Human Rights

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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Monday, April 1, 2013 12:00 am

Kartemquin Films’ ’63 Boycott chronicles the Chicago Public School Boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed mobile school units on playgrounds and parking lots as a “permanent solution” to overcrowding in black schools. This website and companion film will feature then and now interviews with organizers and participants of the boycott, including unreleased 16mm footage of Freedom Schools, empty classrooms, and marchers converging downtown outside of the Board of Education. The project will offer a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later as it reconnects the participants to each other and the event itself. If you participated in this protest, please contact us. Take a moment to browse our Photo Gallery page; if you see yourself, or anybody you know, please leave contact information on the picture. We want to hear your story. Regardless, please sign up for our mailing list to get news about this exciting project!

TriBeCa World Premiere for The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Kartemquin's next documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali will world premiere with two screenings at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival this April.

Directed by Oscar-nominee Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground), the film looks at Muhammad Ali's lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trials traces Ali’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. At each stage, the challenges Ali faces go far beyond the boxing ring and ultimately encompass issues of power, race, faith and identity that confront us all.

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Judith Helfand's Cooked receives MacArthur Funding

We are delighted to announce some very good news for our in-progress documentary Cooked. The film has received a post-production grant of $120,000 from the MacArthur Foundation. The funds will allow the Cooked team of Producer/Director Judith Helfand, Co-Producer Fenell Doremus and Editor David E. Simpson to keep the editing room stoked, fired up and literally cooking - as their rough-cut gets fine and their fine-cut gets done.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013 8:30 pm

Design Indaba Film Fest 2013
50 Canterbury Street
Cape Town,

The 2013 Design Indaba FilmFest screens from 17 February to 3 March 2013, bringing Cape Town audiences a sterling selection of design premieres. Forming part of the preamble to the annual Design Indaba Conference and Expo, the FilmFest allows creative enthusiasts access to affordable, inspirational feature films and documentaries.

Daily screenings at 20:30. Doors open at 19:30. Tickets available online and at the door. Please note the rooftop only has stair access so it is unfortunately not wheelchair friendly. In the case of bad weather the event will be held at an indoor venue at the same location.

A Good Man will premier on Sunday, 24 February, 2013 from 20:30 to 22:30.

For more information and ticket purchases, visit http://www.designindaba.com/events/filmfest-2013. Follow @DIFilmFest on Twitter for regular updates.

Design Indaba Film Fest 2013
Design Indaba FilmFest is presented in association with DStv. Proudly supported by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

Take Part in '63 Boycott

Did you or someone you know participate in the 1963 Chicago School Boycott? We filmed the boycott in 1963 and are searching for participants in this historic event who are interested in sharing their stories for possible inclusion in the '63 Boycott film now in production.

'63 Boycott will feature previously unreleased 16mm footage of the event, along with then and now interviews with organizers and demonstrators who took to the streets of Chicago on October 22, 1963, (AKA "Freedom Day") protesting the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis in one of the biggest mass civil rights protests in the city's history. 63 Boycott and its companion website will provide a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later, reconnecting the participants to each other and the event itself.

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See Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap at New York’s Lincoln Center

Kartemquin’s 1984 documentary Women's Voices: The Gender Gap will screen at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on October 25, 2012. Get details here.

As the presidential election is getting closer and surveys put both candidates in a tight race, one thing has been clear: issues about women's rights have been at the forefront of many animated debates between the two ends of the political spectrum. This is nothing new.

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