J. R. Jones of the Chicago Reader wrote a compelling comparison of our 2008 film At the Death House Door, directed by Peter Gilbert and Steve James, and Into the Abyss, a new film by Werner Herzog. In "Death and Texas", Jones goes into depth about the similarities and differences in both films examine and condemn the practice of capital punishment, and even share some interview subjects.
Maria Finitzo, the Peabody Award-winning Producer and Director of Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, recently went on a pre-production trip to Bolivia with collaborators Mike Kennedy and Dr. Bill Leonard for her new Kartemquin project Encounters with the Other. The trip was full of such adventures as only documentary filmmakers could imagine, and we thought we'd give you the inside scoop!
The impact of At the Death House Door is highlighted by two very different events this week. A compelling profile of Rev. Carroll Pickett, former Prison Chaplain of the death house at "Walls" Prisoner in Huntsville, Texas, who presided over 95 executions, Peter Gilbert and Steve James' Kartemquin film for IFC has changed many people's thinking over the merits of the death penalty since it's 2008 release.
Steve James will take his acclaimed 2003 documentary Stevie to New York on July 19, 8pm for a special one-off screening and Q+A presented by Stranger Than Fiction at IFC Center. Get tickets and more information.
Increasingly recognized as a modern documentary masterpiece, Stevie has been hailed by various critics as one of the best films of the 2000s.
Kartemquin would like to offer condolences to the family of Khairiyeh Abudayyeh, who passed away on Tuesday evening. Mrs. Abudayyeh and her husband were instrumental in founding the first Arab community center in Chicago almost forty years ago and featured in the Palestinian Story segment of our award-winning 2003 PBS series The New Americans.