Vote! SXSW panel on ethics in interactive documentary

"Is it true? Is it safe?: Ethics in Interactive Doc" is the title of a proposed SXSW film festival panel that features Kartemquin board member Patricia Aufderheide, and Tim Horsburgh, our director of communications and programs. The subject of ethics in documentary is one that matters greatly to us, and which various Kartemquin filmmakers have spoken about in a variety of forums over the years, so we would appreciate the opportunity to share what we have learned in our ventures in the new territory of interactive documentary through projects such as '63 Boycott and Interrupt Violence. Continued

NYC Loves Trials of Ali

It was a memorable opening weekend for The Trials of Muhammad Ali in New York. Excited movie goers - including cinema legend Spike Lee, pictured here with Trials director Bill Siegel - packed into the IFC Center for their chance to see what Dave Zirin of The Nation called "the best documentary ever made" about the champ, writing "This is a special film. It should be treasured by anyone who cares about sports, politics, the 1960s or the vivacious, loquacious, bodacious, Muhammad Ali." Continued

Raise a glass for "Unbroken Glass"

"Drinks in Progress" with Unbroken Glass and Kartemquin Films 8pm, September 5th. Schuba's Upstairs Lounge 3159 N. Southport Ave. $25 admission Join the makers of Unbroken Glass on September 5th at Schuba’s for an evening of drinks and music and watch brand new in-progress clips of the film, which will be a future Kartemquin Films release. DJ Zak Piper will be spinning an unmatched selection of classic soul records. Entry includes one drink and a custom “Unbroken" pint glass. All proceeds will support the film. Continued

Gathr Gets Sneak Previews of The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The "theatrical on demand" website Gathr is offering sneak previews of The Trials of Muhammad Ali across the USA this week, thanks to distributor Kino Lorber. The Gathr Preview Series gives audiences in select cities the chance to see special 1-time only advance screenings of the best independent cinema in theaters before anyone else – even before the NYC and LA releases (which is August 23rd at IFC CENTER for Trials). The cities involved are below, each with the date of their screening of The Trials of Muhammad Ali this week: Continued

Good Pitch Chicago films announced

We are delighted to note that our film The Homestretch is among the seven documentaries selected for the first ever Good Pitch Chicago! We are also excited for former Kartemquin intern (spring '08) Bec Parrish, whose Sister is also one of the selected films. Co-produced by BritDoc, the Sundance Institute, and a Chicago planning team, Good Pitch Chicago will give seven teams of documentary filmmakers the rare and valuable opportunity to conduct a seven-minute pitch to an invited audience of 300 potential investors and partners. The event will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center on October 22nd, 2013. Visit the Good Pitch Chicago website for more details. The seven films were picked from over 100 international submissions. Continued

Official trailer: The Trials of Muhammad Ali and upcoming screening dates

Muhammad Ali is coming to a city near you! Check out the stirring new trailer. Below is the list of confirmed theatrical dates for The Trials of Muhammad Ali. More dates are being added by distributor Kino Lorber each day, so you may want to bookmark this page or check back to the film's Events page. If you don't see your local theater on this list, please get in touch with them to request they book the film, and let us know too! You can contact the film via Facebook and Twitter and email. All dates are week-long runs* unless specified. Continued

Save the date: Kartemquin's 2013 Gala is Friday September 20th

Celebrating collaborative documentaries that spark democracy, the Kartemquin 2013 Gala will unite Chicago changemakers who believe in the power of independent media. Coming soon: One Night Only!Kartemquin 2013 Gala City Lights & Cocktails at the top of Chicago Friday night, September 20th, 2013. If you were one of the lucky attendees who joined us last year, you will remember the stunning location.* We are delighted to be generously hosted there again, enjoying unparalleled views of the loop, wonderful food and drink, and stimulating conversation. Continued