Ravinia profiled the creative process behind the editing of Kartemquin's upcoming film A Good Man in their magazine recently. The fascinating article offers great insight into how editor David E. Simpson has constructed a story from over 200 hours of raw footage documenting choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a dance-theatre performance at Ravinia on the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
Kartemquin would like to congratulate Bill T. Jones, subject of our upcoming film A Good Man, on being named as a 2010 Kennedy Center Honoree. The prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals who have made worthy lifetime contributions to arts and culture by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Center's Chairman David M. Rubenstein stated: "the inventive style and imaginative artistry of Bill T.
Mark your calendars for November 14 2010, when the Chicago Humanities Festival will host the first public preview of A Good Man. Kartemquin's upcoming 2011 film is about choreographer Bill T Jones' creation of Fondly do we hope... Fervently do we pray for performance at the 2009 Ravinia Festival. The film is a co-production with Media Process Group, ITVS, Americans Masters and Ravinia.
Check out the new video on the Kartemquin YouTube channel of David E. Simpson discussing his editing philosophy with Kartemquin interns and showing exclusive clips from our in-progress documentary A Good Man, about the award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones and his attempt to translate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln into modern dance.
As part of our commitment to nurturing the next generation of documentary filmmakers, Kartemquin runs a respected internship program, featuring weekly educational workshops in which staff members and associates share their wisdom and experiences of working in the industry with the interns. We're also giving them the chance to cut their teeth on some of our web videos: this video of the workshop was filmed and edited by Spring '10 intern Lesley Onstott, who we think did a great job.
A Good Man will air on PBS' "American Masters" in 2011, and is a co-production with Media Process Group and Ravinia.
Kartemquin is delighted to have received funding for two in-progress films - A Good Man and The Interrupters - in the most recent round of funding from ITVS (The Independent Television Service). Read about the funding on the ITVS website. Kartemquin would like to congratulate all our partners on these two projects, which will both be completed in 2011.
In advance of tomorrow night's world premiere of "Fondly Do We Hope, Fervently Do We Pray" at Ravinia, TimeOutChicago published a short article on their experience of watching this landmark event being created back in May of this year. The Chicago Sun-Times' Hedy Weiss also today published an article featuring comments from Bill T. Jones and Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn.
Excitement is escalating for the world premiere of acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones' "Fondly Do We Hope, Fervently Do We Pray" next week at Ravinia. The performances, on September 17th and 19th, mark the culmination of Ravinia's year-long celebration of Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial.