Kartemquin at the 2015 Lake FX Summit + Expo

Kartemquin Films is happy to announce its presence at the Lake FX Summit + Expo, running April 16 -19, 2015. Lake FX, organized by DCASE (the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) and presented by Google, is the region’s largest free conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs. Thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations are expected to come for keynotes by industry leaders, professional development panels and workshops, networking opportunities, music and film showcases, the Expo resource fair and a marketplace featuring local artisans. Throughout Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, from 10am-4pm, Kartemquin will have a booth and be presenting at the Chicago Cultural Center for the Lake FX Expo where visitors can come to find out more about our programs and work opportunities. Continued

Watch "Testing Season," Episode Four of The School Project

The School Project, a collaboratively-made transmedia documentary series about public education, has released its fourth episode. Testing Season explores the hot topic of high stakes school testing from the boycotts of 2013 to the implementation of the PARCC test rolling out this spring, and the grassroots movement to end "teaching to the test" in Illinois and around the country.The segment will launch simultaneously on the interactive website http://www.schoolprojectfilm.com. Continued

Celebrate the Hoop Dreams Blu-Ray with a Full Frame Exclusive

Our classic documentary Hoop Dreams is available today on Blu-Ray for the first time, courtesy of The Criterion Collection. Besides a wealth of extras, including essays by author John Edgar Wideman and filmmaker and critic Robert Greene (who states: "There isn’t a better argument for the social value of long-form nonfiction filmmaking than Hoop Dreams"), two separate audio commentaries with the filmmakers and subjects, and additional footage taken during the five year recording process, the blu-ray boasts an incredible high-definition digital restoration and a 4.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Continued

On Beauty Wins Cleveland Jury Award for Best Documentary Short

The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival has awarded On Beauty with the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short. This is the second film festival award in as many weeks for director Joanna Rudnick's film, following the Geneva Film Festival also honoring it with the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short. The film also won the Chicago International Film Festival's Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short at its world premiere in October 2014. Continued

Almost There screens twice in Chicago in April

Our home town crowd will get two chances to see our highly-acclaimed new film Almost There this April. The Midwest Independent Film Festival hosts the film on Tuesday, April 7th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, with directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden attending. Get your tickets in advance as these screening always sell out! At 8:15pm on Saturday, April 18th at the Logan Theatre, the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest) also hosts a free screening of the film, again with Rybicky and Wickenden attending. Get more details. Continued

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