Let's Get Back in the Game

In the Game has hit the ground running since its Chicago premiere, screening at festivals and events around the country. The film, directed by Maria Finitzo, follows the ups and downs of a girls’ soccer team to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education. The girls face an uneven playing field - or in the case of the girls at Kelly High School, no soccer field at all - little or no support, problems at home, uncertain futures, discrimination, and poverty, but remain undaunted thanks to their teammates and the dedicated mentoring of their coach. Continued

Houston Cinema Arts Festival to Host Tribute to Kartemquin Films

This year’s Houston Cinema Arts Festival, which takes place from November 12-19, will be hosting a tribute to Kartemquin Films. As part of this incredible honor, three of our documentaries - Golub, On Beauty, and Almost There - will screen at the festival, and there will also be two free panel discussions. Gordon Quinn will be in attendance for the screenings as well as participating as a panelist. Continued

Saving Mes Aynak Wins Big at Arkhaios

On Saturday, October 24, Saving Mes Aynak brought home the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival. Now in its 3rd year, Arkhaios promotes the discovery and preservation of the cultural heritage of America and beyond. The festival takes place in Hilton Head, SC, and serves as one of only two archaeology film festivals in the United States. Congratulations to Director Brent Huffman and the Saving Mes Aynak team! Continued

Columbus College of Art and Design celebrates Steve James

Steve James will be a visiting filmmaker at the Columbus College of Art and Design in November through the Visiting Artists and Scholars Series. Three of Steve James' documentaries will be screened the first week of November for students, followed by a discussion with James on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 pm. The following Steve James documentaries will be screened Tuesday, November 3, 2015 through November 5, 2015 in the Canzani Auditorium: The Interrupters - Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.Hoop Dreams - Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m.Life Itself - Thursday, November 5 at 4:30 p.m. The aim of the Visiting Artists and Scholars Series is to engage students with different professional artists, ranging from filmmakers to poets. Find out more at: http://www.ccad.edu/events-2015/steve-james. Continued

International Documentary Association to honor Gordon Quinn with Career Achievement Award

The International Documentary Association (IDA) will present its prestigious 2015 Career Achievement Award to Gordon Quinn, Founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films. Gordon will receive the honor at the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards at Paramount Pictures' Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Previous winners of the illustrious award include Robert Redford, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Ricky Leacock, Albert Maysles, Frederick Wiseman, Henry Hampton, Robert Drew, Michael Moore, Marcel Ophuls, Jean Rouch, Walter Cronkite, and Bill Moyers. Continued

In the Game Screens at Thomas Kelly High School and Harold Washington Library

Kartemquin Films has been making waves in the community with Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo’s latest film In the Game. Last week, the filmmakers hosted two screenings at the very place the documentary’s story centers--Thomas Kelly High School in Brighton Park, Chicago. Additionally, Harold Washington Library hosted a special screening on October 5th to kick off the popular One Book, One Chicago program for the Chicago Public Library. Continued

Applications now open for 2016 Diverse Voices in Docs

On Sunday, October 11th, the 2015 fellows of the Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program celebrated their graduation from the esteemed program at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus. Now in its third year, DVID aims to help filmmakers of color increase their skillset and network as well as provides them with a venue to screen their works in progress and aid in completing their own documentary projects. Continued