Steve James reflects on the anniversary of Roger Ebert's death

April 4th marks the one year anniversary of the death of Roger Ebert. At Kartemquin this sad event left us stunned and shocked, both because we were still in production on Life Itself, and because Roger Ebert had been a champion of our work since our very first film, and most notably with Hoop Dreams. Below, Steve James, the director of Life Itself and Hoop Dreams, shares his thoughts on Roger Ebert's legacy, one year later. Continued

"People need to be able to feel like they're complicated." - Usama Alshaibi on American Arab

Ahead of the film's Chicago premiere at Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) on April 6th, American Arab director Usama Alshaibi has been in the local press talking about the film's exploration of race, identity and cultural stereotypes, and arguing "what it means to be American needs to be reexamined." Talking with fellow filmmaker Carlos Jiménez Flores in the Chicago Reader, Usama states: Continued

In-Progress Previews for In the Game

In the Game presents a work in progress screening at the Belcourt, a nonprofit theater, in Nashville, TN on March 29. The screening is part of a film program that celebrates girls and women in sports. This screening also marks the beginning of a partnership between the Belcourt and Casa Azafrán, a nonprofit collaborative who's mission is to create community among a diverse population. Immediately following the film, director Maria Finitzo, will participate in a Q&A via Skype. She welcomes the opportunity to hear audience feedback. Continued

Chicago homecoming and Heartland fests for American Arab

American Arab comes home to a much anticipated Chicago premiere on April 6th at the 21st Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF). Get tickets here. American Arab is this year's CUFF closing night film and will screen at The Logan Theater at 8pm. Director Usama Alshaibi - a regular at CUFF with his previous experimental works, including 2006 CUFF Best Documentary Feature award-winner Nice Bombs - will return to his former hometown for the screening. Continued

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