Film Updates for Fall 2008
## _At the Death House Door_
Reverend Carroll Pickett and _At the Death House Door_ directors Peter Gilbert and Steve James continue to travel the country (and world) speaking to audiences about the documentary. Recent screenings have included the Lake County Film Society Doc Fest, the Chesapeake Film Festival and several university appearances. This November the film will screen at the renowned International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), followed by “A conversation with Steve James.” _Death House Door_ has also been selected to the 2008 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival in Australia. The fest brings together art, music, and film from across the globe with the goal of making human rights accessible, relevant and significant to the broader Australian community.
Listen to a recent interview with Peter and Reverend Pickett on the radio program The Story.
## _In the Family_
_In the Family_ kicked off this autumn with a sold out New York City premiere screening and panel featuring Dr. David Fishman, Pat Mitchell and Tania Simoncelli on September 15th at The Paley Center for Media, presented by The Playboy Foundation, Kartemquin Films and P.O.V. The success of the screening was followed by an extraordinary broadcast on October 1st, to P.O.V.'s primetime audience of over a million viewers! _In the Family_ has been receiving critical accolades from the media – including a cover-story about filmmaker Joanna Rudnick in the Chicago Tribune Magazine, the film community – _In the Family_ was selected for inclusion in the prestigious Council on Foundations 42nd Annual Film & Video Festival, and experts in the field alike.
The _In the Family_ Official Website launched on October 1st, created by Outreach Coordinator Beckie Stocchetti and stellar web-team Dizzy Giant, with support from the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Cancer Institute, segments of the National Institutes of Health. Check out our new Resources, Forums, Screenings Map and Additional Videos at www.inthefamilyfilm.com! Our Home Video DVD is now available through the site, as well as on Amazon.com and Netflix.
The _In the Family_ team continues to receive several requests a week to attend outreach screenings and conferences. For more information on hosting an upcoming screening, or ordering a DVD, please visit www.inthefamilyfilm.com.
## _Milking the Rhino_
David E. Simpson's recent feature-length film release _Milking the Rhino_ is not to be missed on the big screen! A handful of tickets are left for the November 2nd screening, part of the Chicago Humanities Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center. Details may be found by visiting the Festival's website. Tickets $5 general public, free for educators and students.
The film received a four-star review from the Chicago Tribune just prior to its successful five-night run at the Gene Siskel Film Center in September. Read the review.
_Milking the Rhino_’s European Premiere will be at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November. The film is just one of 16 films "in competition" for the prestigious Joris Ivens Award there.
Mr. Simpson and the film's originator/co-producer, Jeannie Magill were featured on Chicago Public Radio's "Worldview". Their interview with host Jerome McDonald is available here.
_Milking the Rhino_ is slated for PBS Broadcast via the Independent Lens series in April 2009.
This film is a co-production of David E. Simpson, Kartemquin Films, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Major funding for _Milking the Rhino_ was provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Outreach funding for _Milking the Rhino_ has been provided by The Skoll Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
## _The Path of a Stone_ (New project in development)
Every sixteen minutes, someone in America takes their own life, 89 people a day, 32-thousand a year. Tens of millions more have attempted suicide—including three students in every high school classroom—and millions more are survivors, having lost a loved one to suicide. Startling as these numbers are, experts warn they may be low. Because of the stigma attached to ending one’s own life, many deaths by suicide go unreported. Simply put, suicide is a national public health crisis in the United States.
When someone ends their life, the grief felt by loved ones is unimaginable. Like a stone thrown into a pond, the ripples extend from family to friends, to the entire community of people in which the lost individual lived. For parents, compounding the emotion of grief is a sense of failure: they believe beyond all reason that they should have been able to see it coming, that they could have done more to help and most painfully, they believe that somehow the fault is theirs’ because they could not keep their child alive. For siblings, the family is never the same again. For children, the loss of a parent to suicide leaves them with a sense of guilt and abandonment. Telling the story, giving a voice to grief, is where the faintest glimmer of healing begins.
Kartemquin Films, in partnership with an extraordinary team of television executives, has undertaken to create _The Path of a Stone_ (working title) a multi-platform media campaign, centering on a feature-length documentary, to spearhead a national conversation about suicide and its prevention.
## _Prisoner of Her Past_
New since our last update, the _Prisoner of Her Past_ team is pleased to announce we have been awarded funding from the Illinois Arts Council, putting us ever closer to our final fundraising goal. Editor/Co-Producer Jerry Blumenthal, Director Gordon Quinn and Producer Howard Reich continue to plug away in the editing room, finely tuning Sonia Reich’s haunting and unforgettable story. The film is set for completion this winter. Visit the official film website for more information.
With Director/Producer Justine Nagan and Editor Liz Kaar working tirelessly over the past several weeks, _Typeface_ is at the very threshold of completion. Two sneak-preview screenings are scheduled at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis this week, Thursday, November 6th. Brisk ticket sales and immense interest in the film prompted the Walker to schedule a second screening to accommodate demand! Click here to buy tickets.
Following two Chicago benefits this past month, the _Typeface_ team has raised over $5,000 in completion funds for the film. Guests have enjoyed clips from the film and poster art from The Post Family, Pointed Press, Raven Press, Nick Sherman, April Sheridan and Dennis Ichiyama. Thanks to the many who came out in support! In case you missed the events, we will soon have the original, hand-printed poster art available for purchase on the film's official website.
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