Kartemquin and Fandor to Jointly Release Films

Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service for independent and international films, announced today that they will jointly release over thirty films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films, sixteen of which debut today. The move underscores Fandor and Kartemquin’s commitment to providing extraordinary cinema to an ever-growing audience of film enthusiasts. “I have greatly admired the remarkable work of Kartemquin Films for decades,” stated Jonathan Marlow, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Fandor. “We are absolutely delighted to add their phenomenal documentaries to the Fandor service.” Continued

Hard Earned nominated for IDA Award

The International Documentary Association has nominated Hard Earned for the Best Limited Series Award at the 2015 IDA Documentary Awards. A landmark new 6-part series about getting by in America, Hard Earned originally aired on Al Jazeera's documentary series Al Jazeera America Presents in May and June. It will be rebroadcast on Al Jazeera starting November 22. The annual IDA Documentary Awards celebrates the best nonfiction films, programs and filmmakers of the year at the world’s most prestigious event dedicated solely to the documentary genre. The ceremony takes places on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in Los Angeles. Continued

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