Illinois Governor cuts funding to Ceasefire, featured in The Interrupters

CeaseFire Illinois, the Chicago-based violence prevention organization featured in our 2011 film The Interrupters, will immediately stop "all program activities" due to losing almost 60 percent of its funding from the state of Illinois in the proposed 2016 budget from Governor Bruce Rauner. The Interrupters focused on three CeaseFire Illinois "violence interrupters" named Ameena Matthews, Eddie Bocanegra, and Cobe Williams, as they worked to intercept the spread of conflicts in their communities as part of the CeaseFire program founded by Dr. Gary Slutkin. Continued

Kartemquin celebrated by POV and Meridian Hill

We've been honored to receive some remarkable tributes recently. On the blog of PBS' independent documentary series P.O.V., Heather McIntosh sung our praises as she announced she is a on a year-long mission to watch and write about every Kartemquin film. We've now made over 50, so she will need to watch over one a week to be done in time for our 50th anniversary in 2016! McIntosh writes: "whether the film subjects center on Chicago or not, Kartemquin Films focus on social justice and democracy. These are not buzzwords. They permeate not only the films, but also the fair use, filmmaker training and mentoring, and other advocacy activities." Continued

RSVP for "Restoring Justice," third event in The School Project series

The School Project, a collaboratively-made transmedia documentary series about public education, hosts its third public event on Thursday, March 5th at 5:30pm at the North Lawndale College Prep Collins Campus Auditorium in Chicago. RSVP now to attend for free and see the world premiere of episode Restoring Justice, followed by a discussion moderated by Xavier Ramey of the University of Chicago Social Innovation & Philanthropy. Panelists include Miriame Kaba of Project NIA, Karen Van Ausdal of Chicago Public Schools Social and Emotional Learning, Quabeeny Daniels of Mikva Challenge, and Pam Purdie, independent restorative justice practitioner and trainer. Continued

Almost There adds more festivals

Almost There has a flurry of festival appearances ahead. The film was recently announced as an official selection at True/False, Cleveland International Film Festival, Sebastopol Film Festival, Geneva Film Festival, and Wisconsin Film Festival. Fresh from a great experience at Big Sky (read all about it), and sold out shows in Chicago and Grand Rapids, Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky's film - which world premiered at DOC NYC in November 2014 - has great momentum heading in to spring and beyond. The film's confirmed list of appearances is now below, and with more due to be added soon. February 28 / 1PM at Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale, IL. Continued

The Homestretch aims to #EndYouthHomelessness

Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare's The Homestretch continues to gather strong momentum in its social impact campaign's bid to end youth homelessness. With multiple screenings set across the country (and more coming into us each day), political activity, and media interest ahead of the April 13th world television premiere of the film on PBS Independent Lens, there is cause for optimism that the film is helping to bring much need attention and action to this issue. Continued

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