News for February 2013

Watch As Goes Janesville on PBS & get BizVizz on your iPhone

Tonight at 10pm, PBS Independent Lens re-broadcasts As Goes Janesville, the award-winning "political thriller" (New York Times) documentary by Brad Lichtenstein that examines one Wisconsin town divided by class and ideological differences on how to recover from the closure of its primary employer, a General Motors plant. To coincide with the re-broadcast and the film's release on DVD and VOD, the filmmakers have also released BizVizz, the first mobile iPhone app to make corporate behavior transparent. Get BizVizz today FREE from the iTunes App store. Continued

25 University Screenings of The Interrupters this week

Over the next week, The Interrupters, working in collaboration with React To Film, will screen at 25 universities from coast to coast – from Princeton to Berkeley. React To Film, an educational program in high schools and universities that features social issue documentaries, is featuring The Interrupters as part of their College Action Network series. React To Film’s co-founder, Dennis Paul commented, “No better film has ever been made on the subject of violence in America than The Interrupters. There are so many opportunities that we have collectively -- as parents, brothers, sisters, friends, politicians, educators, and citizens -- to interrupt this chain for our children's sake.” Continued

Good Pitch is Coming to Chicago!

On October 22nd, 2013, Chicago will host Good Pitch for the very first time, it was announced last night at Chicago's Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. In the style of other successful Good Pitch² events, Good Pitch Chicago will bring together "Midwestern filmmakers with nonprofits, foundations, philanthropists, brands and media around leading social issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society." Continued

Meet Legendary Filmmakers and Critics at SCMS Chicago

From March 6-10, the world's largest gathering of cinema experts will be in Chicago. The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) 2013 Chicago Conference brings together global film academics and critics to discuss the past, present and future of cinematic arts. So, of course, Kartemquin is involved! The showpiece opening night event of the conference is also open to the public: Urban Documentaries and Social Change: Where Are We? Asking the question of "how do we socially understand urban media and how has the contemporary political landscape impacted documentary filmmaking?", the event, hosted by the MCA Chicago, features a very strong and rare meeting of acclaimed panelists. Continued