Thank you for supporting our Summer Soiree

Oh what a night! While the rain didn’t stop until the end the evening, it didn’t stop 200 people mingling, dancing and enjoying viewing exclusive clips of Kartemquin’s films on a very historic day in America. On behalf of everyone at Kartemquin: a big thank you for your generous support! Our 2015 Summer Soiree was a huge success. We're delighted to announce that we surpassed all of our goals, including a $25,000 matching challenge grant on the night! Adding up ticket sales, pre-event donations, on-site challenge grant pledges and donations, and the raffle, we raised over $90,000! View photos at our Facebook Page. Pictured above: Co-host and Kartemquin Board Member Jason Stephens with Kartemquin Executive Director Justine Nagan. All of our attendees also got to see exclusive clips of current in-progress films - including new projects we have not yet announced publicly! Continued

Join us on #SaveMesAynak Day

#SaveMesAynak Day on July 1 will spark worldwide protest, conversation, and action around Saving Mes Aynak, an award-winning documentary that exposes a Chinese company's plan to turn a 5,000 year-old archeological site in Afghanistan into a copper mine, destroying priceless Buddhist relics. Thousands of people will watch the film together worldwide. HOW TO WATCH: Watch the film here on July 1 - #SaveMesAynak Day In Afghanistan? Watch for Free! Watch the broadcast on Witness - Al Jazeera at 20 GMT on Al Jazeera English. See the beauty of Mes Aynak, and take a stand to stop its destruction. LIVE GOOGLE HANGOUT EVENT Continued

Saving Mes Aynak free to watch in Afghanistan

Chicago not-for-profit documentary collective Kartemquin Films will release Saving Mes Aynak free to the people of Afghanistan. The award-winning documentary exposes a Chinese company's plan to turn a 5,000 archeological site in Afghanistan into a copper mine, destroying priceless Buddhist relics. The filmmakers are offering the free stream, hosted by the digital platform VHX, to anyone within Afghanistan who visits before midnight on July 1, which they have declared Global #SaveMesAynak Day. Continued

Major funders to attend final Diverse Voices in Docs Session

After 6 months of developing their new projects, the 2015 fellows of our Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program will have final session this Saturday, pitching in front of a roundtable of leading documentary industry funders. Now in its third year, DVID is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentarians of color organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, and aims to provide skill enrichment, networking opportunities and discussions on such topics as ethics, fundraising and distribution. At the final pitching panel, the 12 documentary makers in this year's program will meet: N'Jeri Eaton, Programming Manager - ITVS (Independent Television Service) Lauren Pabst, Program Officer ​- MacArthur Foundation Continued

Fewer than 30 spots remain for the KTQ Summer Soiree

On Friday, June 26th, we'll celebrate spectacular Chicago views, people, and documentaries at our KTQ Summer Soirée. Please purchase tickets now to secure your chance to join us, as we are nearing capacity. There is limited space in our exclusive venue - with stunning views of Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, and all Chicago beyond - but no limits on the food, drink, great conversation and fine documentary filmmaking you'll encounter. 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. Continued

Bertha Foundation funds The Prosecutors

The Bertha Foundation has awarded a production grant of $10,000 to The Prosecutors. Directed by Leslie Thomas and co-produced with ART WORKS Projects, The Prosecutors follows lawyers in three conflict-scarred countries - Colombia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Democratic Republic of Congo - as they battle cultures of impunity to provide justice for survivors of wartime rape. The project joined Kartemquin in early 2015 and was featured at our 2015 Spring Showcase. It is currently fundraising for further production, editing, and audience engagement. If you'd like to support the film, please donate here. Continued

Funding takes Unbroken Glass closer

We’re excited to announce major support from the Sage Foundation for our in-progress film Unbroken Glass. Sage's generous grant will allow director Dinesh Sabu and his team to continue refining the film's rough cut throughout the summer back in-house at Kartemquin. In further good news, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has awarded Dinesh an Individual Artist Support grant to work with a graphics animator. Since old family photos are such a key element of the language of Unbroken Glass this work will be vital to the aesthetic of his film. In Unbroken Glass filmmaker Dinesh Sabu sets out to learn the truth about his parents' lives twenty years after their deaths. Retracing the story of his parents immigration from India, Dinesh uncovers his mother’s schizophrenia, a mental illness that perhaps ultimately led to her suicide. Continued