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

Milking the Rhino receives grant from MacArthur Foundation

David E. Simpson and Jeannie Magill's latest documentary, Milking the Rhino on the controversial issue of community-based conservation in Africa, has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation. David and Jeannie have just returned from a scouting trip to Africa with 30 hours of HD footage. They travelled to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. David is currently working with Himba and Maasai translators to prepare the footage for editing. A return trip is scheduled for November, 2005. Continued

In the Family begins first shoot, receives Illinois grant support

This summer In the Family launched production by filming a support group for women who tested for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer mutations. Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick, who participated in the support group, followed it up with a shoot with her family to explore their experience with testing. Currently, Joanna is working with genetic counselors to locate a woman and her family to follow through the testing process. In other news, The Illinois Humanities Council has awarded In the Family a $10,000 grant and invited Joanna to sit on the IHC's committee on genetics. The Illinois Arts Council has also shown their support of the project with a $14,000 production grant for the film. Continued