Pullman designated National Monument; watch our film on this Chicago treasure

On February 19, 2015 President Barack Obama will officially designate the south Chicago neighborhood of Pullman as America's next National Monument, and Chicago's first National Park site. To mark this great news, we are now releasing this video online free for 2 months. It can be found, along with many other extras, on the DVD for our classic film The Last Pullman Car. Historic Pullman Factory 2011 Screening of THE LAST PULLMAN CAR from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo. Continued

Watch Golub for free on POV in honor of Jerry Blumenthal

Last November, Kartemquin founding partner Jerry Blumenthal passed away. His brilliance as a person and a filmmaker inspired many fond tributes. The acclaimed PBS documentary series P.O.V. then approached us with an interest in honoring Jerry Blumenthal's memory by streaming for free online one of his very finest films: Golub (1988), which originally aired on P.O.V. in 1990. The film is now streaming for free on their website until March 31, 2015. P.O.V. also posted an interview Jerry and co-director Gordon Quinn from 1990, which we can embed here: Continued

MoMA to screen Women's Voices: The Gender Gap Movie

On Tuesday February 4th at 4pm, New York's MoMA presents a screening of our classic short Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie as part of their series Carte Blanche: Women’s Film Preservation Fund—Women Writing the Language of Cinema. Produced in 1984 when the contest between incumbent president Ronald Reagan and Democratic challenger Walter Mondale betrayed a difference in the voting patterns of men and women, The Gender Gap reveals the women behind the numbers. Featuring interviews with a diverse group of women, the film focuses on the different priorities compelling them to vote – concerns over social programs, healthcare, fair compensation, and military intervention. Continued

Athena Film Festival to host In the Game sneak preview

We're excited to announce that two-time Peabody award-winning director Maria Finitzo's new film In the Game is almost complete, and will be hitting festivals in 2015. Ahead of its official world premiere later this year, Maria will be present as Athena Film Festival hosts a special public work-in-progress screening at 3pm on Saturday, February 7th in New York City. This Athena Film Festival Work-in--progress screening is FREE to the public, however a ticket is required for entry. Buy tickets here: Adult | Student. Continued

The Homestretch heads to Paris

The European Premiere of The Homestretch will be at The Paris Human Rights International Film Festival (FIFDH Paris) which runs from April 7th through the 21st. Screenings will be held at Luminor, Hôtel de Ville. The FIFDH Paris has, for the last 10 years, been the most important cultural manifestation on the theme of Human Rights in France. Each year, they offer directors from all over the world the opportunity to present their work and to meet the public. From over 500 films that are watched each year, they select only about 20 works to be shown, and we are deeply honored to be among them. Continued

Announcing the 2015 Diverse Voices in Docs fellows

We are delighted to welcome the 2015 Diverse Voices in Docs fellows to their first session today. The Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Fellowship is a collaboration between Kartemquin Films and Community Film Workshop (CFW) of Chicago. It is a six-month, intensive program designed to help mid-career filmmakers of color increase their skillset, build their professional network, and move their documentary film projects forward toward completion, with the program culminating in a fall graduation showcase featuring a keynote speaker and a public screening of project clips by all fellows. Documentary makers are partnered together and matched with veteran Kartemquin and CFW producers for additional guidance. The 2015 program marks the third annual iteration of DVID. Additional support for the program is provided by Voqal Fund, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Seabury Foundation, and Kat Lei Productions. Continued