Music Box to host Saving Mes Aynak Chicago premiere

On Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30pm, the historic Music Box Theatre hosts the Chicago premiere of Saving Mes Aynak. The screening is a special presentation kicking off the Music Box's Docs at the Box summer documentary series, programmed by Anthony Kaufman. Saving Mes Aynak Director Brent E. Huffman and producer Zak Piper will attend, with panelists including archeologist Gil Stein, director of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, and Lawrence Rothfield, University of Chicago Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Faculty Director, Cultural Policy Center, and an expert on the ways in which looting and geopolitics affects antiquities and museums, particularly in the Middle East. Continued

Grab early bird tickets to our Summer Soirée!

The Host Committee, Board of Directors, Staff and Filmmakers of Kartemquin Films invite you to join us on June 26th in Chicago for our 2015 Summer Soirée. Our signature celebration event for the year, the Summer Soirée supports all our filmmaking, programs and advocacy on behalf of documentary, while offering a chance to toast the vitality of Chicago's independent media community. Purchase early bird tickets through June 1 for $125. VIP tickets and sponsorships also available: please contact Nicole Gotthelf, Kartemquin Director of Development, for more information. Continued

"Truth and Fact and Dignity": Episode 2 of Hard Earned

Hard Earned, a six-part documentary series for Al Jazeera America, puts aside economic debates and follows five families around the country to find out what it takes to get by on eight, ten or even 15 dollars an hour. The series airs on Sunday nights at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Episode 2 aired this past Sunday, and drew some very strong reactions. Check out more below. See you next week for episode 3! [View the story "Hard Earned Episode 2 Recap" on Storify] Continued

Raising Bertie Feels the Love at Good Pitch

#TeamBertie is wrapping up a crazy, emotional, wonderful week after participating in this year's Good Pitch Chicago. The event, which was held this part Tuesday in Pilsen's historic Thalia Hall, raised over $350,000 for the six projects that participated. Raising Bertie came away from the event with a Ford Foundation Grant of $50,000, as well as over $10,000 in additional grants from Impact Partners and private donors and support from all the members of their roundtable with offers to host screenings, make White House connections, brain trusts, and fundraisers. Additional highlights of the day included donation of all educational materials, and individuals donating story consulting and impact strategy consulting. Continued