WTTW celebrates 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin Films with monthly broadcasts through 2016

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning films in honor of our 50th anniversary.

The monthly series will feature films from each decade of Kartemquin’s history, including the classic Hoop Dreams (1994), which will air in June 2016, to coincide with a Kartemquin “Milestones” gala celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center and Harris Theater on June 24, and an art exhibition running May-August at Expo 72.

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Kartemquin Films announces 50th Anniversary plans and new funding for 2016

MacArthur Foundation and Sage Foundation to each provide $500,000 in support over next two years

Special events to be held in partnership with the City of Chicago

Chaz Ebert is Honorary Chair of “Milestones” Gala on June 24, 2016

Chicago, IL (December 4, 2015) -- Kartemquin Films today unveiled a calendar of events and activities that will occur throughout 2016 to mark the organization’s 50th anniversary.

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IDA Interview with Gordon Quinn about Career Achievement Award

On December 5th, 2015, the International Documentary Association (IDA) will be presenting Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin founder and artistic director, with the prestigious Career Achievement Award.

In a recent interview with IDA’s Peter Kurie, Quinn reflected not only on the past five decades within Kartemquin, but also on the years preceding its founding and the experiences that ignited his passion for documentary, fair use and public media.

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Columbus College of Art and Design celebrates Steve James

Steve James will be a visiting filmmaker at the Columbus College of Art and Design in November through the Visiting Artists and Scholars Series. Three of Steve James' documentaries will be screened the first week of November for students, followed by a discussion with James on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 pm. The following Steve James documentaries will be screened Tuesday, November 3, 2015 through November 5, 2015 in the Canzani Auditorium: The Interrupters - Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.
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Happy Birthday, Hoop Dreams, and the fight for fair use

A federal judge's verdict today marked a great victory for filmmakers and fair use champions everywhere. The ruling that the lyrics to “Happy Birthday to You” are not protected by copyright has special resonance for Kartemquin, as the injustice of having to pay $5,000 to license the song in our 1994 film Hoop Dreams directly inspired our long and ongoing fight to secure the fair use rights of all filmmakers.

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