"Kartemquin at its Best" - In the Game opens in Chicago

On Saturday, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago will host the U.S. premiere of In the Game, a new documentary film by Peabody award-winning filmmaker Maria Finitzo (5 Girls and Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita). There are still tickets available for select showings across this premiere run, during which Maria Finitzo will attend several screenings alongside the film's participants. Grab your tickets here: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/inthegame. Ahead of the opening, early reviews have been effusive in their praise, placing it among our strongest works. Continued

In The Game to US premiere at Chicago's Siskel Center

Kartemquin is thrilled to announce the U.S. premiere of In the Game, a new documentary film by Peabody award-winning filmmaker, Maria Finitzo (5 Girls and Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita). Through the stories of a Hispanic girls soccer team at Kelly High School in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood, In the Game illustrates the enormous challenges facing inner-city girls in their quest for higher education and, most importantly, success in life. Continued

In the Game to world premiere at Madrid International Film Festival

We're delighted to announce that our new film In The Game will world premiere this July as an official selection of the Madrid International Film Festival. The film is in competition at the festival, and is nominated for several awards: Maria Finitzo for Best Documentary Director, Peter Gilbert for Cinematography, Katerina Simic for editing, and Gordon Quinn for producing. Awards will be announced during the festival. We'll also update with exact screening times and more details when the festival announces them. Continued

Athena Film Festival to host In the Game sneak preview

We're excited to announce that two-time Peabody award-winning director Maria Finitzo's new film In the Game is almost complete, and will be hitting festivals in 2015. Ahead of its official world premiere later this year, Maria will be present as Athena Film Festival hosts a special public work-in-progress screening at 3pm on Saturday, February 7th in New York City. This Athena Film Festival Work-in--progress screening is FREE to the public, however a ticket is required for entry. Buy tickets here: Adult | Student. Continued

Farewell 2014; Hello 2015!

A record-breaking year for Kartemquin saw six of our documentary projects have world premieres in 2014: Life Itself at Sundance Film Festival in January. The Homestretch at Hot Docs in April. On Beauty at Chicago International Film Festival in October. The School Project simultaneously on the web, TV and with a live event at Chicago History Museum in October. Almost There at DOC NYC in November. Saving Mes Aynak at IDFA in November. Continued

KTQ producers star in 2014 New City Film 50

Chicago's New City magazine has published it's 2014 list of Chicago's "Screen Gems" - an annual list of the top 50 film artists in the city - and for the second year in a row, a Kartermquin producer is at #1. Steve James takes the top spot this year, receiving praise for his work on Life Itself and his long career of "explorations of the heart and humanity of Chicago." Out of the 50 names, the list contains a total of 11 Kartemquin producers and associates. These are: #1 - Steve James, director/producer of The Interrupters, and many more. Continued

Watch a video recap of the 2014 Spring Showcase

For those of you who couldn't attend - or just want to relive - the 2014 Kartemquin Spring Showcase, watch the recap video of our third annual sold out event. The Spring Showcase invites an audience to preview and discuss four new works-in-progress by Kartemquin filmmakers in a spirit of creative collaboration. The video was edited by KTQ spring 2014 intern Stephanie Sunata. The Gene Siskel Film Center hosted the event for the third year, with the crowd reacting very positively to the short clips shown by Hard Earned; In the Game; Raising Bertie and Generation Food. Continued

#SpringShowcase is Sold Out! Meet the Directors

The 3rd annual Kartemquin Spring Showcase is tonight! And it is completely sold out for the 3rd year in a row. The #SpringShowcase features exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from four of our upcoming documentaries, with viewer feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and in a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into our process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. Since we can only fit so many people into Gene Siskel Film Center tonight, follow the conversation on Twitter: @Kartemquin and #SpringShowcase. Continued