The Illinois Arts Council has awarded Kartemquin Educational Films a grant of $14,270.00 from State funds for support of the feature length documentary: Milking the Rhino...and Other Tales of Community Conservation. Each Kartemquin project employs and hopes to inspire a variety of Illinois artists. Our films succeed because of the collaborative efforts of local directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, musicians, graphic designers and many talented others.
A new DVD which contains 88 minutes of rough-cut material is now finished. The disk is comprised of 11 stand-alone scenes from Namibia and Kenya as well as a short demo for the film. Director David E. Simpson edited the material with assistance from Associate Producer Aaron Wickenden. Kartemquin’s Jim Morrissette authored the disk and Dan Sharkey, formally of gripdesign, created beautiful packaging.
On Sunday, May 21, 2006 a fundraiser for Milking the Rhino...and Other Tales of Community Conservation was held at Gabriel’s Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thirty-two artists from the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, Africa, and the island of Mauritius donated over 60 pieces of original artwork and crafts to the event.
After a successful production trip to Namibia and Kenya, Milking the Rhino...and Other Tales of Community Conservation is now three-quarters of the way to being "in-the-can." 67 hours of HighDef footage (Panasonic Varicam, 16×) was shot by cameraman Jason Longo, and sound person Rich Pooler. The crew was led by director David E. Simpson and producer Jeannie Magill, who are now preparing to edit a rough cut of this material.
Kartemquin Films recently received support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation to assist with the creation of The New Americans DVD with an added Spanish language track. Kartemquin is in the process of beginning work on the DVD and this grant will be central to moving the project forward.
For the 3rd consecutive year, Kartemquin films are screening at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. The details:
Taylor Chain I (Quinn, Blumenthal; 1981)
Thursday, February 16, 2006, 11:00am
Single Screening Tickets $6
Shulie (Blumenthal; 1967)
Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 8:15pm
Single Screening Tickets $7