News for December 2013

Help support final funding for LIFE ITSELF

The Indiegogo campaign for Life Itself has been going strong for a little over one week now, and the filmmakers have raised almost $60,000 from over 500 backers. The response from fans all over the world has been overwhelming, and it’s been heartwarming for director Steve James and team to see the outpouring of respect and care for Roger and his work. Roger’s life extended far beyond movies, and the numerous tweets and emails from fans relaying stories about his influence go a long way in showing just how great an impact he had on nearly everyone he met -- whether they knew him personally, read his writing, saw him on TV, or interacted with him on social media. Continued

Justine Nagan makes Crain's Chicago "40 under 40" list

Crain's Chicago has selected Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan for their prestigious annual "40 under 40" list of Chicago's "next generation of leaders." Justine, who has led Kartemquin for five years as ED, originally joined the organization as a volunteer/intern in 2003, after being inspired by seeing our films Stevie and Refrigerator Mothers. Under her guidance we have greatly strengthened our programs for filmmakers, fundraising and marketing, without compromising our production of quality documentaries (in fact, we've greatly increased that, too). Yet, Justine states that "the one characteristic every leader should possess is a sense of humility." Continued

Sundance to host 20th anniversary Hoop Dreams screening

Sundance Institute today announced that the newly restored Hoop Dreams (1994) will screen in the 'From the Collection' program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 20 years after the film made its world premiere at the 1994 Festival. The recently completed restoration represents the collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films. Filmmakers Steve James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx and subject Arthur Agee are expected to participate in an extended Q&A immediately following the January 20 screening. The 2014 Festival will be January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Continued

Watch "The Hall" - a new video about our Archive Project

Formed in 1966, Kartemquin has been producing social issue documentaries for almost 5 decades. In the process, we've amassed a huge archive of production elements, somewhere in the region of 18,000 reels, tapes, discs, cards, and hard drives. Find out more here. We think the Kartemquin Archives will be of great use to film scholars, filmmakers and historians for years to come, both as record of our work, of Chicago history, and of documentary media making in the midwest. If you would like to donate to support this effort to preserve it, please visit Directed, produced and edited by Aniluz Mercedes (Kartemquin Intern - Fall 2012). Continued