Diverse Voices in Docs projects head to Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival is this week, and we are delighted that two documentary filmmakers mentored through our Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID) program will be attending with full industry passes. Bing Liu and Jonathan Ashley are the lucky DVID graduates that were selected to attend the film festival through a partnership between Kartemquin and the Tribeca Film Institute. They will have the rare opportunity to get insights and access to funders, distributors, festival programmers, and other top film professionals as part of Tribeca's Industry week. Continued

Coming to Al Jazeera America on May 3: Hard Earned

Al Jazeera America today announced that Hard Earned, an original new six-part documentary series produced by Kartemquin Films, will begin airing Sunday, May 3rd at 10 pm ET/7pm PT as part of the channel’s documentary series Al Jazeera America Presents. Hard Earned, produced by the Emmy and Peabody-winning documentary production team behind films such as Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, and Life Itself, is a provocative and in-depth look at the lives of five working-class American families. Continued

Full Frame Success for Saving Mes Aynak

Saving Mes Aynak is celebrating a great weekend at the Full Frame Documentary Festival, where it screened to a standing ovation and was followed by an impassioned q&a from the sold out crowd. Director Brent E. Huffman attended Full Frame with producer Zak Piper and executive producer Julia Reichert. Brent began the weekend by speaking with Joe Corey of Inside Pulse, who covered the film and declared it, “the most important documentary showing at Full Frame this year.” Continued

Watch The Homestretch on PBS tonight!

PBS Independent Lens hosts the broadcast television premiere of The Homestretch on Monday, April 13 at 10pm ET / 9pm CT (Check local listings). This marks the high point of six years of work by co-directors Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly to bring attention to the story of the estimated 1.6 million homeless youth in America. Their diligent dedication - with the help of so many partners, funders, and community organizations who also believe in the goal of ending youth homeless - has meant the film has already made a significant impact on thousands of people. But now we will reach the film's largest audience yet. Continued

All The Queen's Horses Already Making Headlines

Upcoming Kartemquin production All The Queen's Horses recently appeared on the pages of The Chicago Tribune. In the April 8th edition of the Chicago Confidential column, Melissa Harris covers the history of the infamous financial fraud and filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope's production process. The documentary portrays the events surrounding the arrest of a Dixon, IL comptroller named Rita Crundwell for the embezzlement of $53 million of city funds. Harris drolly calls the film "the business school version of those anti-DUI educational videos shown in high schools" while highlighting the social utility of Pope's documentary. Additionally, she provides insight into Pope's unique viewpoint as a forensic accountant and associate professor at DePaul University. Continued

On Beauty wins again!

On Beauty has won the audience award for best short at the 2015 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. The award is the third straight festival award for the film, coming soon after the jury prizes for best documentary short at its last two festival showings: the Cleveland International Film Festival and the festival in Geneva, IL. On Beauty also won the audience award for best documentary at its world premiere week at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 2014. Continued