Happy Birthday, Hoop Dreams, and the fight for fair use

A federal judge's verdict today marked a great victory for filmmakers and fair use champions everywhere. The ruling that the lyrics to “Happy Birthday to You” are not protected by copyright has special resonance for Kartemquin, as the injustice of having to pay $5,000 to license the song in our 1994 film Hoop Dreams directly inspired our long and ongoing fight to secure the fair use rights of all filmmakers. In one of the most infamous cases of the unfair "clearance culture" that existed before filmmakers began reclaiming their fair use rights to use copyrighted material, we were forced to pay to license this scene from Hoop Dreams, in which the Agee family sings to Arthur on the occasion of his 18th birthday. Continued

Kartemquin to be Documentary Partner for CILECT Global Post-Production Symposium

Around the world in places including the United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia, media professionals are coming together with educators to discuss the future of screen post-production. It's all part of a Global Post-Production Symposium series hosted by CILECT, the international organization of film, television and new media schools. In October, Kartemquin Films will enter that global dialogue as the official documentary partner for the first North American symposium at Columbia College Chicago. The three-day symposium, running October 8th through October 10th, 2015, aims to bridge the professional and academic worlds by facilitating an exchange of ideas and knowledge between those working in post-production and those who instruct it. Through joining forces and sharing ideas, educators will be able to design innovative curricula that prepares students entering a changing and developing field. Continued

All The Queen's Horses begins Ethics Town Hall Tour

The NASBA Center for Public Trust (CPT) has launched the Ethics Town Halls tour, a series of public discussions around Kartemquin's in-progress documentary All the Queen’s Horses. The inaugural tour takes place in fall 2015 on select university campuses in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, and is supported by the Daniels Fund and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). The film's director Kelly Richmond Pope will present clips from the in-progress documentary and moderate a public discussion about white-collar crime and the importance of ethical decision-making in our society. The Ethics Town Hall tour will visit the following universities: University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT), September 2 Continued

CNEX to host Asia premiere of The Homestretch

Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly's The Homestretch will screen at the 2015 CNEX Documentary Film Festival in Taipei, Taiwan this September for its Asian premiere. We are very honored to have the film included. The Homestretch - CNEX Documentary Festival screenings: Friday, September 18, 2015 5:40 PM SPOT Huashan A Two No. 1, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District Friday, September 25, 2015 1:25 PM SPOT Huashan A One Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:20 PM SPOT Huashan A One The Homestretch adds these screenings to its already busy fall calendar, which sees the film lined up to play in Washington, D.C., Berkeley, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, and more. View a full list here. Continued

On Beauty to open ReelAbilities Chicago

Our award-winning documentary short On Beauty will be the opening night film of the inaugural ReelAbilities Chicago Film Festival on Wednesday, September 9th. Get tickets. ReelAbilities Film Festival, the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to sharing the human experience of disability through art and film, has 14 regional festivals in major cities; On Beauty previously screened at the New York, Houston, Cincinnati events earlier this year. Continued

Save the date for 2015 DVID graduation

The 2015 Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID) Graduation will be Sunday, October 11th from 6-9pm at the University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Arts Center - 915 E. 60th St. Please save the date! DVID Graduation is a special evening where all our 2015 DVID participants are honored and celebrated. The evening will include 3-5 minute clips from each project, a special keynote speaker, and a dessert reception. It also marks the opening of applications for DVID 2016. Stay tuned for more information soon. Continued

Almost There wins Audience Award at EIDF

A dream week at the EBS Documentary Festival (EIDF) in South Korea for Almost There co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden has culminated in the film receiving the Audience Award. The filmmakers were there to accept the honor, which followed two successful Asian premiere screenings and a national television broadcast that generated a flood of positive responses online and in-person from viewers receptive to the story of the filmmakers' discovery, curation and caretaking of the life and work of elderly "outsider artist" Peter Anton. View more viewer reactions on the Almost There Facebook page. Continued