Hoop Dreams added to National Film Registry

On December 20th, the Library of Congress announced that Kartemquin Films' 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams was chosen as a part of the 2005 annual selection of 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry. This year's collection includes Miracle on 34th Street, 1906 San Francisco earthquake footage and The Sting. The registry was created in 1989 and contains 400 films, in addition to the latest selections. Hoop Dreams Executive Producer Gordon Quinn remarked, "The National Film Registry selection of Hoop Dreams is a great honor for Kartemquin. The film remains a highlight of our 40 years of filmmaking, and we're very proud that the film was nominated by the public, and chosen by the Library of Congress, to be preserved as a cultural marker of our times." Continued

Terra Incognita receives a production grant from the Black & Fuller Fund of New York

Kartemquin Films recently received a $7,500 grant from the Harry S. Black and Allon Fuller Fund for continued production on Terra Incognita. It is the first grant that Kartemquin has received from this New York institution and the funds will go toward finishing the film. The Black and Fuller Fund awards one-year grants to nonprofit organizations in New York and Chicago for projects involving health and physical disabilities. In addition, Gordon Quinn, Maria Finitzo and Justine Nagan traveled to Amsterdam to pitch Terra Incognita at the prestigious IDFA Forum this past week. Great support was shown for the project. Continued

Second KTQ Retrospective Event Tomorrow Night!

The second night of the Kartemquin Retrospective at the University of Chicago is tomorrow night, Thursday, November 3rd at 7pm at the U of C Film Studies Center at 5811 S. Ellis. The evening entitled "Health in Crisis" will include screenings of Home for Life, The Chicago Maternity Center Story, [[HSA Strike 75|film:hsa-strike-75]] and Refrigerator Mothers as well as a discussion with the filmmakers following the film excerpts. Other events for the Retrospective will take place throughout November. For more information visit here. Continued

First Kartemquin Retrospective event Thursday October 27th

The kick-off event of the Kartemquin Retrospective at the University of Chicago is Thursday, October 27th at 7pm at the Film Studies Center at 5811 S. Ellis. The evening entitled "Violence & Power" will include screenings of Thumbs Down, Hum 255, Trick Bag and The New Americans as well as a discussion with the filmmakers following the film excerpts. Other events for the Retrospective will take place throughout November. For more information visit here. Continued

Golub: Late Works to screen in New York this January

Golub:Late Works are the Catastrophes has been accepted into the New York Jewish Film Festival sponsored by The Jewish Museum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, January 11-26, 2006. The film will continue its long and successful festival run with three screenings during this festival. More details to come. The New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF) is a preeminent showcase for world cinema that investigates, records, and celebrates the Jewish experience. Founded in 1992, the annual Festival is a collaboration between The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The New York Jewish Film Festival presents a diverse exhibition of narrative features, documentaries, and short films, including world, United States, and New York premieres. Continued

5 Girls to screen at Harold Washington Library

From the Chicago Public Library's website: In conjunction with the Chicago Historical Society's Teen Chicago exhibit, the Chicago Public Library presents the following free event: Screening & Discussion: Five Girls Thursday, November 10, 2005 4-6 p.m. Harold Washington Library Video Theatre, Lower Level Ages 14-19. Corrie, Amber, HaiBinh, Aisha and Toby are the five Chicago area teens who are different from each other in every way but one: they all confront the challenges of their lives with impressive skill and success. Five Girls is a documentary which offers rare insight into the intelligence and self-awareness that many young women confidently demonstrate, but are rarely given credit for possessing. Continued

Kartemquin events at this year's Chicago Humanities Festival announced

Kartemquin Films will be involved with two events at the 2005 Chicago Humanities Festival. Sunday November 13th - Noon KARTEMQUIN FILMS: Revisiting The New Americans The New Americans tracks four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. A 40-minute excerpt of the award-winning film is followed by discussion with the filmmakers Gordon Quinn, Steve James, and Jerry Blumenthal. More information/tickets Sunday November 13th - 2:30pm HOWARD REICH, GORDON QUINN: Prisoner of Her Past Continued

Historic Kartemquin film showing this Thursday, September 8th, 6:00pm at The Gene Siskel Film Center

From The Chicago Reader: Urban Rural Wild: Chicagoland Gridded/Revised In conjunction with an exhibit of the same title opening at I Space on September 9, filmmaker Thomas Comerford curated this program of six films and videos on Chicago geography. The first film, Kartemquin Films' Now We Live on Clifton (1974) follows three young boys in gentrifying Lincoln Park; their mundane outdoor horseplay gains an acidic edge when one kid tells how "regular" families like his can't afford the newly rehabbed homes. Conrad O. Nelson's beautifully Halsted Street (1934) finds contrasts between rich and poor in the street's geography, and Brandon Doherty's The Presence of Absence (2002) makes still photos of vacant lots and decrepit buildings more haunting by animating them at various speeds. 70 min. Continued

Mark your calendar -- Kartemquin Retrospective this fall!

We are proud to announce the upcoming "Truth in Motion: A Retrospective of Kartemquin Films -- a tribute to Chicago's respected documentary film collective as they enter their 40th year." The retrospective will run at the University of Chicago from October 27 - November 12 and will include screenings, panel discussions and a Master Class. It is sponsored by The University of Chicago Human Rights Program, Franke Institute for the Humanities, The Center for Film & Media Studies and The Presidential Arts Fellowship with support from the Public Square and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More details to come! Continued