Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal honored at local annual benefit

Last night, the Southwest Youth Collaborative honored Gordon and Jerry for the power of their films in the community at an event at the Hot House. The Southwest Youth Collaborative is a joint venture of South/Southwest side Chicago youth and neighborhood organizations who together work with children and teens from "diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds to unleash their potential to become successful and actively contributing members of society." Continued

Production on In the Family continues

In the Family spent the last week of June filming in Washington DC. On June 27, Joanna presented a sample of the film to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This panel of government officials, researchers, and experts advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on genetic policy. Two days later, Joanna spoke and showed the sample in a policy briefing on Capitol Hill concerning the passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). We also interviewed Congresswomen Judy Biggert (R-IL), the Bill’s lead sponsor, for the film. You can find out more about GINA and the efforts to pass the Bill here. Continued

Kartemquin Producer Peter Gilbert Keynote Speaker

Peter Gilbert gave the keynote address at the annual luncheon for The Emergency Fund in Chicago this afternoon. Additionally, Peter screened a short video project, edited by Leslie Simmer, that Kartemquin created for The Emergency Fund to help promote the important work that they do. The Emergency Fund is a Chicago non-profit that works with other local agencies to provide necessary assistance to help low-income individuals and families through a crisis or transition. Continued

Refrigerator Mothers screening

Refrigerator Mothers will be screened at the first annual Staten Island Film Festival taking place June 1-4, 2006 in Staten Island. A special screening of Refrigerator Mothers will be held for members of the Eden II Programs. Established in 1978, Eden II provides children with autism and their families specialized community-based programs and other opportunities with the goal of enabling them to achieve the highest quality of life. More information Continued