Chicago and Kartemquin, Kartemquin and Chicago

We love our fair city by the lake, and this September are feeling the love back in return as we host a number of special events and screenings in our home town. Often doubling up on the same night! First up is the spectacular KTQ Gala tomorrow evening, when 300 of the windy city's smartest and most stylish documentary fans will gather to celebrate our record year of premiering 6 films, and having 15 currently in production,* all of which will be showing exclusive sneak preview clips at the event. We will see you there! The Gala coincides with the start of a second Chicago run for Life Itself, which will play from September 5th-11th at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Get tickets! Director Steve James will attend the film's 8pm screening on Monday, September 8th. Continued

Art Shay photos now on '63 Boycott site

Images of the 1963 Chicago Public School boycott taken by legendary photographer Art Shay have no been added to the website for our in-progress transmedia documentary project '63 Boycott. A former freelance photographer for Life, Time, Sports Illustrated and more, Shay snapped countless celebrities and important moments of the 20th century. His photos of the boycott show protest leaders and regular Chicagoans flooding the streets. Head to the gallery to click and tag people you recognize in the photos, so that we can track them down and include them in the documentary. You can also view them on Facebook. Continued

The Homestretch screens for 1200 CPS staff

This August 1200 staff from Chicago Public Schools viewed a special fifteen minute selection from The Homestretch ahead of the start of the new school year - and the first Chicago run of the film. The staff were present for Homeless Liaison Training, receiving information and resources designed to help them in their work assisting the estimate 19,000+ homeless youth registered in CPS schools. Read more about the powerful impact the film had on the staff that day at the film's blog. Continued

We have a winner! The "Karte Diem"

Congratulations to Molly Woulfe for winning our signature cocktail drink naming contest! Join us next Friday to raise a glass of "the Karte Diem – for films that seize the issues of the day!" Molly has won two tickets to our gala, and you can still get your tickets here! See all the other submissions to our drink naming contest. Tickets start at $250. VIP tickets and sponsorships are available! Click here to purchase tickets! September, 5 2014 Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL Continued

Last Call For Entries: Name a Cocktail, Win #KTQGala Tickets!

Bulleit Bourbon + simple syrup + lemon juice + mint = [insert clever, Kartemquin-themed name here] Think you've got what it takes to fill in the blank? Tell us what to name our signature cocktail for this year's Kartemquin Films Gala, and you and a guest could be sipping your boozy oeuvre alongside Chicago's documentary filmmaking community on Friday, September 5th at Moonlight Studios in Chicago. Contribute your ideas on our Facebook page or on Twitter (@Kartemquin / #KTQGala), or email We'll announce our pick, and the winner of two free tickets to the gala, tomorrow, Friday the 29th, so act fast! Continued

Special Life Itself Screening to Preview Telluride Festival

A special screening of Life Itself will preview the 41st Telluride Film Festival. Director Steve James and Chaz Ebert will attend the free-to-the-public showing at the Abel Gance Open Air Theater, which begins at approximately 8:30pm tonight (Thursday August 28th). The prestigious festival officially runs from Friday August 29th - Monday September 1st. All festival passes are sold out. Contact the festival for more details. In a preview of the event, Marta Tarbell of Telluride's The Watch newspaper spoke to Steve James about his experiences making the film. Continued

KTQ Leadership to Talk Documentary at "Getting Real" Conference

Kartemquin will be well-represented this fall at Getting Real, a new conference geared toward sparking discussion about the state of the documentary industry. Our Executive Director Justine Nagan and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will serve as panelists during the three-day event, a co-production of the International Documentary Association and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, intended to facilitate "a frank public conversation about the state of our industry that will lead to action and change." Continued

A Good Man now on Amazon Instant Video

Kartemquin and Media Process Group's acclaimed documentary A Good Man is now available on Amazon Instant Video. The film covers the acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones - recently a recipient of the National Medal of Arts - as he strives to create his most ambitious work, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln. The film is co-directed by Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn, and aired on PBS American Masters in 2011. Continued