WTTW honors Black History Month and 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin with broadcast of The Trials of Muhammad Ali

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast The Trials of Muhammad Ali at 10pm on Thursday, February 25th as part of a year-long series honoring the 50th anniversary of not-for-profit Chicago documentary collective Kartemquin Films. Winner of Outstanding Historical - Long Form award at the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in September 2015, The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers Ali’s toughest bout: detailing how the boxing legend fought a potential five year prison sentence for refusing military service in Vietnam, risking his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Viva La Causa for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, February 26th, the free KTQ50 film is Viva La Causa (1974). In the summer of 1967, youth and arts organizations in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago began working together with artists Ray Patlan and Mario Castillo to express the history, culture, and struggles of the people in their community. The murals featured in Viva La Causa were the first two Mexican-American murals in Chicago and part of the new public art movement in the late 1960s. Continued

Did '63 Boycott find Bernie Sanders in archival footage?

The '63 Boycott project uses the web and original archival footage of Chicagoans protesting racial segregation in 1963 to encourage discussion of the past and present of the city's struggles around racial equality and the education system. The in-progress transmedia documentary project has collected numerous testimonials through a process of releasing footage and images and asking the public to share their recollections of participation in the boycotts. But their latest find is by far the most high profile yet. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch Trick Bag for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, February 19th, the free KTQ50 film is Trick Bag. The film takes us into the Collective era: a period from 1970-78 when Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal added multiple members to the organization with the goal of collaboratively producing activist films. Members included Suzanne Davenport, Jenny Rohrer, Judy Hoffman, Teena Webb, Betsy Martens, Sharon Karp, Peter Kuttner, Richard Schmeichen, and Alphonse Blumenthal. Continued

CIMMfest to honor Gordon Quinn with 2016 BAADASSSSS Award

Kartemquin founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will receive CIMMfest’s fourth annual BAADASSSSS Award, which honors distinguished careers and lifetime achievement in movies and music. We are delighted for Gordon to receive this honor in our 50th year. Previous BAADASSSSS Award winners are SXSW founder Louis Black, director and music video pioneer Julien Temple, and filmmaker and original BAADASSSSS Melvin Van Peebles, for whom the award was named. CIMMfest will honor Gordon Quinn by showcasing documentary works that depict musical performances and artistic creation. Stay tuned for more details. Continued

American Arab Airs on America ReFramed: February 9th 8pm

Usama Alshaibi’s film American Arab has its national television premiere on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 8/7c on WORLD Channel, as part of the fourth season of America ReFramed, public media’s newest documentary series. American Arab will kick off a three-episode focus on America ReFramed focusing on the #AmericanMuslim experience. Click here to check your local listings. The film will also be available to stream for FREE starting February 10, 2016- March 10, 2016. Streaming is available here. Continued

Announcing the 2016 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Fellows

The fourth cohort of Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellows met for their first session at Community Film Workshop Chicago (CFWC) on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016. Now in its fourth year, DVID welcomed 13 mid-career filmmakers of color to develop their projects over the next six months. Projects in the 2016 cohort scale from web-based projects to feature length films to docu-series, with subjects ranging from black advertising, bomba music in Puerto Rico, spirituality within the Native American LGBT community, black female activists in Chicago, community arts centers in Bronzeville and Pilsen, and more. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch What the Fuck Are These Red Squares? and Anonymous Artists of America for free all week

In 2016, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com. From today until next Friday, February 5th, the free KTQ50 films are What The Fuck Are These Red Squares? and Anonymous Artists of America. Continued

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