News for July 2015

Thank you for supporting our Summer Soiree

Oh what a night! While the rain didn’t stop until the end the evening, it didn’t stop 200 people mingling, dancing and enjoying viewing exclusive clips of Kartemquin’s films on a very historic day in America. On behalf of everyone at Kartemquin: a big thank you for your generous support! Our 2015 Summer Soiree was a huge success. We're delighted to announce that we surpassed all of our goals, including a $25,000 matching challenge grant on the night! Adding up ticket sales, pre-event donations, on-site challenge grant pledges and donations, and the raffle, we raised over $90,000! View photos at our Facebook Page. Pictured above: Co-host and Kartemquin Board Member Jason Stephens with Kartemquin Executive Director Justine Nagan. All of our attendees also got to see exclusive clips of current in-progress films - including new projects we have not yet announced publicly! Continued

Saving Mes Aynak to air on Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America Presents hosts the US broadcast premiere of Saving Mes Aynak this Sunday, July 12th at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Saving Mes Aynak exposes a Chinese company's plan to turn a 5,000 year-old archeological site in Afghanistan into a copper mine, destroying priceless Buddhist relics. A team of Afghan archeologists led by Qadir Temori races against time to uncover finds that have the potential to rewrite the history of the region. Brent E. Huffman's award-winning documentary has become a focal point of an international movement to preserve the Mes Aynak site. Continued

On Beauty garnering worldwide attention ahead of theatrical opening

One week ahead of the film opening in theaters in Los Angeles, On Beauty is getting positive exposure around the world. Joanna Rudnick's award-winning documentary follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who has now devoted his life to shooting stunning images of children with visible genetic differences such as albinism and facial birthmarks. The film opens with daily showings from July 24 at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles, and from July 31 at the Cinema Village in New York. Rick Guidotti, Joanna Rudnick, and also Jayne and Sarah, the girls that also star in the film, will attend special screenings. Get more details at Continued

3 Emmy Nominations for The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali has been nominated for three Emmys, including Best Documentary! The film, which aired on PBS Independent Lens in April 2014, was recognized by the 36th National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences News and Documentary Awards in the following categories: - Best Documentary - Outstanding Historical Programming-Long-Form - Best Editing (Aaron Wickenden) Congratulations to director Bill Siegel, producer Rachel Pikelny, editor Aaron Wickenden, executive producers Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan, Leon Gast, and Kat White, composer Joshua Abrams, and to all who worked on and were featured in the film! Special thanks are due to the film's major funders The Ford Foundation and ITVS. Continued

Raising Bertie will head to IFP Film Week

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) yesterday announced selections for their Project Forum at IFP Independent Film Week, running September 20-25, 2015 at Lincoln Center in New York City; as a previously announced selection of the Independent Filmmaker Labs, IFP’s annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors, Kartemquin's in-progress film Raising Bertie will attend. See the full list of films selected for the 2015 IFP Project Forum Slate. Continued

In The Game to US premiere at Chicago's Siskel Center

Kartemquin is thrilled to announce the U.S. premiere of In the Game, a new documentary film by Peabody award-winning filmmaker, Maria Finitzo (5 Girls and Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita). Through the stories of a Hispanic girls soccer team at Kelly High School in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood, In the Game illustrates the enormous challenges facing inner-city girls in their quest for higher education and, most importantly, success in life. Continued

Life Itself shortlisted for Grierson Award

The Grierson Awards 2015 have shortlisted Life Itself in the category of the Bertha DocHouse "Best Cinema Documentary." View the full shortlist. The Grierson Trust is a registered charity that exists to promote documentary film making and to celebrate the work of John Grierson. Its annual awards are among the prestigious honors in the United Kingdom's documentary film industry. Our thanks and congratulations to Dogwoof, the UK distributor of Life Itself. Find out more about Steve James' film on the life of Roger Ebert at Continued

On Beauty now in theaters, and in the news

On Beauty is now playing at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles, and opens this Friday at the Cinema Village in New York. Joanna Rudnick's award-winning film follows former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who has now devoted his life to shooting stunning images of children with visible genetic differences such as albinism and facial birthmarks. The documentary's theatrical release has been accompanied by a surge of interest, proving that the time has come for Guidotti's movement encouraging society to see the beauty in difference. Continued