3 Emmy Nominations for The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali has been nominated for three Emmys, including Best Documentary! The film, which aired on PBS Independent Lens in April 2014, was recognized by the 36th National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences News and Documentary Awards in the following categories: - Best Documentary - Outstanding Historical Programming-Long-Form - Best Editing (Aaron Wickenden) Congratulations to director Bill Siegel, producer Rachel Pikelny, editor Aaron Wickenden, executive producers Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan, Leon Gast, and Kat White, composer Joshua Abrams, and to all who worked on and were featured in the film! Special thanks are due to the film's major funders The Ford Foundation and ITVS. Continued

On Beauty garnering worldwide attention ahead of theatrical opening

One week ahead of the film opening in theaters in Los Angeles, On Beauty is getting positive exposure around the world. Joanna Rudnick's award-winning documentary follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who has now devoted his life to shooting stunning images of children with visible genetic differences such as albinism and facial birthmarks. The film opens with daily showings from July 24 at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles, and from July 31 at the Cinema Village in New York. Rick Guidotti, Joanna Rudnick, and also Jayne and Sarah, the girls that also star in the film, will attend special screenings. Get more details at www.iambeauty.me. Continued

Saving Mes Aynak to air on Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America Presents hosts the US broadcast premiere of Saving Mes Aynak this Sunday, July 12th at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Saving Mes Aynak exposes a Chinese company's plan to turn a 5,000 year-old archeological site in Afghanistan into a copper mine, destroying priceless Buddhist relics. A team of Afghan archeologists led by Qadir Temori races against time to uncover finds that have the potential to rewrite the history of the region. Brent E. Huffman's award-winning documentary has become a focal point of an international movement to preserve the Mes Aynak site. Continued

Thank you for supporting our Summer Soiree

Oh what a night! While the rain didn’t stop until the end the evening, it didn’t stop 200 people mingling, dancing and enjoying viewing exclusive clips of Kartemquin’s films on a very historic day in America. On behalf of everyone at Kartemquin: a big thank you for your generous support! Our 2015 Summer Soiree was a huge success. We're delighted to announce that we surpassed all of our goals, including a $25,000 matching challenge grant on the night! Adding up ticket sales, pre-event donations, on-site challenge grant pledges and donations, and the raffle, we raised over $90,000! View photos at our Facebook Page. Pictured above: Co-host and Kartemquin Board Member Jason Stephens with Kartemquin Executive Director Justine Nagan. All of our attendees also got to see exclusive clips of current in-progress films - including new projects we have not yet announced publicly! Continued

Join us on #SaveMesAynak Day

#SaveMesAynak Day on July 1 will spark worldwide protest, conversation, and action around Saving Mes Aynak, an award-winning documentary that exposes a Chinese company's plan to turn a 5,000 year-old archeological site in Afghanistan into a copper mine, destroying priceless Buddhist relics. Thousands of people will watch the film together worldwide. HOW TO WATCH: Watch the film here on July 1 - #SaveMesAynak Day In Afghanistan? Watch for Free! Watch the broadcast on Witness - Al Jazeera at 20 GMT on Al Jazeera English. See the beauty of Mes Aynak, and take a stand to stop its destruction. www.savingmesaynak.com. LIVE GOOGLE HANGOUT EVENT Continued

Saving Mes Aynak free to watch in Afghanistan

Chicago not-for-profit documentary collective Kartemquin Films will release Saving Mes Aynak free to the people of Afghanistan. The award-winning documentary exposes a Chinese company's plan to turn a 5,000 archeological site in Afghanistan into a copper mine, destroying priceless Buddhist relics. The filmmakers are offering the free stream, hosted by the digital platform VHX, to anyone within Afghanistan who visits www.savingmesaynak.com before midnight on July 1, which they have declared Global #SaveMesAynak Day. Continued

Major funders to attend final Diverse Voices in Docs Session

After 6 months of developing their new projects, the 2015 fellows of our Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program will have final session this Saturday, pitching in front of a roundtable of leading documentary industry funders. Now in its third year, DVID is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentarians of color organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, and aims to provide skill enrichment, networking opportunities and discussions on such topics as ethics, fundraising and distribution. At the final pitching panel, the 12 documentary makers in this year's program will meet: N'Jeri Eaton, Programming Manager - ITVS (Independent Television Service) Lauren Pabst, Program Officer ​- MacArthur Foundation Continued