RSVP for "Testing Season," fourth event in The School Project series

The School Project, a collaboratively-made transmedia documentary series about public education, hosts its fourth event on Tuesday, March 31st at 5:00pm at the the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center. RSVP now to attend for free and see the world premiere of the episode Testing Season followed by a discussion moderated by Linda Lenz of Catalyst Chicago. Panelists will include community leaders, educators, and education experts. Continued

On Beauty and Almost There win at Geneva Film Festival

This weekend, the 2015 Geneva Film Festival gave Joanna Rudnick's On Beauty the Best Documentary Short award, and Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden were given an Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for Almost There. Dan and Aaron were able to pick up both awards on behalf of Kartemquin at this upcoming Illinois film festival, now in its 8th year. The Audience Award winner at Chicago Film Festival, On Beauty continues to forge ahead with a busy festival schedule, with screenings coming up at the Reelabilities NY Disabilities Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, and Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. Continued

Almost There is a breakout hit at True/False 2015

Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky's Almost There came out of Columbia, Missouri's True/False Film Festival as one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the weekend, drawing critical acclaim and passionate viewer responses. Across three screenings, universally glowing reviews of the film came in on social media and in subsequent festival recaps from journalists. Look below, and on the film's Facebook and Twitter, for a smattering of the highlights. Continued

Steve James to share documentary tips in Vancouver & Portland

Documentary filmmakers in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia can glean some tips of the trade from Steve James, as he offers upcoming masterclass sessions. On March 14, DOC BC, in collaboration with Creative BC and DOXA Documentary Film Festival, offers "A Day with Steve James" in Vancouver. Steve will host one-on-one feedback sessions with filmmakers with works-in-progress, teach a Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass, and then present a special screening Life Itself. Get more details and tickets. Continued