Pierogifest preview for Almost There Kickstarter Backers

Our new documentary, Almost There, will host a special sneak preview screening in Whiting, Indiana on July 26 as part of a recently launched Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Directed and Produced by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, the feature documentary is a ' coming-of-(old)age story' about Peter Anton, an 82-year-old “outsider” artist living in at-risk conditions who befriends two filmmakers and causes controversy when an incident from his past is revealed on the eve of his first major public exhibition. Continued

See previews of our new work at The Post Family's Comfort Station residency

At 7pm on March 12, Kartemquin filmmakers will show clips of new films and invite discussion with the audience as part of The Post Family's curatorial residency at Comfort Station, a multi-disciplinary art space situated in in the heart of Logan Square, Chicago. The audience at this free event will be able to see sneak peeks and discuss these new films - all yet to premiere in Chicago - with the filmmakers and Kartemquin's executive director Justine Nagan and director of communications and distribution Tim Horsburgh. The featured films are: Almost There, presented by co-director Dan Rybicky. The Homestretch, presented by editor Leslie Simmer. Continued

Get advice on crowdfunding and interactive storytelling from KTQ filmmakers and staff

Chicago Filmmakers is offering three free workshops this March featuring "local industry leaders in association with the 2014 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund." A bevy of Kartemquin staff, producers and KTQ Labs graduates will be offering advice at the sessions. Check out the details, presenters and featured films below: NET VIRALITY: Getting It Seen Sunday, March 2nd // 11AM - 2PM Continued

IDFA schedules set for 3 Kartemquin Films

IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the world's largest documentary film festival, is just one week away. We are honored to have three films at the festival, and have compiled the full schedules for each film below. Usama Alshaibi's American Arab will have its World Premiere at IDFA; Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's Almost There has been selected to deliver a Central Pitch at the 2013 IDFA Forum; and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, directed by Bill Siegel, will have its European Premiere at IDFA. Continued

DCASE awards funds to Unbroken Glass & Almost There filmmakers

Two Kartemquin filmmakers have been awarded individual artist program grants by the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Both grants are for $4,000 each. Dinesh Sabu received funding for Unbroken Glass, his debut documentary. He will use the funds to continue working towards and assembly edit with editor Matt Lauterbach. "It's an honor to be one of the artists the City of Chicago has chosen to support," said Dinesh. You should also read his latest blog on the the process and perceptions of making a "personal documentary." Continued

#DocYourWorld unites Chicago documentary community

Over 60 documentary makers across the fields of journalism, film, radio, and the web will present at #DocYourWorld, a 3-day Chicago symposium on all things documentary. Kartemquin filmmaker and Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Dan Rybicky (Almost There) created the conference, which features many of our films and filmmakers, including an exclusive sneak preview of clips from The Trials of Muhammad Ali. #DocYourWorld runs from April 16-18 at Columbia College Chicago and is free and open to the public. Kartemquin-related highlights include: Continued

KTQ Labs Spring Showcase Video now online

It's finally here! The compilation video of our KTQ Labs Spring Showcase is now on the web, edited by KTQ sumer '12 intern Hillary Bachelder. Whether you made it or missed it, check out a few teaser clips from the four in-progress films featured at #KTQLabs and hear some of the feedback from our sold-out audience at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Please share, let us know what you think, and be sure to stay involved with the projects: Living Revolution; Almost There; Unbroken Glass and The Trials of Muhammad Ali. They still need your support! Continued