A sneak peek at Saving Mes Aynak ahead of IDFA world premiere

Kartemquin's 6th world premiere of 2014 will be this Sunday, as Saving Mes Aynak screens at IDFA. Tickets are now on sale for the film's five screenings at the world's largest documentary festival, with director Brent Huffman, producer Zak Piper, and executive producers Gordon Quinn and Julia Reichert attending. Ahead of the world premiere, we gave PBS NewsHour a sneak peek of footage from the finished film and a new interview with Brent Huffman about the Mes Aynak site. Continued

See The Homestretch during National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

The Homestretch is screening in theaters and community venues across the country this November, as our audience engagement efforts dedicated to raising awareness and opportunities for the more than 1.6 million homeless young people in the U.S ramp up for National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Theatrical dates include bookings at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center, New York's Maysles Cinema, and Los Angeles' Downtown Independent. Many more screening dates are packed through November and December. Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly's documentary about three homeless Chicago teenagers will also be released on iTunes, Amazon and other digital platforms on Tuesday, November 25th. Continued

See Gordon Quinn & Al Maysles discuss Hoop Dreams and 50 years of documentary history

Kartemquin artistic director and founder Gordon Quinn will be in conversation with Maysles Documentary Center founder Albert Maysles at a special 20th anniversary screening of the newly restored Hoop Dreams at Maysles Cinema in Harlem, New York on Monday, November 17th at 6:30pm. Almost 50 years ago, Gordon Quinn bought the lens for Kartemquin's very first camera from another young filmmaker, Al Maysles. Their friendship and respective careers span from the dawn of cinéma vérité to today, when both can look back upon credits on hundreds of films, and legacies of inspiring and assisting thousands of documentary makers and viewers. Get tickets now for this special event. Continued

Raising Bertie picked for Good Pitch Chicago

Upcoming Kartemquin film Raising Bertie is one of just six in-progress documentaries selected for the second Good Pitch Chicago. In Raising Bertie we follow three young men over the course of five years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a small African American-led farming community in North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these young men, we see the issues facing America’s rural youth and the repercussions of a woefully underfunded rural public school system. Their stories shed light on the complex relationships between family, economics and education. Continued

On Beauty wins Audience Award for Best Short Film at Chicago International Film Festival

We are delighted to announce that On Beauty won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival! The victory is sweet for many reasons: the film's sold-out home town screening was the world premiere, and marked the end of a five-year journey making the film for director Joanna Rudnick, during which she also got married, had two children and a bilateral mastectomy, all while distributing her first film, the Emmy-nominated In the Family. Continued

LA premiere announced for Almost There

The Arclight Cinemas Documentary Series will host the Los Angeles premiere of Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's Almost There on Monday November 24, at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased here. Curated by filmmaker and President of the International Documentary Association Board, Marjan Safinia, the ArcLight Documentary Series "brings some of the best documentary films of the year to ArcLight Hollywood’s cinephile audience." Marj stated that she is "really thrilled to be bringing this fantastic film to the ArcLight Doc Series for its LA premiere. Its absolutely riveting, haunting, and moving. One of those that sticks with you long after the lights are up." Continued