 8pm. Kartemquin's Jim Morrissette was Director of Photography for the film. Visit the official website for more information. Continued

Excitement building for Chinese Premieres of Hoop Dreams and Stevie

Chinese papers are building up anticipation for the inaugural Beijing IDOCS International Documentary Forum, opening this weekend at the Beijing Film Academy. At the unprecedented event, which China's Global Times called "a week of pure delight" for documentary buffs, acclaimed director Steve James will present the Chinese premieres of the classic Kartemquin documentaries Hoop Dreams and Stevie as an unmissable double-bill on Sunday December 13th. Continued

Kartemquin's Justine Nagan presents to students at University of Texas-Austin

Justine Nagan lectured last night on her recent film "Typeface" to students and faculty from the University of Texas-Austin.  The group asked insightful questions and created a great poster to support the film.  Kartemquin is thankful to David Shields from the UT faculty for hosting the film.  Typeface screens tonight and Sunday at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse Theatre, sponsored by AIGA Austin. Continued

Kartemquin in POV Magazine

The latest issue of Canada's POV magazine investigates the "State of the Art" of documentary in Canada, the UK and in the USA, with particular reference to Kartemquin Films. Discussing the state of the documentary film industry in the US, the article by filmmaker Pepita Ferrari states: "When it comes to an international reputation for powerful feature documentaries, there is the exemplary Chicago-based Kartemquin Films. Its strong and long-standing involvement with social issues oriented documentary began in 1966 at the height of the US civil rights movement. More than 40 years in the trenches means Kartemquin has been able to build a real sense of legacy and to always look at the long term by fostering a communal, task-sharing work environment with lots of apprenticing programs." Continued

In the Family at the heart of gene patenting debate

"Should human genes ever be the subject of patent protection?" - Wall St. Journal Media coverage about the issue of gene patenting has increased in recent weeks relating to a landmark legal case on behalf of several patients who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA1 genes, filed against the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Myriad Genetics. Last week the Wall. St. Journal had an article about the case, and the issue of gene patenting was also the focus on NPR Radio's Science Friday. Continued