News for February 2010

Amnesty International Human Rights Arts Festival to showcase Kartemquin films

Kartemquin Films will share a collection of activist documentaries, including Labor Stories, Taylor Chain I & II, Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes, and new 2010 feature Prisoner of her Past, at the first ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland during April 23-25th 2010. Kartemquin's Jerry Blumenthal and Judy Hoffman will attend. Screening times are as follows: Prisoner of Her Past (4/24, 12pm) Continued

No Crossover is a 'Slam Dunk'

In a "Grade A" review True/Slant's Piet Levy stated that Steve James' No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson "is a complex, thought-provoking film with no easy answers, but plenty of challenging questions. Kudos to James for asking them." Read the review here. Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) attended Sunday's sold-out screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and will again present a 'sneak peek' of the film on Thursday February 4th at 8:15pm. Get tickets here. Continued

An exclusive sneak peek at Prisoner of Her Past

The trailer for Kartemquin's new 2010 release Prisoner of Her Past will be made exclusively available this week to subscribers to the Kartemquin newsletter. If you'd like to be the among the first to see the trailer, please sign up here. All new sign-ups this week will be sent the newsletter containing a link to the video and a password to enter. There's also an exclusive interview with Steve James on his new film No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson and a review of new DVD Taylor Chain Parts I & II. Don't miss out!   Continued

Joanna Rudnick honored with FORCE Spirit of Empowerment award

Kartemquin would like to congratulate director/producer Joanna Rudnick for receiving a FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) 'Spirit of Empowerment Award.' Joanna will be honored in the Arts and Media category for giving "a powerful and moving voice to the hereditary cancer community" through her award-winning film In the Family.  The inaugural Spirit of Empowerment awards will be presented on June 26, 2010 at the 5th Annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Orlando, FL. Get more information. Continued

Kartemquin goes tapeless with the SONY HD PMW350

This week Kartemquin Films took delivery of the newest Sony tapeless HD video camera, the PMW350. The camera is one of the first in the country (serial #33) to be in service. Featuring a shoulder mount design with 2/3 inch chips, the camera replaces a tape based Panasonic HD camera. The 350 uses the same memory card based workflow as our smaller EX3 camera, thus allowing producers to shoot many hours of high quality HD footage with no tape or digitizing costs. Due to the larger chips, the new camera features a very high light sensitivity of ASA 850 at "0" gain to allow available light High Definition shooting in almost any setting. With a low power draw of only 16 watts, fewer batteries are needed for a full day of shooting. The camera is full 1080x1920 resolution, and shoots 24P, 30P, and 1080i. Continued

No Crossover to play at Dallas and Cleveland Film Festivals

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson was one of ten films revealed to be playing at the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival (April 8-18) this week. Check the website for more details. The date for the screening is still to be announced. The film's World Premiere is at SXSW in March, and it will also play twice at the Cleveland International Film Festival on March 20th and March 21st. Steve James will attend each screening. More festival dates for the spring will be announced soon. Watch this space!   Continued

A case for letterpress on a visit to Kartemquin

London College of Communication designers Alexander Cooper and Rose Gridneff stopped by Kartemquin yesterday on their way to delivering a paper at the 'Case for Letterpress' session at the College Art Association Annual Conference in Chicago. They met with Justine Nagan to find out more about how her award-winning film Typeface documents the recent resurgence of interest in the near dormant letterpress artform. Check out their photos of the visit here. Continued