Director Usama Alshaibi will premiere exclusive clips from his in-progress Kartemquin documentary American Arab at a fundraising party for the film in Chicago on August 5th at the Stan Mansion. The event will also feature music by Black Bear Combo, Middle Eastern Food, a Cash Bar (with 1 free drink on entry), Raffle, Belly Dancing, and Henna Tattoos.
Congratulations are due to The Interrupters production team, who were yesterday announced as recipients of a production grant from the Sundance Documentary Film Program. The Sundance press release noted that the film was one of only 18 selected out of 750 applicants from 111 countries, and marked "a new resurgence of nonfiction filmmaking on the world
Check out the new video on the Kartemquin YouTube channel of David E. Simpson discussing his editing philosophy with Kartemquin interns and showing exclusive clips from our in-progress documentary A Good Man, about the award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones and his attempt to translate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln into modern dance.
As part of our commitment to nurturing the next generation of documentary filmmakers, Kartemquin runs a respected internship program, featuring weekly educational workshops in which staff members and associates share their wisdom and experiences of working in the industry with the interns. We're also giving them the chance to cut their teeth on some of our web videos: this video of the workshop was filmed and edited by Spring '10 intern Lesley Onstott, who we think did a great job.
A Good Man will air on PBS' "American Masters" in 2011, and is a co-production with Media Process Group and Ravinia.
Kartemquin is delighted to have received funding for two in-progress films - A Good Man and The Interrupters - in the most recent round of funding from ITVS (The Independent Television Service). Read about the funding on the ITVS website. Kartemquin would like to congratulate all our partners on these two projects, which will both be completed in 2011.