Kartemquin and Chicago History

Mark your calendars for some exciting screenings this fall at the Chicago History Museum as a part of their new "Project Sunday" documentary film series. Kicking off this Chicago-themed series, is "And This is Free," on September 16th. The film is an important chronicle of Maxwell Street and the music that thrived there, by Mike Shea. Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn worked on the film. Then, on December 9th, please join us for a screening of the Kartemquin classic, The Chicago Maternity Center Story. All screenings are on Sunday afternoons and begin at 1:30pm. Continued

In the Family on the Hill

On July 25, as part of Genetics Day on the Hill, Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick traveled to Washington DC to meet with Senators, legislative aides, and other policymakers to advocate for the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which is on the verge of passing after 12 years. Learn more about GINA, and how to contact your senator about this important bill, here. The next evening, Joanna spoke and screened scenes from In the Family as the opening plenary of the 2007 Genetic Alliance National Conference. The Genetic Alliance is the leading advocacy organization for thousands living with genetic conditions. Continued

Terra Incognita hits the festivals this fall

Kartemquin is excited to announce that Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita will be a part of this year's prestigious IDFA festival in Amsterdam this November. Also, the film will have its world premiere at DOCNZ in New Zealand in September, play the Chicago International Film Festival in October, and screen at the Denver International Film Festival in November. More festivals to come! Check out a trailer for the film on youtube. Continued

Kartemquin Associate's work featured in Chicago film showcase

An early film from long-time Kartemquin associate, Peter Kuttner, will be screened as a part of the Chicago Film Archives' upcoming show entitled, "Chicago My Town: Portraits From the Margins," on September 20th and 21st. Kuttner's film, Cause Without a Rebel, was created in 1964 to inspire Northwestern students to get involved in the growing civil rights movement. The event begins at 7pm at the LaSalle Bank Cinema. Continued

Kartemquin- Waiting to Inhale

Join Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn at the Chicago premiere of the new documentary, Waiting to Inhale, Thursday September 20th, sponsored by The Public Square, The Illinois Humanities Council and Columbia College. The film explores the evolution of the medical marijuana debate. A post screening discussion, moderated by Gordon, with the filmmaker and members of both the medical and law enforcement communities will follow. Click here for details. Continued

In the Family in the field

In the Family Producer Joanna Rudnick and Associate producer Beth Iams attended the kick-off event for the Associate Board of the Chicago Center For Jewish Genetic Disorders last night. Joanna and Beth talked about the film and the potential for collaboration with the CCJGD in their efforts to educate high-risk young women about genetic testing for BRCA. Approximately 1 out of 40 individuals of Ashkenazi descent carry a BRCA mutation. More information about BRCA, and other genetic disorders prevalent in the Jewish community, can be found on the Center's website. Continued