CNEX to host Asia premiere of The Homestretch

Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly's The Homestretch will screen at the 2015 CNEX Documentary Film Festival in Taipei, Taiwan this September for its Asian premiere. We are very honored to have the film included. The Homestretch - CNEX Documentary Festival screenings: Friday, September 18, 2015 5:40 PM SPOT Huashan A Two No. 1, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District Friday, September 25, 2015 1:25 PM SPOT Huashan A One Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:20 PM SPOT Huashan A One The Homestretch adds these screenings to its already busy fall calendar, which sees the film lined up to play in Washington, D.C., Berkeley, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, and more. View a full list here. Continued

On Beauty to open ReelAbilities Chicago

Our award-winning documentary short On Beauty will be the opening night film of the inaugural ReelAbilities Chicago Film Festival on Wednesday, September 9th. Get tickets. ReelAbilities Film Festival, the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to sharing the human experience of disability through art and film, has 14 regional festivals in major cities; On Beauty previously screened at the New York, Houston, Cincinnati events earlier this year. Continued

Save the date for 2015 DVID graduation

The 2015 Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID) Graduation will be Sunday, October 11th from 6-9pm at the University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Arts Center - 915 E. 60th St. Please save the date! DVID Graduation is a special evening where all our 2015 DVID participants are honored and celebrated. The evening will include 3-5 minute clips from each project, a special keynote speaker, and a dessert reception. It also marks the opening of applications for DVID 2016. Stay tuned for more information soon. Continued

Almost There wins Audience Award at EIDF

A dream week at the EBS Documentary Festival (EIDF) in South Korea for Almost There co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden has culminated in the film receiving the Audience Award. The filmmakers were there to accept the honor, which followed two successful Asian premiere screenings and a national television broadcast that generated a flood of positive responses online and in-person from viewers receptive to the story of the filmmakers' discovery, curation and caretaking of the life and work of elderly "outsider artist" Peter Anton. View more viewer reactions on the Almost There Facebook page. Continued

Saving Mes Aynak to screen in DC

Saving Mes Aynak will screen in its Washington, D.C. premiere on September 15 in a special event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The film's director Brent E. Huffman will attend and be in conversation with Tom Carver, vice president for communications and strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a former award-winning journalist for the BBC from 1984 to 2004. RSVP to attend this free screening. Continued

"Kartemquin at its Best" - In the Game opens in Chicago

On Saturday, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago will host 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). There are still tickets available for select showings across this premiere run, during which Maria Finitzo will attend several screenings alongside the film's participants. Grab your tickets here: Ahead of the opening, early reviews have been effusive in their praise, placing it among our strongest works. Continued

Japanese and German premieres for Saving Mes Aynak

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) has announced that Saving Mes Aynak will be the featured screening at the 2015 IAFOR Documentary Film Awards. The film's director, Brent E. Huffman, will receive their Honorary Award for 2015 and be the Keynote Speaker at IAFOR's The Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication (MediAsia2015) and The Asian Conference on Film & Documentary (FilmAsia2015). This year the events take place in November 12-15 at the Art Center of Kobe in Kobe, Japan. Saving Mes Aynak will screen on November 14 in its Japanese premiere. Continued

Fledgling Fund to support 10 Regional Government Roundtables for The Homestretch

The Fledgling Fund has committed $15,000 to help The Homestretch team facilitate ten regional screenings and roundtable discussions, bringing together government agencies around the issue of youth homelessness. These agencies include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education and others, all of which have an impact on the lives of youth experiencing homelessness. These regional events will take place in November 2015, and funds are still being raised to execute this innovative outreach. You can pledge your own support here. Continued