Justine Nagan makes Crain's Chicago "40 under 40" list

Crain's Chicago has selected Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan for their prestigious annual "40 under 40" list of Chicago's "next generation of leaders." Justine, who has led Kartemquin for five years as ED, originally joined the organization as a volunteer/intern in 2003, after being inspired by seeing our films Stevie and Refrigerator Mothers. Under her guidance we have greatly strengthened our programs for filmmakers, fundraising and marketing, without compromising our production of quality documentaries (in fact, we've greatly increased that, too). Yet, Justine states that "the one characteristic every leader should possess is a sense of humility." Continued

Help support final funding for LIFE ITSELF

The Indiegogo campaign for Life Itself has been going strong for a little over one week now, and the filmmakers have raised almost $60,000 from over 500 backers. The response from fans all over the world has been overwhelming, and it’s been heartwarming for director Steve James and team to see the outpouring of respect and care for Roger and his work. Roger’s life extended far beyond movies, and the numerous tweets and emails from fans relaying stories about his influence go a long way in showing just how great an impact he had on nearly everyone he met -- whether they knew him personally, read his writing, saw him on TV, or interacted with him on social media. Continued

IDFA success for American Arab

Kartemquin has sold all rights in the international marketplace (minus the US) for our latest documentary, American Arab, to Cargo Film & Releasing. New York-based international documentary film sales agent Cargo Film & Releasing struck the deal with Kartemquin following the IDFA 2013 (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam) world premiere of Iraqi-born director Usama Alshaibi’s provocative, personal look at look at the contradictions of Arab identity in post 9/11 America. Negotiations were finalized at IDFA late on Monday November 23rd by Cargo’s David Piperni, and Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan and American Arab director Usama Alshaibi. Continued

Chicken and Egg grant caps great funding run for The Homestretch

Since appearing at the inaugural Good Pitch Chicago in October, our in-progress documentary The Homestretch received over $40,000 in finishing funds from The Chicago Community Trust, the Ebert Foundation, the Baskin Family Foundation, the Vicki and Bruce Heyman Foundation and the Mullen Family Foundation. These donations are providing crucial funds to keep going through the end of the year. The film, about homeless youth in Chicago, is focused on raising the remaining funds needed to keep editing to a finish in the New Year. An end of the year campaign to raise $20,000 to support their next steps with a composer and to make the film broadcast ready are underway. Continued

American Arab poster and trailer revealed

Usama Alshaibi's American Arab will have its World Premiere this Friday, November 22 at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the world's largest documentary film festival. Iraqi-American director Usama Alshaibi who has spent 4 years working on the film, a personal, provocative documentary that deals with US attitudes to Arabs after 9/11, American Arab weaves his own story which encompasses racist violence, death, humor, and rebirth with that of other Arab Americans. Continued