News for March 2012

Presenting The Interrupters Community Discussion Guide

Awards season may have ended for The Interrupters, so now on to the really important stuff: the film’s outreach campaign is just starting to heat up.  Now available for community screenings, schools, Interrupters House Parties and for all Interrupters outreach events is The Interrupters Community Discussion Guide (PDF download).   Continued

University of Wisconsin Recognizes Kartemquin's Executive Director, Justine Nagan

Although it's no secret that we adore our Executive Director, Justine Nagan (dir: Typeface), we're thrilled to see her getting some love from the University of Wisconsin, where she was recognized this month as one of their "Forward Under 40."   Whether you know Justine well or are just learning her name now, the article is worth a read and really helps to capture just how lucky we are to have this talent heading up our organization. As the article points out, "Justine Nagan is poised to vault into prominence in the national media community as a business executive, a creative force, and a social justice advocate." We agree!   Continued

Typeface UK TV premiere tonight!

Our UK fans should be sure to watch the UK television premiere of Typeface tonight at 7:50pm on Sky Arts 1. Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan's 2009 film has won fans around the world for its endearing portrayal of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI, and its wider investigation of the persistence and popularity of analog craft traditions in the digital age. It was also named best documentary at the 2009 Flyway Film Festival. It's a must for letterpress, printing, typography and design fans, so spread the word! Continued

Join us for Rock the Doc: Tunes and Trivia!

Please join Kartemquin at The Whistler on April 12th for "Rock the Doc — Tunes & Trivia" Test your knowledge against Chicago's finest brains, and then throw down some dance moves to DJ Zak Piper spinning vinyl. Prizes and pride for the winning team. Free Entry! Trivia: $15 for a team of 6, or $4 a person. All proceeds from trivia and a portion of the bar will go towards supporting Kartemquin, your favorite nonprofit Chicago filmmakers of The Interrupters, Typeface, Hoop Dreams and more, enabling us to continuing producing and distributing social issue documentaries and nurturing independent filmmakers – emerging and veteran. Continued

Taking Action: PBS Needs Independents

EDIT: March 23. PBS has declared that they will now be reconsidering the scheduling of these series, due in large part to the pressure exerted by your advocacy. However, if you would like to add your signature we will still accept them. Thank you - Kartemquin. The following is an open letter to PBS. We encourage all independent filmmakers and fans of public media to join us as signatories by commenting below, or emailing us at, or tweet #PBSNeedsIndies to us on Twitter. Continued

Major filmmakers pledge their support for our open letter to PBS

On Friday, a small coalition of Kartemquin producers and independent documentary filmmakers led by Gordon Quinn and Carlos Sandoval wrote an open letter to PBS expressing our dismay at their decision to move the nation's two biggest program strands for independent, award-winning documentary — Independent Lens and POV — away from Tuesday nights, their previous timeslot. This decision caused a significant decline in viewers for the programs, and seemed indicative of a potential jeopardization of PBS' mission to support independent democratic voices. Continued

The Interrupters to receive the Henry Hampton Award

The Interrupters will be honored with the 2012 Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media. Academy Award-nominated director John Singleton (Boyz in the Hood) will present the award to Kartemquin filmmaker Steve James on April 28th at the Council on Foundations 45th Film and Video Festival in Los Angeles, part of the Council on Foundations annual conference. Emmy award-winning filmmkaer Stanley Nelson will also be honored at this year's festival, which brings together representatives of the nation's biggest philanthropic organizations.   Continued

Docmakers make the difference: PBS agrees to move Indie strands

Filmmakers' voices have made a difference to the future of public broadcasting. PBS has agree to move two series crucial to indie filmmakers - Independent Lens and POV - back into the PBS core schedule.    According to a New York Times report, PBS has still not decided on which day the series will find their home. We hope that the final decision will reflect the way in which the programming in these series meets the fundamental mission of public broadcasting. We eagerly await the news.    Continued

Typography Fans in Phoenix Get a Special Treat

On Monday, March 26th, at 7:30 pm, the FilmBar will be holding a screening of Typeface (2009), Kartemquin’s ode to the slow, artful method of traditional printing.  The next day, Arizona State University will be hosting Moveable Print, a traveling letterpress studio inside a 1982 Chevy van.  The event is free, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.  Visitors will be able to create their own letterpress souvenir.  Is this the beginning of Phoenix Typography Week?  We certainly hope so! Continued