News for June 2013

Living History: '63 Boycott Blog Connects Chicago's Past to Present

The team behind '63 Boycott launched a new blog today: '63 Boycott: A Living History will document stories shared with us by participants in the historic march against segregation in Chicago schools of October 1963, struggles in public education today, as well as production updates and source materials discovered while making the film. The launch of this blog is a major step in realizing the essential goal of the project: to provide a modern perspective of the impact and legacy of the 1963 Boycott. Part oral history, part news blog, A Living History promises to be an engaging resource for exploring 50 years of student activism. The filmmakers note that "A Living History will be active, updated frequently, and live on long after the film is completed." Continued

Victory for In the Family: Supreme Court rules against human gene patents

A major victory for Joanna Rudnick and the American Civil Liberties Union! On June 13, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against Myriad Genetics regarding the legality of gene patents. Myriad held the patents to the BRCA1 and 2 mutations, which significantly raise the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Our film In The Family addressed this issue in 2008 and helped raise awareness of the movement that led to this final decision. Continued

Sundance and SF Film Society help The Homestretch

Great news for The Homestretch: the film was selected to take part in the Sundance Institute's 2013 Documentary Edit and Story Labs, and is a finalist for funding from the San Francisco Film Society 2013 Documentary Fund! The Sundance Institute's Documentary Edit and Story Labs brings together just 9 director and editor teams with world-renowned documentary filmmakers and Sundance Institute staff to support creative risk-taking around issues of story, dramatic structure and character development. From Friday, July 5 - Saturday, July 13 The Homestretch director/producers Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare will attend with editor Leslie Simmer. Continued

The Trials of Muhammad Ali screens this weekend at AFI DOCS

On June 20, 1967, Muhammad Ali, perhaps the defining athlete of the 20th century, was convicted of evading the United States draft by refusing to take part in the Vietnam Conflict. 46 years later, the political and cultural impact of that landmark court case comes to life in Bill Siegel’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Hailed by Dave Zirin (Sports Editor of The Nation), as “The best Muhammad Ali doc I've ever seen,” The Trials of Muhammad Ali is an explosive film that explores Ali’s choice to stand up for belief and conscience over fame and fortune. As William C. Rhoden writes in the New York Times, Ali's story is "a reminder that courage, honor and integrity are timeless." Continued

Chicago Digital Media Production Fund has Kartemquin Flavor

Kartemquin-related projects have an impressive presence among the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund 2013 awardees. A total of 5 projects with connections to us have been selected for grants ranging from $4,200 to $10,000, and all the projects will be completed and viewable online by May 2014. '63 Boycott, a full Kartemquin project directed by Gordon Quinn and produced by Zak Piper. Chicago Shareef, directed by Nushmia Khan, former KTQ Intern (spring '13). Public School Closings in Chicago (working title), directed by Rachel Dickson, former KTQ Intern (spring '13). Les Oiseaux (working title), directed by Jeff Perlman, former KTQ Intern (spring '11). Continued

In Memoriam: Michael Sullivan

All of us at Kartemquin would like to note the sad passing of Michael Sullivan, longtime executive producer with FRONTLINE for PBS. In particular, he is fondly remembered by our team on The Interrupters, which aired on FRONTLINE in February 2012. The Interrupters director Steve James states: "All of us who worked with Mike on The Interrupters mourn his passing and remember him as a truly valued colleague and steady guide throughout the making of the film with FRONTLINE." Continued

Help Us Finish On Beauty: an Appeal by Joanna Rudnick

We recently had a chance to share On Beauty with the nation for the first time when Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Rick Guidotti and his pioneering work with Positive Exposure. The response we received back was INCREDIBLE. This was followed up by a righteous piece on Upworthy that featured our trailer at its core. This is telling us that everyone wants to see a whole film about Rick Guidotti and Positive Exposure, and I am here now asking you to HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN. Continued