News for September 2014

Chicago and Kartemquin, Kartemquin and Chicago

We love our fair city by the lake, and this September are feeling the love back in return as we host a number of special events and screenings in our home town. Often doubling up on the same night! First up is the spectacular KTQ Gala tomorrow evening, when 300 of the windy city's smartest and most stylish documentary fans will gather to celebrate our record year of premiering 6 films, and having 15 currently in production,* all of which will be showing exclusive sneak preview clips at the event. We will see you there! The Gala coincides with the start of a second Chicago run for Life Itself, which will play from September 5th-11th at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Get tickets! Director Steve James will attend the film's 8pm screening on Monday, September 8th. Continued

Support Ameena Matthews, star of The Interrupters, in her fight with multiple myeloma

Ameena Matthews, subject of our 2011 film The Interrupters, has revealed she has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and we're appealing for financial support to cover her medical costs. You can support Ameena directly with a donation at: The fundraising page explains that Ameena has been deemed ineligible for health coverage, and that she is no longer an employee of Ceasefire, the violence prevention organized featured in The Interrupters. Continued

Xan Aranda selected for NALIP residency

Kartemquin producer Xan Aranda, currently working with us on Mormon Movie (working title), has been selected for the inaugural National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Artist Retreat Center (ARC) for Women Filmmakers of Color Residencies Program for Sept. 13-21, 2014. Xan will join 11 other exceptional women filmmakers of color to workshop their projects at a private 100-acre farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont during prime New England Foliage Viewing Season. This residency begins with a strategic artistic envisioning workshop, then allows each artist uninterrupted time to work in an inspiring environment with a nightly workshop of each artists' film. Get more details. Continued

SundanceNow Doc Club Hosts Restored Hoop Dreams' Digital Premiere

The newly-restored Hoop Dreams, our classic 1994 film, is now available to watch online via SundanceNow Doc Club. The digital restoration, a collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films, first premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It is next scheduled to play at the BFI London Film Festival on October 17th, and has just been announced as a presentation of the 2014 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Continued

The Homestretch Opens Strong in Chicago

We're thrilled to kick-off the theatrical distribution of The Homestretch with a week-long run at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center today. Ahead of the screenings - many of which are already sold out - reviews and interviews with the filmmakers have been flowing in. Here are some of the best: "Its intimacy is a reflection of its compassion... The Homestretch invites you to empathize with its subjects, to worry with them, to laugh with them, to worry about them. It’s engaging and compelling viewing." - Glenn Kenny, Continued

On Beauty to World Premiere at Chicago International Film Festival

After five years in the making, Kartemquin's On Beauty is gearing up for an exciting world premiere in our hometown of Chicago as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. Please join us and invite your friends for the maiden screening on Saturday, October 18th at 1:15pm at the AMC River East 21 theater. Get tickets. Emmy-nominated director Joanna Rudnick (In the Family), photographer Rick Guidotti and other special guests will participate in a post-screening panel to discuss the film, Rick’s work, and the importance and challenges of changing the mainstream definition of beauty. Continued

Multiple distribution partners join The Homestretch

Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions are proud to announce multiple rights deals for The Homestretch, our new documentary about homeless youth in Chicago produced and directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The film, which premiered at Hot Docs 2014, will be released on digital platforms in North America by The Orchard on November 21st. Kartemquin are expanding their role and handling theatrical distribution in partnership with social impact strategists Picture Motion, and theatrical-on-demand web platform Tugg. An opening week premiere theatrical run, just ended yesterday at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center, sold out 9 of 13 screenings, grossing over $17,000. The film will open in New York on November 21st. Continued