Media

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.

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.

Continued

Saturday, November 12, 2016 4:45 pm

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA

The Association of Moving image Archivists, AMIA will be holding its annual conference in Pittsburg. Nancy McDonald and Carolyn Faber (head of Kartemquin Archives project) will be conducting a panel together with Sarah Chapman from Media Burn Archives on Saturday, November 12.

Throughout 2015 and 2016, Media Burn Archives collaborated with Kartemquin Films to create the first public access to collections of camera-original footage from KTQ’s archive. More than 200 unreleased video tapes in will be available for free public viewing on mediaburn.org by the end of 2016. It will be the first time any footage from KTQ’s 50-year archive of 18,000 items related to documentary productions will be made available to the public in any form. The panelists will discuss the rationale for prioritizing the preservation of camera-original footage and ways to engage the public with the digital access, the risk factors specific to the long-term survival of independently produced work from the videotape era, the complexities of creating and sustaining a formal archive at an active production company, as well as how to frame a mutually beneficial structure for an archive to create access to a collection held by an outside organization.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

2016
88 minutes
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.
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