Milking the Rhino's adventures on the west coast

Milking the Rhino Producer/Director David E. Simpson and Associate Producer Xan Aranda have just returned from San Francisco, where they finalized licensing contract negotiations with the Independent Television Service. This contract includes significant levels of funding which will aid the Rhino crew in finishing its goals for this feature-length film. Milking the Rhino's exploration of the triumphs and pitfalls of community-based conservation continues, with plans for a third and final trip to Africa this summer. The director and crew venture back to Namibia and Kenya to follow up with Maasai and Himba communities, torrential rain in East Africa now in place of devastating drought, and the continually unpredictable landscape of conservation, rural development, and poverty reduction. Continued

Kartemquin on Post Production

On Wednesday, February 28th, Leslie Simmer and Adam Singer spoke at the Chicago Final Cut Pro User's Group on their experiences working on The War Tapes. Although the film was, in fact, cut on an Avid, there was plenty of interest by members of the FCPUG on how to approach editing over 1,000 hours of most non-professionally shot video into a compelling and truthful depiction of these soldiers and their families' experiences as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Continued

Hoop Dreams lives on in Scholarship Fund

On February 27th, Gordon Quinn and Peter Gilbert represented Kartemquin at the 10th Anniversary Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington DC. The fund has been providing opportunities for inner-city DC public school children since 1996. Peter Gilbert reflected on the event: "For Gordon and I, it was an exciting evening. Hoop Dreams was a work of passion for all of us at Kartemquin. Seeing the film used as the inspiration for such a wonderful and important organization 10 years after the release of the film was heartwarming. We all make social issue films with the hope that they will make some small impact in the community. Being at The Hoop Dreams Scholarship Foundation anniversary gave us great joy in knowing that we played just a small part in a wonderful organization that carries the film’s name." Continued