Art Shay photos now on '63 Boycott site

Images of the 1963 Chicago Public School boycott taken by legendary photographer Art Shay have no been added to the website for our in-progress transmedia documentary project '63 Boycott. A former freelance photographer for Life, Time, Sports Illustrated and more, Shay snapped countless celebrities and important moments of the 20th century. His photos of the boycott show protest leaders and regular Chicagoans flooding the streets. Head to the gallery to click and tag people you recognize in the photos, so that we can track them down and include them in the documentary. You can also view them on Facebook. Continued

The Homestretch screens for 1200 CPS staff

This August 1200 staff from Chicago Public Schools viewed a special fifteen minute selection from The Homestretch ahead of the start of the new school year - and the first Chicago run of the film. The staff were present for Homeless Liaison Training, receiving information and resources designed to help them in their work assisting the estimate 19,000+ homeless youth registered in CPS schools. Read more about the powerful impact the film had on the staff that day at the film's blog. Continued

We have a winner! The "Karte Diem"

Congratulations to Molly Woulfe for winning our signature cocktail drink naming contest! Join us next Friday to raise a glass of "the Karte Diem – for films that seize the issues of the day!" Molly has won two tickets to our gala, and you can still get your tickets here! See all the other submissions to our drink naming contest. Tickets start at $250. VIP tickets and sponsorships are available! Click here to purchase tickets! September, 5 2014 Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL Continued

Last Call For Entries: Name a Cocktail, Win #KTQGala Tickets!

Bulleit Bourbon + simple syrup + lemon juice + mint = [insert clever, Kartemquin-themed name here] Think you've got what it takes to fill in the blank? Tell us what to name our signature cocktail for this year's Kartemquin Films Gala, and you and a guest could be sipping your boozy oeuvre alongside Chicago's documentary filmmaking community on Friday, September 5th at Moonlight Studios in Chicago. Contribute your ideas on our Facebook page or on Twitter (@Kartemquin / #KTQGala), or email We'll announce our pick, and the winner of two free tickets to the gala, tomorrow, Friday the 29th, so act fast! Continued

Special Life Itself Screening to Preview Telluride Festival

A special screening of Life Itself will preview the 41st Telluride Film Festival. Director Steve James and Chaz Ebert will attend the free-to-the-public showing at the Abel Gance Open Air Theater, which begins at approximately 8:30pm tonight (Thursday August 28th). The prestigious festival officially runs from Friday August 29th - Monday September 1st. All festival passes are sold out. Contact the festival for more details. In a preview of the event, Marta Tarbell of Telluride's The Watch newspaper spoke to Steve James about his experiences making the film. Continued

KTQ Leadership to Talk Documentary at "Getting Real" Conference

Kartemquin will be well-represented this fall at Getting Real, a new conference geared toward sparking discussion about the state of the documentary industry. Our Executive Director Justine Nagan and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn will serve as panelists during the three-day event, a co-production of the International Documentary Association and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, intended to facilitate "a frank public conversation about the state of our industry that will lead to action and change." Continued

A Good Man now on Amazon Instant Video

Kartemquin and Media Process Group's acclaimed documentary A Good Man is now available on Amazon Instant Video. The film covers the acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones - recently a recipient of the National Medal of Arts - as he strives to create his most ambitious work, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln. The film is co-directed by Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn, and aired on PBS American Masters in 2011. Continued

Keep Talking joins Kartemquin

We are delighted to announce that Keep Talking is a new Kartemquin project. Directed and produced by Karen Lynn Weinberg, Keep Talking begins in the summer of 2013 in Kodiak, Alaska. When she started filming it was estimated that there are 33 fluent native speakers of the Kodiak Alutiiq language remaining. The Elder speakers share a painful past with many indigenous communities; they were brutally punished by American schoolteachers for speaking their native tongue. Continued

Name our Signature Cocktail and get 2 tickets to the #KTQGala!

Want to be a part of Kartemquin Films' 2014 Gala? Contribute your creativity and you may win two free tickets! We want to give our signature cocktail (Bulleit Bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, mint - yum!) a Kartemquin themed name, and we need your help. Contribute your ideas on our Facebook page or on Twitter (@Kartemquin / #KTQGala), or email, and the winner will get two free tickets to attend this year's gala at Moonlight Studios in Chicago on September 5th! Our thanks to event caterer Food for Thought for coming up with the delicious signature cocktail recipe. Now all it needs is a name. Go! Winners will be announced on Friday, August 29th. Continued

Tickets now on sale for The Homestretch Chicago premiere

On September 12th, the Gene Siskel Film Center will present the Chicago premiere of The Homestretch, our new documentary about homeless youth in Chicago. The film, produced and directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, will then have its theatrical premiere run for a week at the venue. Get tickets here - multiple screenings have already sold out! Shot over the course of five years with unprecedented access into the Chicago Public Schools, The Night Ministry’s The Crib emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretch follows three teens—Roque, Kasey and Anthony-- through a complex and haunting Chicago landscape of couch-hopping, emergency shelters, makeshift homes, and a school system that is struggling to cope with this crisis. In one scene, emergency shelter beds are meted out via a lottery. Continued