Kartemquin is proud to announce a collaboration with Al Jazeera America on Hard Earned, a six-part documentary series scheduled to air in early 2015. Production has already begun on the series, which will explore the lives of five American families striving to keep food on the table and their dignity intact despite the reality of high living expenses and low wages.
Kartemquin is booming with documentaries, as two new co-productions take us up to twelve films in-progress. That expands what was already a record for us, and we're immensely proud of the diverse selection of important topics they cover. The latest projects to join Kartemquin are The Homestretch and Generation Food.
Two new documentary films that were incubated in Kartemquin's KTQ Labs: Feedback Screenings program will screen in Chicago this January at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Maria Finitzo's 5 Girls, an award-winning documentary that closely follows five teenagers in Chicago as they navigate adolescence, will air on WTTW Wednesday night at 10pm.
The film originally aired on PBS' P.O.V. strand, and was praised for its depth and candor by critics, with the Boston Globe stating it revealed a portrait of teenage female life "we've seen little of in mainstream media."
Watch a new video introduction to the 2001 film from director/producer Maria Finitzo below:
This strong statement opens the new In the Game demo, released today via YouTube. Producer/Director Maria Finitzo's film takes on the legacy of Title IX, stating "in our country, who gets to play and who does not is a yardstick by which we measure how close we are to achieving the goals of a democracy."
Maria Finitzo, the Peabody Award-winning Producer and Director of Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, recently went on a pre-production trip to Bolivia with collaborators Mike Kennedy and Dr. Bill Leonard for her new Kartemquin project Encounters with the Other. The trip was full of such adventures as only documentary filmmakers could imagine, and we thought we'd give you the inside scoop!