Sage Foundation funds Kartemquin

Kartemquin is delighted to announce that the Sage Foundation has granted us $60,000 towards our general operations, including our programs in support of documentary makers. We were also deeply grateful for their announcement of a $10,000 matching grant at our 2013 Gala on September 20th, which was successfully matched by the attendees at the event! "We are so very grateful for the continued support of the Sage Foundation and their ongoing belief in our mission," said Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan. Continued

The Interrupters wins an Emmy!

The Interrupters won the Emmy for "Outstanding Informational Programming—Long-Form" tonight in New York City at the News and Documentary Emmys. We at Kartemquin are honored to receive this award, which is shared especially with FRONTLINE, the PBS program that broadcast the film in February 2012, and our production partners ITVS - The Independent Television Service, Rise Films, and distributors Cinema Guild and Dogwoof. Of course, a further special mention must be made to CeaseFire Illinois (Cure Violence) and Ameena Matthews, Eddie Bocanegra, Cobe Williams, Tio Hardiman and Gary Slutkin for sharing their story. Continued

Lessons from the 1963 Boycott: The Struggle for Quality Education in Chicago Then and Now

On the 50th anniversary of the 1963 school boycott, activists from then and now will talk about one of Chicago's largest civil rights marches at a screening of in-progress documentary '63 Boycott. Lessons from the 1963 Boycott: The Struggle for Quality Education in Chicago Then and Now Tuesday, October 22, 6-8p.m., Free, open to the public The DuSable Musuem of African American History: 740 East 56th Place, Chicago. Register at Continued

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a champion, say critics

A big couple of weeks start today for The Trials of Muhammad Ali - and the film has come out swinging! The film opens this weekend in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Philly, Baltimore, Pasadena, Denver, Hartford, Santa Fe, and Claremont. Within the following week, the film's director Bill Siegel will also attend special one-off screenings in New York (already SOLD OUT), Louisville (at Muhammad Ali Center), and in Chicago. The film will also open in Nashville and Portland that week, and many more dates in major cities will follow across the rest of 2013. Get more information and tickets here. A wave of buzz has built up ahead of this run of screenings, with some knockout reviews and growing word of mouth. Here's a selection of highlights: Continued

Remembering Ronn Pitts

All of us at Kartemquin are sad to learn of the passing of Ronn Pitts. A legend of the Chicago film scene who shot some of the great events of the civil rights era and inspired many young filmmakers as the first black cinema professor appointed by Columbia College Chicago, his presence will be greatly missed. Here are remembrances from Kartemquin producers who knew him well. Gordon Quinn: "Ronn was a very old friend who was beloved by the Chicago film community. One of the first people in the business I met as I was trying to become a filmmaker in the 1960's. He worked at Behrend's, an early rental house. Ronn was always generous with knowledge and support showing us how to use what we had rented. Over the years I saw him nurturing generations of aspiring filmmakers as a teacher at Columbia College." Continued

Truth, lies and personal revelations in making a first documentary

"There was and is a real moment of worry that after I make this film, what of myself will be left? What more can I hope to do, now that this story, so essential to my identity is given to the public?" Kartemquin filmmaker Dinesh Sabu is making his debut film, Unbroken Glass. A personal story about the parents he lost as a young child, immigration, and mental illness, Dinesh has been actively working on the film since he was 22. Continued