News for November 2012

Gordon Quinn speaking on Fair Use in Mexico

Kartemquin's Co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn travels to the 2012 Festival Internacional del Cine en Morelia tomorrow, where he will give a presentation and workshop on Copyright and Fair Use in Documentary film at the prestigious Mexican film festival's "Morelia LAB (Doc)" program strand. The LAB (Doc) promises a "workshop for Mexican and Latin American producers [that] will bring together leading professionals in the field of documentary, who generate a space for reflection on the film work." Read more information on Kartemquin's role in promoting Fair Use in Documentary Film, and in an update on our recent DMCA exemption victory. Continued

Making the Muhammad Ali Documentary

The Trials of Muhammad Ali will be our first release of 2013. The film covers Ali's tumultuous battle against being drafted into the Vietnam War. In a new interview for our newsletter, Director Bill Siegel (who has waited 20 years to make the film), Producer Rachel Pikelny and Editor Aaron Wickenden talk about unearthing forgotten archive footage, getting the blessing of Ali and his family, and how this documentary portrays Ali "as a fighter fueled by defiance, faith and a quest for justice." Continued

Diverse Voices in Docs, Ready to Launch

Tomorrow night, the Community Film Workshop of Chicago hosts the free, public launch of Diverse Voices in Docs, a new professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentary makers of color. Please join us. Created through collaboration between Community Film Workshop and Kartemquin Films, and backed by funding from Joyce Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, we are hoping to mentor 20 emerging docmakers over 6 months as they work on projects. The deadline for applications is December 17th. Get more details on the program and apply online today. Continued

Typeface's Hamilton Wood Type Museum facing eviction

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, featured in our 2009 documentary Typeface, is facing eviction from the building that bears its name, and desperately needs help to save its priceless, historic collection of wood type - the world's largest. In a plea for support on the Hamilton website, the museum's director Bill Moran states: "Hamilton is being forced to move, perhaps as soon as mid-February. The owners of our building have given us 90 days to pack and vacate the building. We have little or no money to do this and no place to move to. We are attempting to raise $250,000 in short order to get 30,000 sq. feet of printing history packed up and ready for a new home, wherever that may be. PLEASE consider a donation today." Continued

Photos of Diverse Voices and Muhammad Ali

Head over to our Facebook page to view photos from the launch of Diverse Voices in Docs, our new professional development program from documentary makers. The snaps were taken last week at Community Film Workshop, our partner on the program. Thanks to all who came to the event and shared ideas and feedback with us. The informal gathering confirmed that there was great enthusiasm for the program and its goal of expanding opportunities for and within the Chicago documentary community, and also that there is a high level of unheralded talent already creating films in the city. If you missed the event, want to apply, or just want to find more information, visit the Diverse Voices in Docs page on our site. Continued

Steve James Brings his Docs to USC & BYOD

This Friday, Steve James will present a special screening of The Interrupters at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, followed by discussion with USC alum Shaft director John Singleton, and The Interrupters stars Ameena Matthews and Eddie Bocanegra. The event is now sold out. Tomorrow, Steve will also present Stevie at USC SCA (get more info & RSVP). But if you can't attend, perhaps an online video interview of Steve James by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig! and We Live in Public) will help compensate! Continued

Kartemquin speaking to Cinema/Chicago Teacher's Institute

As part of our KTQ in the Classroom initiative, Kartemquin staff members will speak to Chicago Public School teachers tomorrow at Columbia College from 10:30-2:30pm about how they can use our films to open discussions on a vast array of complex social subjects. We'll be sharing a number of clips and drawing on our vast archive of discussion guides and educational modules. Kartemquin staff will also preview, a new cutting-edge video website based on The Interrupters designed for use by educators and young people affected by violence. Continued