Ebert Movie preview, stunning prizes, views, and people await at Kartemquin Gala

Our 2013 Gala is just days away! Join us on Friday September 20th at an exclusive private venue in Chicago for our annual fundraising gala in celebration of collaborative documentaries that spark democracy. Tickets are on sale now - and going fast! The Kartemquin 2013 Gala will unite Chicago changemakers who believe in the power of independent media, for wonderful food and drink, stimulating conversation, and unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline, the lake, and Millennium Park. Continued

Gordon Quinn to speak on documentary ethics in Yamagata and Chicago

Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will draw on his five decades of filmmaking experience to speak on documentary ethics and fair use at upcoming festivals in Yamagata and Chicago this October. The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival will host a discussion on Fair Use and ethics as part of its series titled "The Ethics Machine: Six Gazes of the Camera." Here is the description: "Documentary filmmakers strike out into the landscapes of humans and animals to make films about “the world,” not “a world.” This makes all the difference. It means that every camera angle, every light, every cut, every edit, every music hook—every choice—poses an ethical challenge. This turns the documentary camera into an ethics machine. Continued

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