News for January 2013

Illinois Arts Council Awards Dinesh Sabu

The Illinois Arts Council has awarded Kartemquin filmmaker Dinesh Sabu a grant of $2500 for Individual Artist's Support, to use on his debut documentary Unbroken Glass. Dinesh, a graduate of the Kartemquin Internship program, will use the funding to consult with Kartemquin's Senior Editor Leslie Simmer (editor on As Goes Janesville, In the Family, The War Tapes and more) this winter to integrate some of the more complex social issues Unbroken Glass tackles into the film's narrative. Continued

See Typeface, and support the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is facing eviction, and has just days left to raise enough funds to transfer its amazing collection - the world's largest - of wood type to a new location. If you are in Chicago, you can help the museum through attending a screening of our film Typeface on Tuesday, January 15th at 7pm at Harrington College of Design. Doors at 7:00, screening at 7:30. Tickets available here: Typeface director Justine Nagan will attend the screening. Continued

Ford Foundation funding for The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali has received a major grant of $160,000 from the Ford Foundation, through their Just Films initiative. The funds were sought by director/producer Bill Siegel and producer Rachel Pikelny to aid final production on the documentary, which is scheduled to be Kartemquin's first release of 2013. We are delighted to receive this endorsement from the Ford Foundation, which puts The Trials of Muhammad Ali in the company of some of the most acclaimed documentaries of recent years. Continued

CriterionCast is Crazy for our Early Years

"A truly fantastic look at one of the most influential names within the world of non-fiction filmmaking." At, film critic Joshua Brunsting has posted a series of reviews of our DVD-set of 1960s-made classics, The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years Volumes 1, 2 & 3. The reviews are so effusive in their praise for the individual films and Kartemquin as a whole that we just had to share some of our favorite quotes. Continued

Take Part in '63 Boycott

Did you or someone you know participate in the 1963 Chicago School Boycott? We filmed the boycott in 1963 and are searching for participants in this historic event who are interested in sharing their stories for possible inclusion in the '63 Boycott film now in production. '63 Boycott will feature previously unreleased 16mm footage of the event, along with then and now interviews with organizers and demonstrators who took to the streets of Chicago on October 22, 1963, (AKA "Freedom Day") protesting the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis in one of the biggest mass civil rights protests in the city's history. 63 Boycott and its companion website will provide a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later, reconnecting the participants to each other and the event itself. Continued

The Homestretch heads to Sundance

Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare, producers of The Homestretch, are in Park City this week, attending the 2013 Sundance Film Festival as Sundance Documentary Fellows. One of just twelve work-in-progress docs featured in the program, they'll be pitching the film to a variety of industry figures in the hope of raising additional funds to keep the edit going this Spring. The film, a co-production with Spargel productions, explores urban homelessness amongst adolescents enrolled in the Chicago Public Schools, and is being cut by Kartemquin's Leslie Simmer (As Goes Janesville). Continued