News for September 2011

Hoop Dreams #1

Kartemquin is proud to announce that Hoop Dreams was named the #1 film on Current TV's series of "50 Documentaries To See Before You Die."  The program, hosted by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, spread the 50 films over 5 Tuesday nights this summer.  On August 30th, Spurlock caught up with Director Steve James and subjects William Gates and Arthur Agee to talk about Hoop Dreams and life since. Read more about the show on the Current website and in the New York Times. Continued

United Nations to screen The Interrupters for International Day of Peace celebration

Kartemquin is honored that The Interrupters will screen for delegates at the United Nations in New York on September 14th.   Producers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz will attend along with Co-Producer Zak Piper, and interrupters Ameena Matthews, Eduardo Bocanegra, and Ricardo 'Cobe' Williams. The following day, they will all be present as the UN rings the Peace Bell to commemorate the 'International Day of Peace.'   The screening will be introduced by Undersecretary General and High Representative to UN Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury and Ms. Hannelore Hoppe, Director and Deputy to the High Representative of the Office of Disarmament Affairs. A Q&A will follow the screening. A press release is attached below this article.   Continued

Celebrating 45 years of Chicago storytelling

Kartemquin Films marks its 45th year with a celebration of the power of storytelling this Thursday, September 15th at The Metro.   The event is the first of many this fall in recognition of this unique and often unheralded indie film success story – best known for producing Hoop Dreams – including retrospectives by the Milwaukee Film Festival; the University of Chicago’s Doc Films; Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox cinema; and the Virginia Film Festival, in addition to an ongoing monthly showcase on Chicago’s WTTW11 PBS station.   Continued

Chicago's Mayor wishes Kartemquin a Happy 45th Birthday

Here at Kartemquin we are all very excited about tonight's #KTQ45 celebration at the Metro (with literally a handful of last, last minute tickets still available on the door)! But we're not the only ones: we were delighted to receive a letter of congratulations from Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel this morning!   Here's the full text of the letter:   "September 15, 2011   Dear Friends,   As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I write to welcome attending the 45th Anniversary celebration of Kartemquin Films.   Continued

Continuity amid Changes on the Kartemquin Board

Kartemquin would like to thank outgoing Chair Steve Whisnant for his years of service to the organization. Steve has been a friend of Kartemquin since his involvement on 1998's Vietnam: Long Time Coming, and was the first board Chair elected to Kartemquin's inaugural working board, formed in 2007 as a result of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Steve will continue to sit on the board and share his expertise. Current board member Adrianne Furniss was voted Board Chair unanimously by the board at Friday's meeting, following Thursday night's celebration . She has been a board member for the past two years and brings a wealth of experience in film management, strategic planning and media distribution.   Continued

A Good Man opens tonight in Chicago!

A Good Man has its Chicago premiere tonight at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Ticket holders for both performances (6:15pm & 8:15pm) are invited to a reception with the filmmakers and Kartemquin staff. Join us tonight or get tickets for the one week run!   Ahead of the opening the Chicago press has been universally positive in reviewing the film, which follows Bill T. Jones for 2 years, from commission to performance, as he creates a new dance-theatre work based on the legacy of Abraham Lincoln for the Ravinia Festival.   Continued