News for July 2013

Sneak Peek of '63 Boycott this Thursday at Hyde Park Union Church

This Thursday at the Free Minds, Free People conference, we will premiere a never-before-seen ten minute trailer of our upcoming documentary, `63 Boycott. The film chronicles the Chicago Public School Boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed mobile school units on playgrounds and parking lots as a “permanent solution” to overcrowding in black schools. The project, which incorporates recent interviews with our historical footage from 1963, will offer a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later as it reconnects the participants to each other and the event itself. Continued

3 Emmy Nominations for Kartemquin!

We are honored and delighted to have received three Emmy Awards nominations! The Interrupters was nominated twice, for "Outstanding Informational Programming—Long-Form" and "Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form." We also received a nomination in the "Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long-Form" category for As Goes Janesville. Hearty congratulations go out to the teams on both projects, along with our broadcast partners at PBS, ITVS, Independent Lens, and FRONTLINE. Continued

Upworthy generates new interest in Generation Food

Over the last few days, we've seen a wave of individual donations to Generation Food, the in-progress Steve James and Raj Patel transmedia documentary on sharing new solutions to the world's food problems. We've also seen deluge of supportive social media shares of the film's 2012 fundraising trailer, made for their very successful Indiegogo appeal. The single source for all this recent - and very welcome - interest in the project? A single post on Upworthy. Our thanks to them for bringing many new people and new funders to the film! Continued

DCASE awards funds to Unbroken Glass & Almost There filmmakers

Two Kartemquin filmmakers have been awarded individual artist program grants by the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Both grants are for $4,000 each. Dinesh Sabu received funding for Unbroken Glass, his debut documentary. He will use the funds to continue working towards and assembly edit with editor Matt Lauterbach. "It's an honor to be one of the artists the City of Chicago has chosen to support," said Dinesh. You should also read his latest blog on the the process and perceptions of making a "personal documentary." Continued

The Academy ups support to Diverse Voices in Docs

We are delighted to announce that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded a grant of $7,500 to our Diverse Voices in Docs program. The program, which Kartemquin operates in collaboration with the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, just completed its first session of providing six months of mentorship and training to documentary filmmakers of color. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences was also a funder for the first year of the program, and we are very pleased to note they have increased their funding for Year 2 as a result of seeing the program in action and hearing the very positive feedback from the filmmakers involved. Continued

Save the date: Kartemquin's 2013 Gala is Friday September 20th

Celebrating collaborative documentaries that spark democracy, the Kartemquin 2013 Gala will unite Chicago changemakers who believe in the power of independent media. Coming soon: One Night Only! Kartemquin 2013 Gala City Lights & Cocktails at the top of Chicago Friday night, September 20th, 2013. If you were one of the lucky attendees who joined us last year, you will remember the stunning location.* We are delighted to be generously hosted there again, enjoying unparalleled views of the loop, wonderful food and drink, and stimulating conversation. Tickets go on sale August 5th. Last year's event sold out in record time, and likely will again. Please hold tight and stay tuned. Questions? Email or call 773-472-4366. -- *Private address, to be revealed to attendees only. Continued

Official trailer: The Trials of Muhammad Ali and upcoming screening dates

Muhammad Ali is coming to a city near you! Check out the stirring new trailer. Below is the list of confirmed theatrical dates for The Trials of Muhammad Ali. More dates are being added by distributor Kino Lorber each day, so you may want to bookmark this page or check back to the film's Events page. If you don't see your local theater on this list, please get in touch with them to request they book the film, and let us know too! You can contact the film via Facebook and Twitter and email. All dates are week-long runs* unless specified. August Continued