For the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, we celebrate our legacy in Chicago and beyond, and look forward to another 50 years of innovative and impactful work. Several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s work, and the power of documentary to inspire action. A complete listing of the year’s events will be regularly updated at www.kartemquin.com/ktq50. Join the conversation on Twitter by using #KTQ50.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 12:30 pm

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Hot docs and Canadian International Documentary Festival present Stevie a documentary that Steve James describes as “the hardest and deepest documentary he has ever made. Steve James is this year's 2016 Hot Docs Outstanding Career Achievement Award Winner and he will be at the screening.

“Like Hoop Dreams, Steve James' second feature began as an idea for a short film. Ten years after moving to Chicago to start his filmmaking career, James returned to Southern Illinois to reconnect with 26-year-old Stevie Fielding. Fielding was 11 when James, a university student at the time, was assigned to him as a Big Brother. Shortly after Fielding and James reconnect, Fielding is charged with molesting his eight-year-old cousin, and James once again becomes a surrogate brother amidst distraught family members and Stevie's troubled past and present. Addressing the ethical implications of his role within the film, James opens up the cycles of abuse that shaped his "little brother's" life, creating an emotionally devastating and morally complex story about regret and resolution.” Alexander Rogalski

Tickets are available via this link: Box Office

Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:30 pm

TIFF Bell Lighthouse
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Hot Docs presents Hoop Dreams as part of a retrospective on Steve James' career and works. Steve James is this year's 2016 Hot Docs Outstanding Career Achievement Award Winner. He will be at the screening.

Ticket information is available here. Tickets

Sunday, May 8, 2016 6:45 pm

Scotiabank Theatre 7
259 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON

Hot Docs presents At the Death House Door a moving documentary directed by Steve James. The screening is part of the 2016 Hot Docs Outstanding Career Achievement Award Winner retrospective honoring Steve James, who will be attending the screening.

“For 15 years, Carroll Pickett served as chaplain to 95 death row inmates in Huntsville, Texas. To cope with his role, he kept extensive audio journals about the men he accompanied to their final moments, believing that "no man should die alone without a friend." These recordings provide chilling and emotional insight into an act very few will ever experience. One of the men executed, Carlos De Luna, affected Pickett more than any other. Teaming up with two Chicago Tribune investigative reporters, Pickett turned up evidence that De Luna's conviction and execution may have been a deadly mistake. The details create a compelling case for De Luna's innocence, while the bigger issues around capital punishment and its morality come into focus. As he fights for justice to clear his conscience, the retired chaplain's struggles with faith become a profile of compassion and conversion. ”Alexander Rogalski

To purchase tickets, please visit Hot Docs event page: Tickets

Thursday, May 5, 2016 3:00 pm

TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

TIFF Bell Lightbox presents Steve James' Life Itself and celebrates the life and works of renowned film critic Roger Ebert. The screening is part of the 2016 Hot Docs Outstanding Career Achievement Award Winner retrospective honoring Steve James, who will be attending the screening.

“When Steve James was asked to make a documentary about one of the world's best-known film critics, it was both flattering and risky. It also presented a very serious challenge, as Roger Ebert was dying and would unfortunately never see the final film. James draws from Ebert's best-selling memoir, bringing to life Ebert's behind-the-scenes spats with Gene Siskel to his scriptwriting for B-movie king Roger Corman. The most revealing moments come from James' personal email exchanges with Ebert, who could not communicate verbally in the last years of his life. Life Itself flows between Ebert's career and his impact on contemporary cinema to his final months in hospital, watching movies and writing about them until the end. As honest, poetic and thoughtful as Ebert's reviews, James' tribute to an icon of American cinema conveys a life lived with humour, passion and conviction.” Alexander Rogalski

To purchase tickets, please visit this link.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 12:00 pm

Malcolm X College
1900 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL

Malcolm X College screens The Interrupters and a panel discussion on the film will be held afterwards. Ameena Mathews, one of the Interrupters working with Ceasefire, will attend.

The Interrupters presents unforgettable profiles in courage, as three former street
criminals in Chicago place themselves in the line of fire to protect their communities.

The two-hour film follows the lives of these “Violence Interrupters,” who include the
charismatic daughter of one of the city’s most notorious former gang leaders, the son
of a murdered father, and a man haunted by a killing he committed as a teenager. As
they intervene in disputes to prevent violence, they reveal their own inspired journeys
of struggle and redemption.

Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free.
Any questions or concerns, please contact: mhalstead@ccc.edu

Monday, March 21, 2016 7:00 pm

UNC Asheville - Karpen Hall
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC

UNC Asheville’s 15th Annual F*-Word (*F for Feminist) Film Festival on March 21 will screen Joana Rudnick's film On Beauty. A panel discussion will follow the films. 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum.

On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty.

The F*-Word Film Festival is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program. For more information contact Lori Horvitz at lhorvitz@unca.edu.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 1:45 am

Scotia Theatre Toronto
259 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON

As part of their retrospective of Outstanding Achievement Award honoree Steve James, the 2016 Hot Docs festival screens No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson.

On February 13, 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson entered a Hampton, Virginia bowling alley with several classmates. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson's young life: a quarrel soon erupted into a brawl pitting Iverson's young, black friends against a group of older white men. The fallout from the fight and the handling of the subsequent trial landed the nation's best high school athlete in jail and sharply divided the city along racial lines. Oscar nominee Steve James (Hoop Dreams) returns to his hometown of Hampton, where he once played basketball, to take a personal look at this still disputed incident and examine its impact on Iverson and the shared community.

“Commissioned by ESPN's highly regarded 30 for 30 series, James returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, to revisit the trial of another Hampton native, NBA star Allen Iverson. In 1997, when Iverson was a rising high school basketball star, he became the focal point of a criminal trial that consumed their racially divided town. An incident at a local bowling alley escalated into a racial brawl. After the investigation, only four charges were laid, all against black teens. James investigates the trial and those involved, including lawyers, judges, activists and some of the accused. Despite Iverson's aversion to taking part in this film and some subjects' hesitation to dig up the past, James confronts the history of racial divisions in his hometown, asking "when it comes to our own complicated struggles with race and class, justice and injustice, retribution and redemption, what do we want our children to see?" The result is his most personal documentary to date.” Alexander Rogalski

Find out more at https://www.hotdocs.ca.


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