A Good Man launches Oak Park "Films for $5ive" series

Several Kartemquin documentaries will be part of a new "Films for $5ive" documentary screening series at the Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park, Illinois, starting next Friday, January 13th at 7pm with A Good Man. The film's Associate Producer Rachel Pikelny will attend the screening.   The nine-week “Films for $5ive” series will feature 4 screenings each weekend:  Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2pm.  Each weekend will feature 2 films, each of which will screen twice, with each weekend’s films focusing loosely on a global theme and offering different perspectives.  As often as schedules will allow, the directors, producers and others involved in the making of the films will be present to discuss their work following each event. Continued

Movie Morlocks love Inquiring Nuns

TCM's Movie Morlocks blog highlighted Kartemquin's classic 1968 cinema verite documentary Inquiring Nuns this week. In the article mention is made of the film's Phillip Glass score - his first credited work - the film's lucky inclusion of controversial comedian and actor Stepin Fetchit, and the general air of Vietnam-era discontent that pervades many of the answers to the nuns' question: "Are you happy?" Read the full article.   Continued

Virginia Film Festival announces Kartemquin retrospective

An eight-film retrospective spanning every decade of Kartemquin Films' 45 year history will be part of the 2011 Virginia Film Festival this November 3-9, 2001. The tribute will include the state premieres of our new releases The Interrupters and A Good Man, with appearances from Bill T. Jones and co-director Gordon Quinn, and The Interrupters, with director Steve James present. Both Steve James and Gordon Quinn were born in Virginia.   Continued

Kartemquin Films 10-Week Retrospective at Doc Films: come and enjoy our classics on the big screen!

The University of Chicago's Doc Films welcomes back Kartemquin Films with a 10-week retrospective featuring 19 of our most memorable documentaries! In celebration of our 45th anniversary, Doc Films is bringing the art of documentary storytelling back to the place where our history began, showing at 7pm every Sunday night Oct 2-Dec 4.   This retrospective is a crowning moment of the long-standing relationship between UChicago and Kartemquin, which was founded by 3 UChicago graduates, and is currently led by Justine Nagan (U Chicago MAPH 2004). The story of Kartemquin, while little known on campus, is possibly one of the biggest successes of UChicago's “Life of the Mind.”   Continued

Your responses to Inquiring Nuns

Inquiring Nuns was broadcast on WTTW in Chicago last night as the opening film in their year-long celebration of Kartemquin's 45th anniversary. A film about two nuns wandering the streets of Chicago asking people "are you happy?" was never going to fail to get a response, and the classic 1968 cinema verite documentary did just that. Here's a selection of some of our favorite responses from Twitter, and your own comments on the film's page on this website: Continued