SundanceNow Doc Club Hosts Restored Hoop Dreams' Digital Premiere

The newly-restored Hoop Dreams, our classic 1994 film, is now available to watch online via SundanceNow Doc Club. The digital restoration, a collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and Kartemquin Films, first premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It is next scheduled to play at the BFI London Film Festival on October 17th, and has just been announced as a presentation of the 2014 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Continued

Xan Aranda selected for NALIP residency

Kartemquin producer Xan Aranda, currently working with us on Mormon Movie (working title), has been selected for the inaugural National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Artist Retreat Center (ARC) for Women Filmmakers of Color Residencies Program for Sept. 13-21, 2014. Xan will join 11 other exceptional women filmmakers of color to workshop their projects at a private 100-acre farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont during prime New England Foliage Viewing Season. This residency begins with a strategic artistic envisioning workshop, then allows each artist uninterrupted time to work in an inspiring environment with a nightly workshop of each artists' film. Get more details. Continued

Support Ameena Matthews, star of The Interrupters, in her fight with multiple myeloma

Ameena Matthews, subject of our 2011 film The Interrupters, has revealed she has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and we're appealing for financial support to cover her medical costs. You can support Ameena directly with a donation at: The fundraising page explains that Ameena has been deemed ineligible for health coverage, and that she is no longer an employee of Ceasefire, the violence prevention organized featured in The Interrupters. Continued

Chicago and Kartemquin, Kartemquin and Chicago

We love our fair city by the lake, and this September are feeling the love back in return as we host a number of special events and screenings in our home town. Often doubling up on the same night! First up is the spectacular KTQ Gala tomorrow evening, when 300 of the windy city's smartest and most stylish documentary fans will gather to celebrate our record year of premiering 6 films, and having 15 currently in production,* all of which will be showing exclusive sneak preview clips at the event. We will see you there! The Gala coincides with the start of a second Chicago run for Life Itself, which will play from September 5th-11th at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Get tickets! Director Steve James will attend the film's 8pm screening on Monday, September 8th. Continued

Art Shay photos now on '63 Boycott site

Images of the 1963 Chicago Public School boycott taken by legendary photographer Art Shay have no been added to the website for our in-progress transmedia documentary project '63 Boycott. A former freelance photographer for Life, Time, Sports Illustrated and more, Shay snapped countless celebrities and important moments of the 20th century. His photos of the boycott show protest leaders and regular Chicagoans flooding the streets. Head to the gallery to click and tag people you recognize in the photos, so that we can track them down and include them in the documentary. You can also view them on Facebook. Continued

The Homestretch screens for 1200 CPS staff

This August 1200 staff from Chicago Public Schools viewed a special fifteen minute selection from The Homestretch ahead of the start of the new school year - and the first Chicago run of the film. The staff were present for Homeless Liaison Training, receiving information and resources designed to help them in their work assisting the estimate 19,000+ homeless youth registered in CPS schools. Read more about the powerful impact the film had on the staff that day at the film's blog. Continued

We have a winner! The "Karte Diem"

Congratulations to Molly Woulfe for winning our signature cocktail drink naming contest! Join us next Friday to raise a glass of "the Karte Diem – for films that seize the issues of the day!" Molly has won two tickets to our gala, and you can still get your tickets here! See all the other submissions to our drink naming contest. Tickets start at $250. VIP tickets and sponsorships are available! Click here to purchase tickets! September, 5 2014 Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL Continued