In case you missed a couple of emails, posts, or general shouting from the rooftops, we are turning 50 years old this year. To celebrate our birthday, Kartemquin Films has done a small takeover of venues, event, and newspapers, to raise awareness of this milestone and to give back to both the Chicago and film community at large.
From stories of fighting for civil rights in the 1960s to a closer look at what it means to be a shoe shiner; from a profile of an exiled Iranian film professor to a discussion of adoption in Korea, this year’s Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) graduating fellows explored a wide variety of topics through their films. Now, the community is gearing up for a celebration and viewing of their accomplishments.
Kartremquin's Tim Horsburgh will be on the following panel at Social Media Week Chicago, presenting marketing and distribution information and case studies from Kartemquin films. Registration is free.
Globalization, Cambodia & Social Issue Film: Harnessing the power of social media to unite and engage audiences
Premiering in 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival, ‘A River Changes Course’ is a feature documentary that explores the human and environmental impacts of rapid globalization. The film was directed by Kalyanee Mam, herself the product of the post-Khmer Rouge diaspora.
Launching a social action campaign in mid-2013, Kalyanee’s goal is connect audiences, and engage them in a dialogue about sustainability. The film has found a home within the Khmer-American community; by leveraging an enthusiastic Facebook following, the film has inspired screening hosts, donors, and viewers alike.
Using insights from the campaign, we’ll explore and discuss the power of tools like Facebook to unite community, promote independent film, and spread awareness about global issues. We’ll talk to campaign partners and donors, trace how and why they got involved, and what they’re doing to engage a larger audience.
Participants will take away knowledge about how to identify audience, leverage limited resources, and engage followers. We’ll talk about building community – both online and offline – and how to leverage that community to create lasting social change.
Kalyanee Mam, Director & Producer, A River Changes Course. Migrant Films LLC
Tim Horsburgh, Director of Communications and Programs, Kartemquin Films
When director/producer Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz set out to make The Interrupters, their hope was to change the conversation around violence. As James said back in February, “we hope the film will play some role in communities-in-need and [The Interrupters] will be part of the solution to these issues.” The Mayors of Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Toronto are among the civic leaders who are now working with Kartemquin to make this a reality.
Kartemquin will have a booth at the Chicago Creative Expo. Come say hello to us and grab information about our upcoming releases, find about different ways to work with us, and see some segments from our films.
The Creative Chicago Expo is a free, day-long event that connects Chicago's creative community—including individual artists, businesses, and organizations—with services, spaces, information, and networks. More than 130 vendors will participate in this year's Expo, including arts services, community organizations, arts educators, space and housing providers, health care and financial consultants, and more. And it's free! Get more information.