The Trials of Muhammad Ali wins FOCAL International Award

The Trials of Muhammad Ali has won for Best Use of Sports Footage at the FOCAL International Awards. The FOCAL (Federation of Commercial Audio Visual Libraries) International awards are "the leading and most complete set of awards for the archive footage business in the world today." The 11th annual awards ceremony took place in London on April 30th 2014. One of our licensers of footage for the film, Massimo Moretti of Studiocanal Films (who licensed us the celebrated Eamonn Andrews Show clip that opens the film) accepted the award on our behalf this evening. Continued

The Homestretch world premieres at Hot Docs

"One of my most anticipated films at this year’s Hot Docs is The Homestretch, directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly." - Christopher Campbell, Nonfics.com. After years of work, this is the moment: world premiere! The team behind The Homestretch show the film to a sold out crowd in Toronto today. Joining the directors are editor Leslie Simmer, executive producers Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn, and Andrew Schwertfegger, and two of the young stars of the film, Kasey and Anthony. As this proud moment occurs, we invite you to visit the new website for the film, watch the trailer, and check out their new poster at www.homestretchdoc.com. Continued

Nantucket Film Festival to honor Steve James

Nantucket Film Festival will honor Steve James with the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award at the festival's 19th edition, taking place June 25-30, 2014. Steve will attend the festival to present a Spotlight screening of his new film Life Itself, about film critic Roger Ebert. Life Itself was announced today as an official selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and will also screen at Ebertfest today. The film's New Zealand premiere has also been confirmed for the Documentary Edge Festival in May. The film will be released in US theaters in July. Continued

Life Itself to screen at Cannes Film Festival, with new Cannes footage

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival will host the European premiere of Life Itself, our new documentary about film critic Roger Ebert. Life Itself director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) said to RogerEbert.com: "The film's selection is a thrilling first for me and for Kartemquin. Beyond that, its also a statement about what Roger meant to the festival. He loved Cannes and Cannes loved him. We were so inspired by his writing about the festival, that we've created a new section in the film devoted to his adventures there over the years. Roger was a student of great cinema and of the dreams and spectacle that for him defined Cannes. We can't wait to share his story and our film with everyone there." Continued

Columbia College to give Gordon Quinn Honorary Degree

Kartemquin's co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn will receive an Honorary Degree from Columbia College Chicago this May. Gordon is one of five recipients chosen to represent the fields of film, theater, visual art, architecture and education. His fellow recipients at the May 17-18 commencement ceremonies are architect Jeanne Gang, owner of Studio Gang; Jim Jacobs, actor and co-creator of the musical Grease; Tony Karman, president of EXPO Chicago; and education historian Diane Ravitch. Read more in the Columbia Chronicle. Continued

Al Jazeera America Announces Production of Documentary Series with Kartemquin Films on Realities of Low-Income Living

Kartemquin is proud to announce a collaboration with Al Jazeera America on Hard Earned, a six-part documentary series scheduled to air in early 2015. Production has already begun on the series, which will explore the lives of five American families striving to keep food on the table and their dignity intact despite the reality of high living expenses and low wages. “We’re pleased to bring this important documentary series to Al Jazeera America, which explores the economic realities that many Americans face,” said Shannon High-Bassalik, senior vice-president, documentaries and programs. “This series goes beyond the politics and policy discussions and immerses the viewer in the true day-to-day struggles individuals and families face, getting by in today’s economy.” Continued

Tickets now on sale for the Kartemquin Spring Showcase

The 3rd annual Kartemquin Spring Showcase invites you to enjoy exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from four of our upcoming documentaries, and give your feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and in a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into our process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. TICKETS NOW ON SALE: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/kartemquin_spring_showcase_2014 Friday, May 2nd at 8:30pm, with a filmmaker reception to follow for all ticketholders Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St, Chicago, IL. Tickets $11, GSFC Members $6. Continued

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