May 3: Hard Earned presents America's working-class heroes

Hard Earned, an original new six-part documentary series produced by Kartemquin Films, will begin airing Sunday, May 3rd at 10 pm ET/7pm PT as part of Al Jazeera America's documentary series Al Jazeera America Presents. Ahead of the broadcast premiere, two of the shows stars - Emilia Stancati, and De'Jaun "DJ" Jackson - and two directors - Maria Finitzo and Ruth Leitman - appeared on Fox's Good Day Chicago morning show to discuss the series. Continued

Kartemquin announces further investment in archival preservation

Collected from almost 50 years of documentary filmmaking, Kartemquin's production archives contain over 19,000 elements, comprising film reels, video tapes, hard drives, and more. Thanks to a new grant from the Reva and David Logan Foundation, we are now paying special attention to the latest works from the digital era: ensuring the preservation of an estimated 400TB (terabytes) of unique data on the drives that are spread throughout our building. Continued

RSVP for Unchartered Territory, episode five of the The School Project

What's the future of Charter Schools in Chicago? The School Project, a collaboratively-made transmedia documentary series about public education, will explore this question in its fifth episode. UnChartered Territory, at the Chicago Cultural Center at 2pm on April 25th. RSVP to attend this free event. This 10-minute film examines issues such as the growing trend toward privatization of public schools, the idea of ‘choice’ and how it affects the system, and the role of innovation in charter schools. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with community leaders, educators, and education experts. The segment will launch simultaneously on the interactive website http://www.schoolprojectfilm.com. Continued

Almost There Wins Special Jury Prize at Sarasota

The 2015 Sarasota Film Festival judges have awarded a Special Jury Prize for "complex hands-on storytelling" to Almost There. This is the second festival award for Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's film, about their discovery and complicated curation and caretaking of elderly "outsider" artist Peter Anton. It won an Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Geneva Film Festival, and was also a Jury Award Finalist at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in March 2015. The film next screens at the Arizona Film Festival on April 24th, and has also been confirmed to return to Sebastopol on June 27th as a "Best of the Fest" selection. Get more details. Expect more festival announcements very soon. Continued

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