Gentrification

Monday, March 23, 2015 3:00 pm

Chicago Cultural Center - GAR Hall and Rotunda
77 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

The Indie Caucus, along with WTTW, WNET, PBS, POV, Independent Lens, and ITVS, will be in Chicago for the third and final stop in the National Listening Tour for Independent Films on PBS.

Hosted by
Kartemquin Films,
371 Productions,
Chicago Film Office, and
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Make your voice heard on the last stop of the PBS Listening Tour in Chicago. This is your chance to help set the priorities and share ideas around strengthening viewership, distribution, and community engagement of independent film.

It's our final chance to be heard. We need YOU to be there and to speak up. Please rsvp here: https://pbslisteningtourchicago.eventbrite.com

If you are in or around Chicago, please join this important conversation.

City So Real Creates Buzz at True/False Film Festival

Steve James' latest project, City So Real enjoyed its first full series premiere at the True/False Film Festival on Saturday, March 7th. After premiering its first two episodes in the Indie Episodic Program at the Sundance Film Festival in January, festival goers were treated the opportunity to watch the full series all together including a brief intermission between episodes 2 and 3. The other screenings split the series in half. 

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The School Project

2014
60 minutes
The School Project is an independent cross-platform media project committed to the idea that a healthy public education system is essential to a vital American democracy. A collaboration between a group of Chicago filmmakers, the project will create media that contextualizes and humanizes issues such as standardized testing, charter schools, privatization, and the effects of school closings to promote an informed conversation about the past, present, and future of public education in Chicago, a city on the front lines of America’s education struggles. The transmedia project and feature documentary will look at how decisions are made and their consequences as they play out in our communities. The team includes Free Spirit Media, Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, Media Process Group, Siskel/Jacobs Productions and freelancers Rachel Dickson and Melissa Sterne. Media partners include Catalyst Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, and WTTW/Channel 11.

Al Jazeera America Announces Production of Documentary Series with Kartemquin Films on Realities of Low-Income Living

Kartemquin is proud to announce a collaboration with Al Jazeera America on Hard Earned, a six-part documentary series scheduled to air in early 2015. Production has already begun on the series, which will explore the lives of five American families striving to keep food on the table and their dignity intact despite the reality of high living expenses and low wages.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 6:00 pm

Lawndale Christian Health Center
3750 W. Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL
A free screening for the community of the Unity Dinners project, a short documentary film made by Kartemquin in collaboration with Free Spirit Media, Enlace Chicago and Firehouse Community Arts Center. The Unity Dinners project saw 15 leaders and community members from Little Village and North Lawndale will sit down to dinner over a series of months as a way to break down the barriers around segregation in Chicago between the black and Latino communities. These community members vary in age, from 17 to 70 years of age, as well as education levels, and language. They enjoy a dinner prepared in a healthy way by one of the participants which reflects that participants culture. During the event the community members are engaged in presentations and conversations that seek to promote a healthy lifestyle and that creates opportunities for people to build strong relationships by examining the cultural differences and community similarities. The goal of the dinners is to develop and sustain long term relationships across neighborhoods, promote healthy habits and lifestyles, and create an example for other communities to replicate. Find out more. Zak Piper was the lead producer of the project, which included teens from Free Spirit Media as part of the production team.

Raising Bertie and Cooked Get MacArthur Foundation Documentary Grants

The MacArthur Foundation has awarded grants to nine new documentaries, including two being made at Kartemquin: Judith Helfand's Cooked and new project Raising Bertie, by Margaret Byrne. Awarded $120,000 for production, Raising Bertie is about an alternative high school in rural North Carolina with a focus on digital technology, and the challenges of preparing rural youth living in poverty to participate in the 21st Century economy. It will be director/producer Margaret Byrne's first project with Kartemquin and her feature documentary debut, after credits on Rada Film Group's American Promise and Slaying Goliath.
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