News for August 2011

Excitement, controversy building for A Good Man

A Good Man, Kartemquin's new film about legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, will screen this Friday at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Co-Director Gordon Quinn is attending, and will also be giving a presentation on "fair use" for documentary filmmakers (get tickets and info). Before the festival, Gordon was interviewed by Film Slate Magazine, stating that "One of the things that attracted us to the project in the first place was that Bill is someone who takes no prisoners. He’s intense, he’s emotional, he’s very willing to be controversial. He’s an artist."   Continued

Joanna Rudnick on "BRCA-Mommy-Hood"

Ahead of tonight's WTTW Chicago broadcast of In the Family, director/producer Joanna Rudnick reflects on the past decade of her life: living with the knowledge that she is genetically predisposed to a high chance of suffering from breast and ovarian cancer, making an award-winning film about the consequences of that knowledge and its effect on other women with the BRCA gene mutation, and finally, giving birth to a beautiful baby girl! Read Joanna's moving blog below and watch a video update below: BRCA-Mommy-Hood Continued

Giving thanks for The Interrupters Youth Media Summit

With only a week to go until the Chicago theatrical run of The Interrupters, Kartemquin would like to thank The Chicago Community Trust, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and the Polk Bros. Foundation for providing generous support to The Interrupters local outreach efforts, including a Youth Media Summit, and both Chicago private film premiere events. Their support allowed us a local launch of the film's outreach and engagement campaign and made possible a "friends and family" theatrical premiere in Chicago -- even before NYC!  We are so grateful!   Continued

Remembering Jack Wing

All of us at Kartemquin were extremely sad to learn of the passing of our Board member Jack Wing, who died on Sunday night after two years of struggling with illness.   Jack's board service was much appreciated as he helped form our working finance committee, utilize his connections in the finance world to our benefit, and always offer sound and kind advice to executive director Justine Nagan and artistic director Gordon Quinn. Gordon met Jack while serving on the Illinois Humanities Council board where Jack served for many years.   "Jack will be missed. He was a great friend, and could always be depended upon for honest counsel," said Gordon Quinn.   Continued

Honorable Mention for A Good Man at Woods Hole

A Good Man received an honorable mention for the Audience Award from the Woods Hole Film Festival, where co-director Gordon Quinn presented the film to an enthusiatic crowd last weekend. The film also received a positive mention in Filmmaker Magazine's coverage of the festival, which stated:   "In the very beginning of the film, what captured me was the beauty and gracefulness of the dancing, the powerful aesthetic movements of the dancers. A subject I know nothing about, have never had any interest to know anything about, yet I now found fascinating. But this is not a documentary about dancing, nor Abraham Lincoln, or even about Bill Jones. It’s about an artist’s struggle to make his art." Continued

Kartemquin Films at 45: Celebrate the Power of Storytelling

On September 15th in Chicago, Kartemquin Films celebrates 45 years of letting the people tell the story. Our event at the Metro will honor Kartemquin's legacy, and support our future as a documentary powerhouse, producing important, quality social-issue films and filmmakers.    We invite you to join us for cocktails, hors d'ouerves, and a rare opportunity to engage with independent artists and enjoy an exclusive sneak preview of new work that we will be completing in 2012. Like our films themselves, the event will celebrate storytelling and positive social change, and will draw a number of important guests from throughout our history.   Purchase your tickets now, or if you are unable to attend, please consider supporting Kartemquin through a donation.   Continued

Rolling out The Interrupters

On Wednesday night, the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), CeaseFire Illinois, The Chicago Community Trust, the McCormick Foundation and Kartemquin Films hosted a private reception for key members of the Chicago community before a screening of The Interrupters.   Some great speeches came from speakers such as UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Mears; David Hiller, President of the McCormick Foundation; Terry Mazany, President of the Chicago Community Trust; Gary Slutkin, CeaseFire Executive Director, and The Interrupters producer Alex Kotlowitz.   Finally, the film's Co-producer Zak Piper recapped the film's progress to date, and a request came from the crowd to share that information, which we are doing below:   Continued