News for June 2010

Introducing a new Kartemquin short film

Short films have always been an integral part of Kartemquin's history, from Parents to Chicago Crossings. To explore the feasibility of creating a new shorts initiative to complement our regular long-form works, we recently filmed the 9 minute Sacred Transformations, directed by Justine Nagan and edited by Leslie Simmer. The film - shot in a single night inside on the South Side of Chicago - follows Eric Dean Spruth as he helps people to transform tattoos that no longer represent who they are into new works of art. We are delighted to announce that Sacred Transformations has already been accepted into the "Fear No Film" program at the 2010 Utah Arts Festival. We will be announcing more ways to see the film soon. Stay tuned! Continued

Daniel Burnham film screens at National Mall tomorrow

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City screens tomorrow at the National Mall in its Washington, D.C. premiere. The documentary was produced by Archimedia Workshop in consultation with Kartemquin Films, whose artistic director Gordon Quinn and development director Elizabeth Neufeld will attend the screening, which begins at 8:30pm on the National Mall at 4th street. The extraordinary event will also feature special appearances by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, and Jim Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The film's director Judith McBrien and narrator Joan Allen will also be present. Continued

ITVS funds two new Kartemquin films

Kartemquin is delighted to have received funding for two in-progress films - A Good Man and The Interrupters - in the most recent round of funding from ITVS (The Independent Television Service). Read about the funding on the ITVS website. Kartemquin would like to congratulate all our partners on these two projects, which will both be completed in 2011. Read more about A Good Man and watch the trailer. Read more about The Interrupters. Continued

In the Family to present poster at Genetic Counselors Conference

A collaborative team from Kartemquin's In the Family, The Center for Medical Genetics at the NorthShore University HealthSystem, and The University of Chicago Hospitals will present a poster titled "Evaluating the use of film media to assist decision-making during BRCA genetic counseling" at the National Society of Genetic Counselors Adult Education Conference on October 15th 2010. Get more information. Continued

Chicago Maternity Center Story to be restored!

The National Film Preservation Fund has awarded Kartemquin a preservation grant to restore The Chicago Maternity Center Story, a groundbreaking work from Kartemquin's 1970's collective period. We would like to thank the NFPF and our project partners Chicago Film Archives, who will house the film and provide access. Read more about the NFPF's recent grant awards. The Chicago Maternity Center Story is a classic that continues to be sought out by scholars in both woman’s healthcare and film studies. Continued