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.
Ahead of our 50th anniversary celebration on June 24th at the Harris Theater Rooftop, we open our archives to the Chicago public with the exhibition “Kartemquin Films 1966-2016: Democracy through Documentary” opening on May 21st and running through August 20th at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60601).
Kartemquin Films, the International Documentary Association and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events host the first ever IDA Conversation Series event in Chicago, an exploration of the extraordinary work and career of the Academy Award® nominated director Steve James (director of Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself and more). James will speak about the theme of “Craft” and storytelling techniques in a career retrospective with Adam Kempenaar, host of the weekly film podcast/WBEZ radio show Filmspotting, showing clips from several films including exclusive sneak previews of new works-in-progress.
This conversation is part of Kartemquin Films' celebration of 50 years of democracy through documentary and 50 years of filmmaking in Chicago. A full list of the events can be found here, leading up to the #KTQ50 Birthday Party on the Harris Theater rooftop on June 24th: www.ktq50.org/calendar
The 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival begins this week, with Steve James being honored as the 2016 Hot Docs Outstanding Career Achievement Award Winner.