Help Us Help Filmmakers

Since 1966, Kartemquin has dedicated itself to supporting independent documentary filmmakers with critical stories to tell. As a creative hub, we give these storytellers a home -- providing resources and guidance -- and partner with them to complete their projects with vision and integrity.


Friday, September 20, 2013 6:30 pm


Please contact Tamara Fouché ( or 773-472-4366) with any questions or to be added to a waiting list.

The Kartemquin Films Board, Staff and 2013 Gala Host Committee invite you to join us for our annual fundraising gala in celebration of collaborative documentaries that spark democracy.

KTQ 2013 Gala

Friday, September 20

VIP Reception 5:30-6:30 PM

Includes access to an intimate social gathering with Kartemquin’s board and esteemed filmmakers, plus main gala ticket

Gala 6:30-9:30 PM

The Kartemquin 2013 Gala will unite Chicago changemakers who believe in the power of independent media, for wonderful food and drink, stimulating conversation, and unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline, the lake, and Millennium Park.


I cannot attend but would like to contribute  

The gala will feature exclusive sneak preview of Life Itself, our forthcoming film about Roger Ebert, presented in person by director Steve James. Also showing will be sneak previews of many of our other upcoming works-in-progress.

Please contact Tamara Fouché ( or 773-472-4366) with any questions.



A private Chicago home with spectacular views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan
(Full address to be revealed to attendees only. Details will be sent to you upon receipt of your reservation)


Business Casual

Gala Host Committee*

Marjorie Craig Benton and Charles Benton
Steve Cohen
Maya Friedler
Melissa Sage Fadim and Jamey Fadim
Dirk Johnson and Christie Hefner
Dorothy Mackevich Marks
Martin Ozinga IV and Amy Ozinga
Robin Robinson
Jane M. Saks and Emma Ruby-Sachs
William Schopf
Joe and Jennifer Shanahan
Howard Tullman

*In formation.


Kartemquin Board of Directors

Adrianne Furniss, Board Chair
Yvonne Afable
Patricia Aufderheide
Ed Bachrach
Margaret Caples
Eric Conley
Stuart Fagan
Maria Finitzo
Susan Gzesh
Preston Pugh
Gordon Quinn
Adam Singer
Jason Stephens


A personal note from Justine Nagan

A few days ago I sent out a personal note to a small group of my family and friends asking them to include Kartemquin in their end of year giving. Then yesterday I turned my attention to our formal appeal. One of my trusted colleagues came into my office and suggested pitching the formal appeal and instead sending out my personal note more widely. He felt it was truthful, and from the heart and that it really conveyed the passion behind what we do. I hope it resonates with you too...

Hi all,


With a lot of help from our friends

We did it! Thank you to all the Kartemquin supporters who donated at the end of 2011, our 45th anniversary year, to help us in a our bid to raise $10,000 to match a challenge grant from a generous individual and the Cardiff Fund. We were successful and raised a total of $12,785, which will now be doubled as result. The funds will go towards our continued operation: making films, making filmmakers, and making a difference!


We would like to express our utmost gratitude to the following donors:



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