Empathy. Now more than ever.

Dear Friends,

As our 50th year draws to a close we are grateful for your friendship and support. These final days of 2016 have been filled with much reflection and dialogue here at Kartemquin Films–as they have been in communities around the country. In a world seemingly marked by new depths of divisiveness and intolerance, the urgency of our mission has never been clearer.


First Kartemquin Fall Festival exhibits and celebrates Chicago's diverse documentary community

Kartemquin's very first Fall Festival, in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas Chicago, spanned three days and exhibited 26 films, 62% of which were directed by filmmakers of color and 50% by women. We were thrilled to be joined by so many members of the diverse Chicago documentary community, and to share in the viewing of groundbreaking work and lively post-screening discussions.