The United States Justice Department took a public stand on the issue of genetic patenting for the first time on October 29th, stating that human and other genes should not be eligible for patents because they are part of nature. The Department of Justice filed an Amicus Brief in the case against Myriad Genetics agreeing with the plaintiffs, in a move that will have major implications for the case and the issues which Kartemquin's 2008 film In the Family helped bring to worldwide attention.
At Kartemquin, we pride ourselves on the impact our films can make on audiences. Long after a film has played at festivals or on television, we hope that its quality will stand the test of time and that it will continue to move people to discuss the issues involved, and inspire them to take action no matter where they are in the world. Here are some recent examples of our documentaries stirring debate and meeting a positive response for their informed and engrossing depiction of complex subject matter.
Save the date for October 1st, when JJ's List will be hosting the Bridge Builder Benefit, their first ever fundraiser at Pinstripes in Northbrook. Founded by Kartemquin associate JJ Hanley, producer of Refrigerator Mothers, JJ's List is an on-line community resource for individuals with disabilities and their families.
The National Film Preservation Fund has awarded Kartemquin a preservation grant to restore The Chicago Maternity Center Story, a groundbreaking work from Kartemquin's 1970's collective period. We would like to thank the NFPF and our project partners Chicago Film Archives, who will house the film and provide access. Read more about the NFPF's recent grant awards.
A collaborative team from Kartemquin's In the Family, The Center for Medical Genetics at the NorthShore University HealthSystem, and The University of Chicago Hospitals will present a poster titled "Evaluating the use of film media to assist decision-making during BRCA genetic counseling" at the National Society of Genetic Counselors Adult Education Conference on October 15th 2010. Get more information.