Kartemquin Intern Debuts at Rhode Island International Fest

The Regiment, a documentary short produced and directed by former Kartemquin intern Matt Wittmer, has been chosen as an official selection of the 11th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival. It will have it's World Premiere in downtown Providence, at The University of Rhode Island's Feinstein Campus on Sunday, August 12 at 1:00 p.m. The film is the story of a small, unlikely group on a big trip. It follows veteran Civil War reenactor Robert Goldman as he struggles to unite his loose band of urban kids from Providence, Rhode Island and introduces his proteges to a history miles from their Dominican heritage. Continued

Kartemquin welcomes new Board of Directors

Kartemquin's new Board of Directors gathered last Saturday for an inaugural meeting in Chicago. Much was covered over the course of the day, including staff presentations and the year ahead. The meeting was the center of an orientation weekend including dinner at Wishbone on Friday and a brunch at the home of filmmaker Maria Finitzo and her husband, attorney Tony Valukas. Thanks to Wishbone for dinner and to The Hyde Park Art Center for hosting the Board meeting Saturday. Read an article about the new Board in Reel Chicago. Continued

Kartemquin: A subject of Cinema and Media Studies

The Society of Cinema and Media Studies held its annual conference in Chicago over the weekend. Kartemquin was the topic of two scholarly presentations. Angela Aguayo, from Eastern Illinois University, presented a paper entitled, "Radical Labor Documentary and Social Change: A Case Study in the Films of the Kartemquin Film Collective" and Judy Hoffman, a Kartemquin alum, presented "Kartemquin Films and the Making of Political Documentaries." Jerry Blumenthal also participated in the weekend conference, hosting a screening of Taylor Chain I: A Story in a Local Union, The Last Pullman Car and [[What's Happening at Local 70?|film:whats-happening-at-local-70]]. Continued