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:

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

Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:00 pm

Nationwide, USA,

Join for a live panel discussion of Hillary Bachelder's new acclaimed documentary Represent on Thursday, August 20 at 8pm CT.

Joined by Hillary will be subject and candidate from Illinois Julie Cho along with her campaign manager (also featured in the film), Bobby Burns. The discussion will be moderated by Stevie Valles, Executive Director of Chicago Votes!

RSVP here for a private Zoom link, which will be emailed to attendees on Thursday.

Watch Represent virtually through the Music Box Theatre.

For those outside of Chicago who would like to watch and attend, find a screening link for a theater near you.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 11:00 am

Nationwide, USA,

Hillary Bachelder, director of Represent is a featured panelist at IFP's Documenting Generations of Changemakers presented by HBO Documentary Films. The panel will be moderated by Kartemquin Board Chair Pamela Sherrod Anderson.


In the summer of 2020, activism has returned to the center stage as young people have taken to the streets to stand up for their beliefs with the intent to create change in our society. Join us for a conversation with the filmmakers of Boys State, Crip Camp, Represent, and Us Kids who will discuss their process of documenting young activists looking to change societal issues as well as the various points of view in which these stories come to life. 

Moderated by Pamela Sherrod Anderson

Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (non-members)

Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:30 pm


Unapologetic, the feature debut of Ashley O’Shay and producer Morgan Elise Johnson will have its premiere on opening night at the BlackStar Film Festival, Thursday, August 20th at 7:30 ET/6:30 CT.

The BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and global communities of color—showcasing films by Black, Brown, and Indigenous people from around the world.


For more information on tickets, passes, and the full lineup, visit here


After two Black Chicagoans are killed, millennial organizers challenge an administration complicit in state violence against its residents. Told through the lens of Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionist leaders, Unapologetic is a deep look into the Movement for Black Lives, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Friday, May 8, 2020 5:00 am

Celebrate May with your favorite nuns! Inquiring Nuns is now streaming as part of the Le Joli Maysles Series.

Tickets: $10 for 72 hour rental

Le Joli Maysles is a celebration of the beautiful month of May at Maysles Cinema. This series summons its name from Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's, Le Joli Mai (1963), a portrait of Paris just after the ceasefire between France and Algeria. This seminal documentary, with its on-the-street interview and reflections on happinesses, itself harks back to Chronicle of a Summer (1961), in which Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin took the streets of Paris to ask people the blunt (and sometimes confrontational) question, "are you happy?". These films capture the truths and fictions generated between filmmaker and film subject, and situate personal wellbeing within a larger web of political struggle and collective consciousness.

Le Joli Maysles looks at the lineages of Le Joli Mai and Chronicle of a Summer in a wide range of repertory and new release documentaries. The filmmakers in this series (including but not limited to: Mark Street, Brett Story, Gordon Quinn) contemplate issues of labor, bodily autonomy, personal safety, impending crisis, rising temperatures, and the passage of time. Sometimes tributing Marker and Rouch and sometimes challenging them, these filmmakers connect the lives of individual people with their complex social, political, and economic environments. They take a hard and thoughtful look at the present moment-actual people and their collective memories, anxieties, and desires-while gesturing toward an endlessly uncertain future.

Kartemquin Films Teams with Hulu on Accelerator Program for Filmmakers of Color

Today at the Sundance Film Festival Kartemquin Films and Hulu announced a two-year partnership that will offer an unprecedented opportunity for alumni of Kartemquin’s acclaimed Filmmaker Development Programs. Combining Kartemquin’s expertise in nurturing emerging, diverse midwest-based filmmakers and projects with Hulu’s groundbreaking support of original documentaries, the Hulu / Kartemquin Accelerator program will launch in March 2020.

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