News for April 2015

Watch "Testing Season," Episode Four of The School Project

The School Project, a collaboratively-made transmedia documentary series about public education, has released its fourth episode. Testing Season explores the hot topic of high stakes school testing from the boycotts of 2013 to the implementation of the PARCC test rolling out this spring, and the grassroots movement to end "teaching to the test" in Illinois and around the country.The segment will launch simultaneously on the interactive website Continued

Kartemquin at the 2015 Lake FX Summit + Expo

Kartemquin Films is happy to announce its presence at the Lake FX Summit + Expo, running April 16 -19, 2015. Lake FX, organized by DCASE (the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) and presented by Google, is the region’s largest free conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs. Thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations are expected to come for keynotes by industry leaders, professional development panels and workshops, networking opportunities, music and film showcases, the Expo resource fair and a marketplace featuring local artisans. Throughout Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, from 10am-4pm, Kartemquin will have a booth and be presenting at the Chicago Cultural Center for the Lake FX Expo where visitors can come to find out more about our programs and work opportunities. Continued

On Beauty wins again!

On Beauty has won the audience award for best short at the 2015 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. The award is the third straight festival award for the film, coming soon after the jury prizes for best documentary short at its last two festival showings: the Cleveland International Film Festival and the festival in Geneva, IL. On Beauty also won the audience award for best documentary at its world premiere week at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 2014. Continued

All The Queen's Horses Already Making Headlines

Upcoming Kartemquin production All The Queen's Horses recently appeared on the pages of The Chicago Tribune. In the April 8th edition of the Chicago Confidential column, Melissa Harris covers the history of the infamous financial fraud and filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope's production process. The documentary portrays the events surrounding the arrest of a Dixon, IL comptroller named Rita Crundwell for the embezzlement of $53 million of city funds. Harris drolly calls the film "the business school version of those anti-DUI educational videos shown in high schools" while highlighting the social utility of Pope's documentary. Additionally, she provides insight into Pope's unique viewpoint as a forensic accountant and associate professor at DePaul University. Continued

Watch The Homestretch on PBS tonight!

PBS Independent Lens hosts the broadcast television premiere of The Homestretch on Monday, April 13 at 10pm ET / 9pm CT (Check local listings). This marks the high point of six years of work by co-directors Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly to bring attention to the story of the estimated 1.6 million homeless youth in America. Their diligent dedication - with the help of so many partners, funders, and community organizations who also believe in the goal of ending youth homeless - has meant the film has already made a significant impact on thousands of people. But now we will reach the film's largest audience yet. Continued