IDFA schedules set for 3 Kartemquin Films

IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the world's largest documentary film festival, is just one week away. We are honored to have three films at the festival, and have compiled the full schedules for each film below. Usama Alshaibi's American Arab will have its World Premiere at IDFA; Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's Almost There has been selected to deliver a Central Pitch at the 2013 IDFA Forum; and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, directed by Bill Siegel, will have its European Premiere at IDFA. Continued

Rolling Stone puts Hoop Dreams as #1 Sports Documentary

Rolling Stone has placed our 1994 film Hoop Dreams at the very top of their list of "15 Sports Documentaries to Cheer About." The magazine writes: "This excellent movie was filmed over a five-year period and follows two inner-city basketball players from Chicago as they pursue their NBA dreams. Although the film was universally praised by critics – Roger Ebert called it "one of the great moviegoing experiences" of his lifetime – it was completely snubbed at the Oscars. The resulting outcry ultimately led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revise its nomination process." Continued

The Interrupters' Ongoing Impact

On November 13th, the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation will announce which documentary film wins the 2013 PUMA Impact Award. Our The Interrupters is one of the 5 nominated films, chosen for making the most significant social impact over the last year. Huffington Post UK profiled some of the highlights of The Interrupters audience engagement campaign, after speaking to Patrick Lile, Outreach Coordinator for the film, and Tim Horsburgh, Kartemquin's Director of Communications and Programs. Continued

The Trials of Muhammad Ali coming to Chicago

The Trials of Muhammad Ali will be screening in Chicago from November 8th to November 14th! Khalilah Camacho-Ali - the former Mrs. Muhammad Ali, who is featured in the documentary – will be in town to promote the film and make appearances at select screenings. A special opening night event will be held at the Music Box Theatre on Friday, November 8th at 8pm. There will be a reception starting at 7pm with free food and drinks, and appearances by Khalilah Camacho-Ali, director Bill Siegel, producer Rachel Pikelny and many other Kartemquinites. Tickets now on sale! The film will be screening at three theaters across the city from 11/8 to 11/14: Continued

Steve James and Gordon Quinn to receive Studs Terkel Award

The Community Media Workshop will honor Kartemquin documentary filmmakers Steve James and Gordon Quinn with 2014 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards. The Studs Terkel Community Media Awards honor outstanding media professionals for excellence in covering and reflecting Chicago’s diverse communities. The awards highlight communicators who take risks in covering social issues by offering new or unusual perspectives on topics of general concern, from housing to neighborhood safety and beyond. Continued

IDA Awards nomination for The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali has been nominated by the International Documentary Association (IDA) for the ABCNews Video Source Award, given for the best use of archival footage. This nomination means a great deal to the The Trials of Muhammad Ali team of director Bill Siegel, producer Rachel Pikelny, and editor Aaron Wickenden, who spent countless hours searching for rare and unseen archival footage to tell the story of the most famous athlete of the 20th century's fight to exercise his religious and personal beliefs. Kudos also goes to Carolyn Faber, Hillary Bachelder, Nora Gully, Matt Lauterbach, Amy Boyd and Shayla Harris as well for their archival prowess on this project. Continued

A very Good Pitch for The Homestretch

The first Good Pitch Chicago was in itself an amazing event for Chicago documentary makers, but was especially great for our upcoming film The Homestretch. The film, about homeless youth in Chicago, and directed by Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare, received pledges of support and enthusiasm from the CPB, MacArthur foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Ford Foundation, POV, Facing History and Ourselves, the Chaz and Roger Ebert foundation, True Colors Fund and more. A highlight was seeing Roque, one of the film's stars, speak in front of 300 people. The support from the day has left the filmmakers inspired and in a great position to finish the film and mount an ambitious outreach campaign for 2014. Continued