Kartemquin receives a 2007 MacArthur Award

Dear Kartemquin friends, We are thrilled to have this opportunity to announce some wonderful and unexpected news. Kartemquin has been selected as one of eight organizations to receive the 2007 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Kartemquin will use its MacArthur Award for board and staff development, the preservation and digitization of older films, the expansion of its presence in the community, and the creation of a fellowship fund for minority filmmakers. We are honored to be in the company of such invaluable, courageous and inventive institutions from around the world. The staff at Kartemquin realizes that we would never have received this recognition without the countless filmmakers, community leaders, advisors, partners, and friends who have contributed so much to our work over the years. We share this distinction with you. Thank you, All of us at Kartemquin Films Continued

Kartemquin on WTTW

Watch WTTW's Chicago Tonight at 7pm this evening to see a discussion with Kartemquin President Gordon Quinn and Board Member Peter Gilbert about Kartemquin's current works-in-progress and their recent MacArthur Award. Then, tune-in to Chicago Tonight again tomorrow at 7pm for a discussion about Autism awareness featuring selects from Kartemquin's Refrigerator Mothers. Finally, on Friday night at 9:30pm, WTTW is re-broadcasting the award-winning film on Autism and its effect on families itself. Continued

Gordon on the Cultural Commons at MIT

Kartemquin's President, Gordon Quinn, is speaking on a panel at this weekend's international "MIT5: Creativity, Ownership and Collaboration in the Digital Age" conference in Boston. His panel will address issues of copyright, fair use and the cultural commons. Kartemquin Board Member Pat Aufderheide is also on the panel. View the full schedule here . The event is sponsored by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MIT and The Center for Social Media. Continued

You're invited to the Chicago-area premiere of Terra Incognita

Kartemquin is excited to announce details of the Chicago-area premiere of its latest documentary, Terra Incognita: The Promise and Peril of Stem Cell Research, directed by Maria Finitzo. Two local events are planned for May 10th at Thorne Auditorium in Chicago, and May 16th in Evanston. View details for the event here . Thanks to The Center for Genetic Medicine at Northwestern University and The Silverstein Lecture Series for their support of these events. Continued