News for December 2010

Prisoner of Her Past makes an impact on students

Howard Reich reveals how students at screenings nationwide have responded strongly to Prisoner of Her Past in his latest blog, "Reaching Students Where They Live." Recounting their comments to him after watching the film, Howard writes: "The insights of these young adults suggested that they could see elements of their own stories - their own lives - in Prisoner of Her Past. Which is precisely why we made the film: to shed light on childhood trauma, past, present and future." Continued

Rick Guidotti gives On Beauty positive exposure

Kartemquin filmmaker Joanna Rudnick is currently developing and fundraising for On Beauty, a documentary that in part focuses on former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti. Rick is the founder of Positive Exposure, a nonprofit that uses photography to challenge perceptions of beauty and genetic difference, and to fight discrimination and bullying. In a recent blog on the website Media Voices for Children, Rick explained more about what led him to found Positive Exposure, and how On Beauty will be featured within the film. Continued

50% off EVERYTHING in the Kartemquin store!

As thanks for your support this year, Kartemquin is offering 50% off all our DVDs and merchandise. Get a great gift for yourself or the documentary film lover in your life simply by using the coupon KTQGIFT15 at Titles available include many of the films highlighted in our IMPACT campaign. We've been overwhelmed by the support we've received since launching it in October, and it's been wonderful to read the impact testimonials you have shared with us. If you haven't explored the campaign yet, please check it out (as you check out with your half-price DVDs!), and consider an end of year donation to help us make more films. Continued

"I was so thankful I saw this movie"

At Kartemquin, we adore getting feedback on our films. It's why we created the Impact campaign, and it's why we try to make sure our producers and directors are present at as many screenings as possible. We're especially delighted when we get responses like the letters we recently received from the 8th grade class of Randall Middle School in Lithia, Florida. Their teacher, Jeff Rawlins, had encouraged the students to watch Kartemquin's film Vietnam: Long Time Coming in honor of Veteran's Day, and to write letters to the film's subjects, veterans from both sides of the Vietnam war who join together to ride a 1100-mile bike expedition through the country. Here are some of the student's responses to the film: Continued

History repeats for Hoop Dreams?

In a recent interview, William Gates, subject of Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams, reveals his son William Gates Jr. (seen as a baby in the classic 1994 film) is now a rising star on the basketball court and is being coached by Gene Pingatore at St. Joseph High School just like his dad. In the interview, William Gates Jr also reveals he is a big fan of the documentary profiling his father's bid to reach the NBA, having watched the "inspiring" film at least 10 times. Read the full article. Continued

No Crossover praised for opening dialogue on race

The Daily Press has heralded No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for bringing "a winning spirit and good cheer" to the area in 2010. Stating that the film "provided the fullest account yet of the Allen Iverson bowling alley incident," journalist David Squires praised the film for using sports "as a backdrop to tell Hampton Roads and the nation that when race is involved, things can get irrational. Perhaps the film's biggest contribution is that it opened local dialogue on race, thanks to forums held during the local screenings." Read the full article. No Crossover director Steve James and subject Allen Iverson grew up in the Hampton Roads area. Continued

New Marco trailer

Watch the new trailer for Marco, a cinema verité look at natural childbirth and a couple's struggle to control how their baby will be born. Our classic documentary from 1970 is available on DVD for the first time as Volume 3 of the Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years, and features new updates on the Temaner family today. Get all three volumes of the Early Years collection from the Kartemquin store. This new trailer was edited by our Post-Production Director Liz Kaar. Continued