Saturday, April 20, 2013 3:00 pm

Experimental Station
6100 South Blackstone Avenue
Chicago, IL
The Illinois Humanities Council hosts a discussion on how youth are taking action via media spaces to organize and amplify their voices in their daily lives, and to explore the possibilities of transforming the lives of young people through new media technologies. L. Anton Seals Jr. outreach specialist for The Interrupters will attend to discuss and demonstrate the new website: is a transmedia project that uses story, education and collaboration as a way to connect and heal communities impacted by violence. The discussion will be moderated by: Claudia Garcia-Rojas, social media fellow at The OpEd Project and will also feature: Cathy Cohen, founder of the Black Youth Project and principal researcher of the Youth & Participatory Politics Survey Project Biko Baker, Executive Director of the League of Young Voters Malcolm London, poet and teaching artist at Young Chicago Authors Martin Macias, media activist and youth organizer at Chicago Fair Trade Charity Tolliver, organizer with Black on Both Sides The event is free to the public, reservations required. Click here for more information or to make a reservation. This series is made possible in part by the generous support of the McCormick Foundation's journalism program. Presented by The Public Square, Black Youth Project, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, Chicago Votes, and WBEZ/Chicago Public Media. Community co-sponsors include: Community Media Workshop, Chicago Youth Voices Network, Free Spirit Media, Kartemquin Films, and Young Chicago Authors.

An outpouring of love for Roger Ebert as he announces "a leave of presence"

UPDATE: We are all devastated to learn of Roger Ebert's death. Please bear with us as we process the shattering loss of our friend. Our statement on his passing can be found here. The page and storify below has been left unedited to reflect our feelings of celebration and kindness in the moments before his death.

To see remembrances following his passing, read our updated Storify: Fans react to Roger Ebert's death.


Friday, April 5, 2013 4:00 pm

Allan Rosenfield Building - 8th Floor Auditorium
722 West 168th St.
New York, NY
As part of their Public Health Film Series, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health will hold a panel discussion following a screening of The Interrupters. Perri Peltz is moderating the panel. Panelists include: The Interrupters' Ameena Matthews Lisa Metsch, PhD Cure Violence founder Gary Slutkin, MD Dean Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH The event is open to the Columbia Community. Click here for more info or to R.S.V.P.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:00 am

Kartemquin is proud to announce the DVD re-release of classic documentary When Billy Broke His Head... and Other Tales of Wonder, an acclaimed early film from veteran KTQ Associate David E. Simpson and Billy Golfus.

The winner of 1995 Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award and a 1996 duPont-Columbia Award Winner, When Billy Broke His Head is an entertaining, irreverent road movie about disability, civil rights, and the search for intelligent life after brain damage. Following a traffic-accident, journalist Billy Golfus woke from a coma to find himself head-injured, hemiplegic and dependent on others. When Billy Broke His Head... tells of Golfus’ struggle to make a new life for himself in the face of pervasive discrimination and bureaucratic “helping systems.” Accompanied by filmmaker David E. Simpson, Golfus travels the country encountering disabled people of all stripes, and witnessing the strength and anger that has forged a civil rights movement for disabled Americans. Laced with humor and biting wit, When Billy Broke His Head... is a widely acclaimed, groundbreaking film about disability culture; a no holds barred, first-person account that refuses to tell the “inspirational” stories we have come to expect from films about people with disabilities.

“This ain’t exactly your inspirational cripple story.” -- Billy Golfus

When Billy Broke His Head... and Other Tales of Wonder was funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


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