Kartemquin is passionate about documentary and democracy, and if we must fight for them, we will! We took action last month, launching a campaign on behalf of all independent docmakers to raise awareness about the fate of documentaries on PBS (read "PBS Needs Indies" below).
However, our main focus is still on making movies that inspire positive social action in our viewers. In that vein, we introduce our next release, As Goes Janesville, a co-production with 371 Productions that will hopefully spur new discussion on recent economic politics. We also hear from Refrigerator Mothers producer JJ Hanley on what that film can teach us 10 years on from its PBS premiere.
In both advocacy and filmmaking, we thrive on collaboration. That's why we're also promoting the Chicago Documentary Summit this month, and introducing a brand new event this May - the KTQ Labs Spring Showcase - in which you too can be an active part of our creative process.
We invite your feedback on shaping that event, and anything else in the newsletter. Enjoy!