News for April 2013

'63 Boycott Website Launches!

On April 1st, 2013, Chicago's Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams) will launch as part of '63 Boycott, a cross-platform, web driven project designed to connect with participants in the historic 1963 Chicago Public School Boycott and engage the public in the importance of this history when considering the issues the city's public education system faces today. The website will help find the subjects for a documentary film, and evolve into a platform for those who participated in the boycott 50 years ago and those struggling for equal education today. The project is directed by Gordon Quinn (A Good Man, Prisoner of Her Past) and produced by Quinn and Zak Piper (The Interrupters). Continued

Film Streams in Omaha to present Steve James retrospective

Film Streams in Omaha, NE will welcome award winning documentary filmmaker Steve James as part of their Visiting Artist Series. Many of James’ exceptional films, dealing with a range of issues, will be screened from Saturday, May 4 – Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Ruth Sokolof Theatre at 1340 Mike Fahey St. in Omaha, NE. The series kicks off with Steve James’ and Kartemquin Films’ award winning documentary Hoop Dreams, noted by Roger Ebert as "one of the great moviegoing experiences of my lifetime." Also included in the series are: Stevie Reel Paradise Continued

An outpouring of love for Roger Ebert as he announces "a leave of presence"

UPDATE: We are all devastated to learn of Roger Ebert's death. Please bear with us as we process the shattering loss of our friend. Our statement on his passing can be found here. The page and storify below has been left unedited to reflect our feelings of celebration and kindness in the moments before his death. To see remembrances following his passing, read our updated Storify: Fans react to Roger Ebert's death. --- Read our Storify "Outpouring of love for Roger Ebert" to see hundreds of posts responding to the eloquent recent announcement by Roger Ebert: "A Leave of Presence." Continued

Roger Ebert: a visionary, a champion and a friend.

Kartemquin Films is devastated by the loss of Roger Ebert. He was a visionary, a champion and a friend. In his first year as a film critic in 1967, he reviewed our very first film, Home for Life. In 1994, he and Gene Siskel became early impassioned, vocal supporters for our film Hoop Dreams in such an unprecedented way that it not only changed our lives, but forever altered public perception of the potential for documentary film. We were honored last year when he agreed to trust us to create a documentary based on his memoir, Life Itself. In the wake of his death, we are further humbled and proud to be telling his story and celebrating the impact of his life. Production will continue. Continued

Trials of Muhammad Ali world premiere sells out in 2 hours

The world premiere screenings of The Trials of Muhammad Ali at Tribeca Film Festival are sold out. Individual tickets for AmEx card holders went on sale this morning at 9am ET. Despite the festival's website crashing and phone lines being jammed, less than 2 hours later all tickets for the screenings of April 26th and April 27th were completely sold out. We are delighted that there is so much enthusiasm for our next release! The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a Kartemquin documentary exploring Ali’s lifelong journey of spiritual transformation and covers his toughest bout, his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing military service during Vietnam, sacrificing fame and fortune on faith and conscience. Continued

Trials of Muhammad Ali Festival Poster & Press Kit Online

Check out the new poster for The Trials of Muhammad Ali, designed by Reid Compton. To download a full resolution version, please go here. Share it, pin it, post it, spread it however you like - ALI IS COMING! We're releasing this new poster in time for the film's upcoming festival run, beginning with the World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival April 26th & 27th (both screenings already SOLD OUT) and the Montclair Film Festival on May 5th. More worldwide festival dates are confirmed; we hope to be able to announce them soon. Continued

#DocYourWorld unites Chicago documentary community

Over 60 documentary makers across the fields of journalism, film, radio, and the web will present at #DocYourWorld, a 3-day Chicago symposium on all things documentary. Kartemquin filmmaker and Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Dan Rybicky (Almost There) created the conference, which features many of our films and filmmakers, including an exclusive sneak preview of clips from The Trials of Muhammad Ali. #DocYourWorld runs from April 16-18 at Columbia College Chicago and is free and open to the public. Kartemquin-related highlights include: Continued