Submit to Good Pitch Chicago 2015

Submissions are now open for Good Pitch Chicago 2015! Documentary filmmakers should apply by September 5, 2014 to be eligible for selection for the event, which will take place in Chicago in April 2015. Apply and get more information here! Good Pitch brings in-progress documentary projects in front of potential funders and outreach partners "to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society." Since 2008 the events have raised over $8,000,000 for almost 200 different documentaries. The 2013 Good Pitch Chicago was a resounding success, showcasing the films Private Violence; Dreamcatchers; This Changes Everything; Strong Island; Becoming Bulletproof; Radical Grace; and our own The Homestretch. Continued

1 week left to get early bird tickets to the Kartemquin gala!

Only one week left to get your early bird ticket for $150 to the Kartemquin 2014 Gala! Join us for drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, clips from new KTQ films, and a raffle featuring a Miami getaway for two! Kartemquin's annual gala supports the work we do while offering a celebration of documentary and Chicago's independent media community. After Friday, August 8, general tickets will cost $250. More details below: Click here to purchase tickets! September, 5 2014 Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL VIP Reception 6-7PM An intimate gathering with KTQ filmmakers. Continued

Almost There edges closer to Kickstarter success

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has selected Almost There as the "Film & Video Project of the Day" on their homepage today! The wonderful news comes in hand with also picking their Kickstarter appeal as "video of the day." The film, co-directed/produced by Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden, follows their 'discovery' of elderly outsider artist Peter Anton, and the complications and ethical conundrums that ensue as they become more involved in his life and art. With just 7 days left to get to their goal of $20,000, the filmmakers have raised over $16,000 from 240+ backers as of this morning. Help them get to the goal! Continued

Hoop Dreams voted in top 20 of Sight & Sound "Greatest Documentaries of All Time"

Hoop Dreams has placed at #17 on Sight & Sound magazine's first ever poll of the Greatest Documentaries of All Time. The prestigious cinema magazine hosts a noted poll of the best films every 10 years, but this is their first nonfiction-only poll. They solicited top 10s from 340 critics, programmers and filmmakers, including our artistic director and founder Gordon Quinn. On the filmmakers' poll, Hoop Dreams came in at #14. Here is the overall top 10: 1. Man With A Movie Camera, (Dziga Vertov, 1929) 2. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985) 3. Sans Soleil, (Chris Marker, 1982) 4. Night And Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955) 5. The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1989) Continued

Almost There enjoys special friends & family preview

This past weekend we celebrated the final stages of completing our new film Almost There with a special sneak preview for friends, people in the film, and Kickstarter backers at Pierogifest, where - eight years ago to the day - filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden first met their star, Peter Anton. The film was wonderfully received by all who came to the historic Hoosier theater in Whiting, Indiana, with many of the subjects seeing the work for the very first time. Please read a recap of the day's highlights below, and view more photos here. Video will be coming soon! Continued

Dinesh Sabu awarded Firelight Media Freshman Fund

Firelight Media has selected Dinesh Sabu, director of our upcoming documentary Unbroken Glass, as one of two recipients of their Firelight Media Freshman Fund (F3) award, which supports non-fiction filmmakers of color ages 30 and under. The winners of the F3 award receive a $5,000 grant to support the production of their project and membership in the Firelight Media Producers' Lab. Support for the Firelight Freshman Fund is generously provided by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust. The other winner was Bao Nguyen. Continued

Sundance funds Cooked's "Declare Home" mobile app

The Sundance Documentary Film Program has announced that Cooked is one of 44 projects to receive funding in their Spring 2014 grant announcements. In Cooked, filmmaker Judith Helfand sets out on a quest to see if America’s disaster preparedness industry could be used to tackle what might be the deadliest man-made disaster of all – extreme poverty. The film is in post-production, but the funding from Sundance DFP will go towards Declare Home, a mobile phone-based social media app aimed at helping grassroots organizers communicate and collaborate easily to build every-day resilience in their communities. Continued

Moving The Ball: Where We're At On Fair Use

Censorship vs. free expression is an ages-old story, one that still plays on a daily basis the world over. We as Americans do not need to look as far as countries like Turkey (who recently banned Twitter and YouTube) to see that private interests consistently test the freedom and resolve of the people. Today, with the incredible amount of content that is available and shareable, and private interests that are committed to restricting that flow of information, a new ethical framework had to be built: a framework that pinned down what constitutes fairly utilized content. Kartemquin’s own Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Gordon Quinn, is at the vanguard of the recent revolution in fair use thinking and is a constant, outspoken sage of that revolution’s ideals and practices. Continued

Pierogifest preview for Almost There Kickstarter Backers

Our new documentary, Almost There, will host a special sneak preview screening in Whiting, Indiana on July 26 as part of a recently launched Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Directed and Produced by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, the feature documentary is a ' coming-of-(old)age story' about Peter Anton, an 82-year-old “outsider” artist living in at-risk conditions who befriends two filmmakers and causes controversy when an incident from his past is revealed on the eve of his first major public exhibition. Continued