THE INTERRUPTERS shines at Silverdocs

Kartemquin director Steve James took his upcoming film The Interrupters to the 2010 Silverdocs International Documentary Conference last week to participate in the prestigious Good Pitch event. Steve James, The Interrupters co-writer/producer Alex Kotlowitz, and violence interrupter Ameena Matthews together presented a short demo of the film and spoke to the crowd of philanthropists and media funders about their plans for community engagements initiatives around the film's release. They were well received by the group and a number of potential funders verbally expressed interest in assisting their efforts with the project. The next day, Steve participated in a conversation with Silverdocs head programmer Sky Sitney about his career. This report from the Center for Social Media about the event contains more information, including this quote about Steve's filmmaking style and the his relationship with Kartemquin: "[Steve] James noted that while his films always have a point of view, they avoid polemics. Rather, he said, he wants to take the viewer on a voyage of discovery. “The trick of making a good doc,” he said, “is to take the viewer through the revelatory process that the filmmaker went through—but in less time.” He noted that work like his—often exploring hard-to-fund characters and situations, conducted over long periods of times, tackling the complexity of experience—has benefited from his relationship with Kartemquin Films. The production house provides a structure within which talent can be nurtured and good projects can be sustained." Continued

New video: David Simpson editing workshop on A GOOD MAN

Check out the new video on the Kartemquin YouTube channel of David E. Simpson discussing his editing philosophy with Kartemquin interns and showing exclusive clips from our in-progress documentary A Good Man, about the award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones and his attempt to translate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln into modern dance. As part of our commitment to nurturing the next generation of documentary filmmakers, Kartemquin runs a respected internship program, featuring weekly educational workshops in which staff members and associates share their wisdom and experiences of working in the industry with the interns. We're also giving them the chance to cut their teeth on some of our web videos: this video of the workshop was filmed and edited by Spring '10 intern Lesley Onstott, who we think did a great job. A Good Man will air on PBS' "American Masters" in 2011, and is a co-production with Media Process Group and Ravinia. Continued

In the Family and Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz raising awareness of genetic testing for cancer

In the Family Director Joanna Rudnick received the 2010 FORCE 'Spirit of Empowerment Award' this past weekend at the 5th Annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Orlando, Florida. Here is a picture of Joanna Rudnick with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the FORCE conference. Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz was the lead author on the EARLY ACT and remains an incredible support and advocate for all women facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Joanna and In the Family are committed to working with Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz and FORCE on new campaigns to raise awareness and ensure that all women have access to genetic testing, including the Congresswoman's current fight to get the offices of Medicare and Medicaid to cover genetic counseling and testing. In the Family is available on DVD and iTunes. Continued

Shop Typeface at Felt & Wire!

We have opened a new store just for Typeface merchandise at Felt & Wire, the popular online curated marketplace for designer papergoods. Items for sale now include the Typeface DVD, and specially created Typeface posters designed by Dennis Ichiyama, The Post Family, Stacey Stern and Tony Zanni. Your purchases directly support ongoing outreach efforts for the film. Thank you to all the artists who have donated their work. Check out a great Felt & Wire article on Typeface from July 2009, and buy someone a beautiful Typeface present today! Continued

Legendary Distributor to Join Kartemquin Films Board

Kartemquin Films is delighted to announce that Ira Deutchman, well-known film producer and distributor, and founder of Cinecom and Fine Line Features, has been appointed as the newest member to its Board of Directors. Mr. Deutchman’s appointment was unanimously approved at Kartemquin’s most recent board meeting. “We are thrilled to have Ira serve on our Board of Directors,” said Justine Nagan, Executive Director of Kartemquin Films.  “He brings a unique perspective on the film business and his experience as an incredibly successful independent film distributor, including his role in Kartemquin’s most commercially successful film Hoop Dreams, will be a great asset as we create and distribute more documentary films than we have in Kartemquin’s history.” Continued

Chicago Maternity Center Story to be restored!

The National Film Preservation Fund has awarded Kartemquin a preservation grant to restore The Chicago Maternity Center Story, a groundbreaking work from Kartemquin's 1970's collective period. We would like to thank the NFPF and our project partners Chicago Film Archives, who will house the film and provide access. Read more about the NFPF's recent grant awards. The Chicago Maternity Center Story is a classic that continues to be sought out by scholars in both woman’s healthcare and film studies. Continued

In the Family to present poster at Genetic Counselors Conference

A collaborative team from Kartemquin's In the Family, The Center for Medical Genetics at the NorthShore University HealthSystem, and The University of Chicago Hospitals will present a poster titled "Evaluating the use of film media to assist decision-making during BRCA genetic counseling" at the National Society of Genetic Counselors Adult Education Conference on October 15th 2010. Get more information. Continued

ITVS funds two new Kartemquin films

Kartemquin is delighted to have received funding for two in-progress films - A Good Man and The Interrupters - in the most recent round of funding from ITVS (The Independent Television Service). Read about the funding on the ITVS website. Kartemquin would like to congratulate all our partners on these two projects, which will both be completed in 2011. Read more about A Good Man and watch the trailer. Read more about The Interrupters. Continued