Terra Incognita wins again

At an awards ceremony in Chicago on Sunday, Kartemquin's stem cell doc, Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, was awarded a Gold Hugo called "The Chicago Award" by the Chicago International Film Festival. Festival Competitions Coordinator Phil Bajorat explained the accolade, "As part of the Chicago International Film Festival’s special section focusing on local filmmakers, the Chicago Award is presented to a Chicago or Illinois artist for the best feature film, short film, or documentary. The Chicago Award applauds and celebrates the tireless efforts of regional talents who are devotees to the art of cinema and for their contributions to the medium." Director Maria Finitzo was at the ceremony to accept the award. Continued

Kartemquin in the community

Justine Nagan will represent Kartemquin at this year's NAMAC conference in Austin, TX this week. The bi-annual conference brings together film, video and multimedia arts organizations for several days of panels, discussions and meetings on current events and trends in the industry. Justine also represented Kartemquin this past Monday at a small gathering of Chicago women for a discussion on documentary and activism sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media. Continued

Simpson in Session

Kartemquin Filmmaker, David E. Simpson, participated in the ITVS session during day 3 of the IFP Chicago Midwest Filmmaker Summit on Sunday. Simpson sat with Naomi Walker from ITVS and discussed his related experiences on his past film Refrigerator Mothers, and with his current ITVS funded doc-in-progress, Milking the Rhino. Naomi Walker is also presenting Kartemquin's Terra Incognita as a part of the Independent Lens' Community Cinema program in Chicago on December 15th. Continued