America to Me premieres to sold-out crowds in Oak Park, Chicago

Audiences turned out in droves for two special preview screenings this week of the upcoming docu-series America to Me by Steve James. The series airs on Starz beginning August 26, 9PM CST. The epic 10-part series follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago's Oak Park and River Forest High School, one of the country's most exemplary and diverse public schools, over the course of a year as they grapple with decades-long racial and educational inequities – in addition to the challenges that today's teenagers face. The first-ever public screening in Oak Park of episodes one and two of the series took place on Monday, August 13th at the Lake Theatre, and was presented by Kartemquin Films, Participant Media, Starz, and Oak Park and River Forest High School. All 500-plus free tickets to the event were reserved in less than an hour. Continued

Represent earns Fork Films grant, heads to IFP Project Forum in September

Kartemquin is thrilled to share Represent, the debut feature from director Hillary Bachelder, this past week earned both a grant from Fork Films and was selected to participate in IFP's Project Forum. Represent follows three first-time female candidates in the Midwest risking their careers, reputations, and the well-being of their loved ones to run for political office. Chosen from over 500 applicants, Represent is one of 16 documentaries chosen to receive a grant from Fork Films, the New York-based production company founded by Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker. Read about the granting in Deadline. Continued

WATCH the trailer for Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order

The official trailer for Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order is HERE! The docu-series, directed by Ruth Leitman, follows the Lady Parts Justice league – led by The Daily Show's co-creator Lizz Winstead – as it barnstorms the country with a boots-on-the-ground strategy to support abortion providers and reproductive rights, using comedy as the ultimate weapon to mobilize voters towards the 2018 elections. Watch the official trailer Continued

MNFF honors Steve James with Sustained Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award

Acclaimed director Steve James will receive Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival's 'Sustained Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award' on the closing night of the fest at 6:30PM on August 26. The fest will also screen James' 2018 Academy Award-nominated film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the first two episodes of James' upcoming Starz-acquired series America to Me, and Bing Liu's Minding the Gap (executive produced by James). Screenings: Saturday, August 25 7:15PM - Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Sunday, August 26 1PM - America to Me Sunday, August 26 4PM - Minding the Gap Continued

Keep Talking now available through PBS Plus: watch the film today!

Keep Talking, the award-winning debut feature documentary from director Karen Lynn Weinberg, is now available to view on select local PBS stations through PBS Plus. The film, and all 8 bonus never-before-seen clips, is also available to view on the PBS App! PBS Plus is a syndicated programming service for public television stations. Viewers can access Keep Talking by checking their local PBS listings, or by submitting a request to their local station for Keep Talking. Continued

WATCH the trailer for America to Me; premieres on Starz August 26

Kartemquin is thrilled to share America to Me, which will make its US television premiere August 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Starz. The 10-part docu-series is created by Emmy® Award-winning and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) and produced by Kartemquin Films and Participant Media. Variety released the official trailer for the series this morning. You can also read about the series and view the trailer in the Chicago Tribune. Continued