University of Chicago

Gordon Quinn to give University of Chicago's 2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture

Gordon Quinn, founder and artistic director of Kartemquin Films, will return to his Alma Mater, the University of Chicago, to give the 2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture on June 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM, during the 2016 UChicago Alumni Weekend. Quinn will be interviewed on stage by Jacqueline Stewart, Professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the interim director (2015-16) of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry.


Friday, June 28, 2013 6:00 pm

Reva and David Logan Center
915 E 60th St
Chicago, IL

In the digital age, we are surrounded by facts and figures, instantly retrievable with a few mouse clicks. How can this abundance of information be used to tell or empower a story, and create the empathy that sparks social change? What are the ethics of engaging audiences through numbers?

In partnership with Kartemquin Films and the University of Chicago, Tribeca Film Institute presents Tribeca Hacks "Data/Docs", an intensive 3-day Hackathon that will challenge documentary makers, technologists and designers to think outside the box and immerse into data-driven storytelling. From Friday June 28 to Sunday June 30 participants will work in teams of 3-5 people to build digital assets around major forthcoming documentaries.

The work will be viewed by an esteemed audience of filmmakers, academics and industry leaders, will be showcased with an international reach by Tribeca, and set the potential for future longterm collaboration on concepts sparked by the Hack.

Participation is invite only, but we are still open to applications from technologists and programmers who would like to participate, email:

Participating Documentary projects include 4 Kartemquin projects and 4 invited projects from Chicago-based documentary makers:

  • Cooked. Director: Judith Helfand.
  • Almost There. Directors: Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden.
  • In the Game. Director: Maria Finitzo.
  • Raising Bertie. Director: Margaret Byrne.
  • How to Build A School in Haiti. Director: Jack C. Newell.
  • The Area. Director: David Schalliol.
  • Prison Terminal. Director: Edgar Barens.*
  • All the Queen's Horses. Director: Kelly Pope.

*Had to withdraw due to illness.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 6:00 pm

UChicago Booth Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL

Filmspotting co-host and executive producer Adam Kempenaar invites KTQ Artistic Director Gordon Quinn to talk cinéma vérité at the University of Chicago.


Kempenaar's seminar Point of View: Cinéma Vérité, the Documentary, and the Problem of Truth traces the evolution of the documentary form and examines the relationship between cinema and truth. Films to be screened include Nanook of the North, Don’t Look Back, The Thin Blue Line, and Kartemquin's very own Hoop Dreams.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 7:00 pm

Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
915 East 60th street
Chicago, IL

Join student filmmakers and Kartemquin staff and associates at the premiere of Hyphenated Humor, a new short documentary made by University of Chicago documentary production students in collaboration with Kartemquin Films. The screening is free and will be followed by a reception.


More details about Hyphenated Humor. Contact Logan Center for the Arts for venue details.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:00 am

University of Chicago
5730 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL

The Interrupters screens on the campus of the University of Chicago - Presented by the UC-Urban Education Program.  For details see the University of Chicago-UTEP site.  Featured interrupter, Eddie Bocanegra will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.


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