NEA awards Kartemquin 2018 Art Works grant

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is a recommended Art Works grant of $45,000 to Kartemquin Films towards our work deepening our focus on cultivating and serving diverse, Midwestern filmmakers who will enrich and enliven our industry. The grant will support the Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellowship, KTQ Labs program, and Kartemquin's continued active filmmaker support for 19 films currently in production or active distribution. (Pictured: Kartemquin Artistic Director and co-founder Gordon Quinn provides feedback during a KTQ Lab for the film A Destruction, directed by DVID graduate Urooj Yazdani Continued

Doris Duke Foundation funds Loyalty: Stories

Kartemquin is thrilled to share that Loyalty: Stories is a recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts' Building Bridges 2017-18 Grant. A ten-part series of shorts directed and produced by David Washburn, Loyalty: Stories is a national storytelling project about American Muslim veterans that explores themes of citizenship, identity and faith in the post-9/11 era. The grant will provide $65,000 towards post-production and distribution of the series, which will premiere in time for Veterans Day 2018. Continued

Minding the Gap wins at MSPIFF, RiverRun and SDAFF

Earning its 11th award recognition since the film's world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gap won the Best Feature Documentary Award at both the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and the RiverRun International Film Festival, as well as the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase Audience Award – just in the past week. At the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and his son Riley Hawk joined Bing Liu, Keire Johnson, and Diane Quon for the screening. Continued

In memory of Art Shay

Kartemquin is deeply saddened by the passing of Art Shay, one the country's most renowned photographers who snapped countless celebrities and pivotal moments of the 20th century. Shay graciously shared his photos of the 1963 Chicago Public Schools Boycott with the filmmaking team of our 2017 film '63 Boycott. The filmmakers of '63 Boycott posted the videos to the film's website, where individuals could identify themselves or other participants as members of the protest. "Art was the premiere photographer in Chicago. We had both filmed the 1963 Chicago Public Schools Boycott, and over the last few years we got to know each other well. He will be missed greatly, but his work lives on as part of the legacy of the city," said Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director and co-founder of Kartemquin Films. Continued

Represent selected for 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket

Represent, the debut feature from director Hillary Bachelder, produced by Anne Sobel and associate produced by Carina Nieto, was selected to participate in the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest's MeetMarket –– one of the world's largest documentary and factual markets. Selected from over 550 submissions, the filmmakers of Represent will have the opportunity to meet with over 300 international funders, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents and exhibitors. Continued

Remembering Bill Nack

Kartemquin is deeply saddened by the passing of William "Bill" Nack, who was featured in our 2014 documentary Life Itself, about Roger Ebert. Nack and Ebert became lifelong friends after meeting at the University of Illinois, while both working on The Daily Illini newspaper. As Ebert went on to became perhaps the world's most famous and greatest film critic, Nack was equally successful in his field of sports writing, gaining great acclaim for his decades of journalism for Sports Illustrated, and in particular for his 1975 book "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion," the definitive work on the Triple Crown-winning horse. Continued

Minding the Gap wins Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary at Ashland

Minding the Gap continues to enjoy a stellar festival run, most recently earning the Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival this past weekend. Read the festival's official announcement here. Last year, our 2016 film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail took home the same award from the fest. Minding the Gap was edited by Bing Liu and Joshua Altman. Continued