"Kartemquin at its Best" - In the Game opens in Chicago

On Saturday, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago will host the U.S. premiere of In the Game, a new documentary film by Peabody award-winning filmmaker Maria Finitzo (5 Girls and Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita). There are still tickets available for select showings across this premiere run, during which Maria Finitzo will attend several screenings alongside the film's participants. Grab your tickets here: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/inthegame. Ahead of the opening, early reviews have been effusive in their praise, placing it among our strongest works. Continued

Japanese and German premieres for Saving Mes Aynak

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) has announced that Saving Mes Aynak will be the featured screening at the 2015 IAFOR Documentary Film Awards. The film's director, Brent E. Huffman, will receive their Honorary Award for 2015 and be the Keynote Speaker at IAFOR's The Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication (MediAsia2015) and The Asian Conference on Film & Documentary (FilmAsia2015). This year the events take place in November 12-15 at the Art Center of Kobe in Kobe, Japan. Saving Mes Aynak will screen on November 14 in its Japanese premiere. Continued

Fledgling Fund to support 10 Regional Government Roundtables for The Homestretch

The Fledgling Fund has committed $15,000 to help The Homestretch team facilitate ten regional screenings and roundtable discussions, bringing together government agencies around the issue of youth homelessness. These agencies include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education and others, all of which have an impact on the lives of youth experiencing homelessness. These regional events will take place in November 2015, and funds are still being raised to execute this innovative outreach. You can pledge your own support here. Continued

Korea's EIDF to host Almost There Asian Premiere

We are delighted to announce the Asian festival and television broadcast premiere of Almost There will take place this August at South Korea's EBS Documentary Festival (EIDF). Almost There is just one of nine "Festival Choice" films selected to screen in official competition at EIDF. Co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden will travel to Seoul for the festival, attending the screenings on Thursday, August 27th and Sunday, August 30th. We're delighted to learn that the film's title for the Korean audience will be translated to Peter's Fantastic Atelier or Peter's Beyond Imagination Workshop! Continued

Justine Nagan Leaves Kartemquin Films to become Executive Director/Executive Producer of American Documentary | POV

Justine Nagan has been named Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) and Executive Producer of POV (Point of View), its award-winning documentary series on PBS, the AmDoc Board of Directors announced today. Nagan joins AmDoc | POV from the award-winning nonprofit production collective Kartemquin Films of Chicago, where she has been Executive Director and an Executive Producer since 2008. Nagan will split her time between AmDoc / POV and Kartemquin Films this fall to ensure a smooth transition and will relocate to New York with her family in December. Continued

On Beauty now in theaters, and in the news

On Beauty is now playing at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles, and opens this Friday at the Cinema Village in New York. Joanna Rudnick's award-winning film follows former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who has now devoted his life to shooting stunning images of children with visible genetic differences such as albinism and facial birthmarks. The documentary's theatrical release has been accompanied by a surge of interest, proving that the time has come for Guidotti's movement encouraging society to see the beauty in difference. Continued

Life Itself shortlisted for Grierson Award

The Grierson Awards 2015 have shortlisted Life Itself in the category of the Bertha DocHouse "Best Cinema Documentary." View the full shortlist. The Grierson Trust is a registered charity that exists to promote documentary film making and to celebrate the work of John Grierson. Its annual awards are among the prestigious honors in the United Kingdom's documentary film industry. Our thanks and congratulations to Dogwoof, the UK distributor of Life Itself. Find out more about Steve James' film on the life of Roger Ebert at www.ebertmovie.com. Continued

In The Game to US premiere at Chicago's Siskel Center

Kartemquin is thrilled to announce the U.S. premiere of In the Game, a new documentary film by Peabody award-winning filmmaker, Maria Finitzo (5 Girls and Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita). Through the stories of a Hispanic girls soccer team at Kelly High School in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood, In the Game illustrates the enormous challenges facing inner-city girls in their quest for higher education and, most importantly, success in life. Continued

Raising Bertie will head to IFP Film Week

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) yesterday announced selections for their Project Forum at IFP Independent Film Week, running September 20-25, 2015 at Lincoln Center in New York City; as a previously announced selection of the Independent Filmmaker Labs, IFP’s annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors, Kartemquin's in-progress film Raising Bertie will attend. See the full list of films selected for the 2015 IFP Project Forum Slate. Continued