News for January 2012

A Good Man launches Oak Park "Films for $5ive" series

Several Kartemquin documentaries will be part of a new "Films for $5ive" documentary screening series at the Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park, Illinois, starting next Friday, January 13th at 7pm with A Good Man. The film's Associate Producer Rachel Pikelny will attend the screening.   The nine-week “Films for $5ive” series will feature 4 screenings each weekend:  Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2pm.  Each weekend will feature 2 films, each of which will screen twice, with each weekend’s films focusing loosely on a global theme and offering different perspectives.  As often as schedules will allow, the directors, producers and others involved in the making of the films will be present to discuss their work following each event. Continued

The Interrupters wins top award at Cinema Eye Honors!

The Interrupters won two awards tonight at the Cinema Eye Honors in New York: Best Direction for Steve James, and the top honor of the night: "Oustanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking."   In accepting the award from documentary legend Michael Moore, Steve James quipped: "Tonight, I really don't care about the Oscars!"   Congratulations to The Interrupters main crew of Steve James, Alex Kotlowitz, Zak Piper and Aaron Wickenden, and thanks to everyone who has helped support this film!   You can now pre-order the DVD and Blu-Ray of The Interrupters in the Kartemquin store, where we are offering 20% off and free signed posters for randomly selected lucky buyers!   Continued

Illinois Humanities Council funds American Arab

The Illinois Humanities Council has awarded a grant of $5,000 to in-progress Kartemquin Documentary American Arab.   Here is a statement from director/producer Usama Alshaibi and Associate Producer Tristan Hanson:   "Arab American is thrilled to announce a $5,000 grant from the Illinois Humanities Council in support of the project. We want to thank the Council for their vote of confidence, which has been a great boost to our spirits as we move full speed ahead with our 2012 fundraising efforts."  American Arab asks: "What does it mean to be an Arab living in America today?" and is currently in post-prdocution. You can help support the completion of the film by donating here. Continued

With a lot of help from our friends

We did it! Thank you to all the Kartemquin supporters who donated at the end of 2011, our 45th anniversary year, to help us in a our bid to raise $10,000 to match a challenge grant from a generous individual and the Cardiff Fund. We were successful and raised a total of $12,785, which will now be doubled as result. The funds will go towards our continued operation: making films, making filmmakers, and making a difference!   We would like to express our utmost gratitude to the following donors:   Peter and Lucy Ascoli Jim and Becky Chandler Howard Cosgrove Bonnie Cosgrove Ruthless Films Nick Gully Sean Besser Hank Ruth Hansen Henry Heyming Hayden Hirschfeld Alicia Huguelet Carrie James Elizabeth Kaar Barbara Koenen Meridian Hill Pictures Continued

HUM 255 radical featured in NY Times magazine

The New York Times Magazine cover story last Sunday, January 12th, "Judith Clark’s Radical Transformation", was about Judith Clark, a reformed militant 70's left-wing radical currently serving life imprisonment for being involved with an 1981 armed robbery and murder.   We bring this excellent article to your attention because a young Judith Clark appears in our classic 1970 documentary HUM 255, as one of the leaders of the student takeover of The University of Chicago administration building. She was expelled with the students who return a year later to speak to the Hum 255 class.   Continued

In Memoriam: Dara Greenwald

Kartemquin is sad to learn of the passing of Dara Greenwald, a former intern and life-long friend of the organization. She had been battling cancer and sadly died last week at the age of 40. We are thinking of her and her family.   Dara worked at Kartemquin in the late 1990's, during the era of Vietnam: Long Time Coming and 5 Girls. She is remembered as being one of those great interns who remains part of the KTQ family long after they move on. After Kartemquin, she worked at our friends Video Data Bank from 1998 to 2005. Read their obituary and a another tribute to her from Bad at Sports. You can view some of her many art/activism projects at her website, and find out information about her memorial weekend events.   Continued

Ameena Matthews to appear on The Colbert Report

Has Stephen Colbert finally met his match? Ameena Matthews, one of the stars of The Interrupters, will be his guest on Wednesday, February 1st at 11:30pm (10:30pm CT) on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.   Ameena, recently named "Chicagoan of the Year in Film" by The Chicago Tribune, will be discussing her work as an Ceasefire Illinois Violence Interrupter ahead of the film's US television premiere on PBS Frontline at 9pm on Tuesday, February 14th (check local listings) and same day DVD/Blu-Ray release.   Continued