The Homestretch moves the crowd at Housing First Partners Conference

Attendees of the Housing First Partners Conference were treated to a sneak peek of Kartemquin's new film The Homestretch yesterday. The audience was filled with experts working to end homelessness through the many facets of Housing First. All three of the young people featured in the film - Kasey, Anthony, and Roque – were in attendance and took questions from the audience. View photos of the event here. The audience response to their presence was incredible. Continued

Steve James films & subjects to star at Full Frame

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced the full schedule of films for their 2014 edition, including a Steve James Tribute and Thematic Program curated by Lucy Walker. The tribute to Steve James will include appearances from many of the subjects of his films. Arthur Agee, Jr. (Hoop Dreams), Ameena Matthews (The Interrupters), and Reverend Carroll Pickett (At the Death House Door) will attend. Full Frame will also feature “Hoop Dreams at 20,” a panel conversation in celebration of the landmark documentary’s 20th anniversary that will feature outtakes, insider commentary, and special guests. Continued

Studs Terkel Awards celebrate Kartemquin

Last night in Chicago, the Community Media Workshop honored Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn and Steve James with 2014 Studs Terkel 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. Also honored were Fred & Nikki Will Stein; Steve Bogira of The Chicago Reader; and Alejandro Escalona of Telemundo, as well as Community Media Workshop founder Thom Clark. Continued

See previews of our new work at The Post Family's Comfort Station residency

At 7pm on March 12, Kartemquin filmmakers will show clips of new films and invite discussion with the audience as part of The Post Family's curatorial residency at Comfort Station, a multi-disciplinary art space situated in in the heart of Logan Square, Chicago. The audience at this free event will be able to see sneak peeks and discuss these new films - all yet to premiere in Chicago - with the filmmakers and Kartemquin's executive director Justine Nagan and director of communications and distribution Tim Horsburgh. The featured films are: Almost There, presented by co-director Dan Rybicky. The Homestretch, presented by editor Leslie Simmer. Continued

The Trials of Muhammad Ali nominated for FOCAL International Award

The Trials of Muhammad Ali has been nominated for the 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 takes place in London on April 20th 2014. Realscreen covered the announcement. Continued

4 years later, Prisoner of Her Past still going strong

Since its release in 2010, Prisoner of Her Past continues to engage communities across the country. To date, the film has been broadcast more than 510 times in 140 markets across the U.S. As Howard Reich writes in a new update, "It all began as a Chicago Tribune article in 2003, evolved into a book in 2006 and became a documentary film in 2010 – and the story shows no signs of slowing down. The audience only seems to grow." Continued

Help us change how people view youth homelessness

After four years of intense work, The Homestretch is finally nearing completion. As they get ready to release the film, co-directors/producers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly are simultaneously launching the first steps of a major audience engagement strategy for their film about homeless teens in Chicago: please help them do it! The Homestretch tells the story of three homeless teenagers who brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of? Continued

We Support Public Access TV in Chicago

Over thirty years ago Kartemquin Founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn participated in the community struggle to establish a public access television in Chicago. The result was the creation of Chicago Access Corporation and CAN TV and Gordon served on the 1st board. Today, as cable franchise renewals nationwide move towards defunding or eliminating public access television, he continues to advocate for access as part of the Committee for Media Access (CMA). Currently the City of Chicago is in negotiations with Comcast, the city’s and nation’s largest cable provider, for a ten-year franchise renewal. With CMA, Gordon will be attending meetings with the cable commissioner and encouraging Kartemquin interns and staff to show up at city council meetings to show support for CAN TV. Continued

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