The Trials of Muhammad Ali nominated for FOCAL International Award

The Trials of Muhammad Ali has been nominated for the Best Use of Sports Footage at the FOCAL International Awards. The FOCAL (Federation of Commercial Audio Visual Libraries) International awards are "the leading and most complete set of awards for the archive footage business in the world today." The 11th annual awards ceremony takes place in London on April 20th 2014. Realscreen covered the announcement. Continued

4 years later, Prisoner of Her Past still going strong

Since its release in 2010, Prisoner of Her Past continues to engage communities across the country. To date, the film has been broadcast more than 510 times in 140 markets across the U.S. As Howard Reich writes in a new update, "It all began as a Chicago Tribune article in 2003, evolved into a book in 2006 and became a documentary film in 2010 – and the story shows no signs of slowing down. The audience only seems to grow." Continued

Help us change how people view youth homelessness

After four years of intense work, The Homestretch is finally nearing completion. As they get ready to release the film, co-directors/producers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly are simultaneously launching the first steps of a major audience engagement strategy for their film about homeless teens in Chicago: please help them do it! The Homestretch tells the story of three homeless teenagers who brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of? Continued

We Support Public Access TV in Chicago

Over thirty years ago Kartemquin Founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn participated in the community struggle to establish a public access television in Chicago. The result was the creation of Chicago Access Corporation and CAN TV and Gordon served on the 1st board. Today, as cable franchise renewals nationwide move towards defunding or eliminating public access television, he continues to advocate for access as part of the Committee for Media Access (CMA). Currently the City of Chicago is in negotiations with Comcast, the city’s and nation’s largest cable provider, for a ten-year franchise renewal. With CMA, Gordon will be attending meetings with the cable commissioner and encouraging Kartemquin interns and staff to show up at city council meetings to show support for CAN TV. Continued

Watch The Trials of Muhammad Ali to mark 50 years of The Greatest

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Clay v Liston, one of the most famous sporting events in history, after which Cassius Clay claimed the heavyweight title, and then further "shook up the world" by announcing that he was a member of the Nation of Islam and would change his name to Muhammad Ali. These events - and the public outcry and legal battle Ali had to contend with for many years to follow - form the core of our award-winning film The Trials of Muhammad Ali. To mark the occasion, we invite you to watch the opening of the film: Continued

Indie Caucus: Our Open Letter to WETA

The following is an open letter to WETA from the Indie Caucus: February 17, 2014 Dear WETA: We are writing in support of Dawn Porter’s letter to Jeff Bieber and to WETA regarding the programming of her film Spies of Mississippi and the rest of the films that several series offer for Black History month. It is frankly disturbing to note the spate of excellent and important films that are being displaced out of your prime time schedule and replaced with re-runs and Antiques Roadshow. Continued

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