Music Box to host Saving Mes Aynak Chicago premiere

On Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30pm, the historic Music Box Theatre hosts the Chicago premiere of Saving Mes Aynak. The screening is a special presentation kicking off the Music Box's Docs at the Box summer documentary series, programmed by Anthony Kaufman. Saving Mes Aynak Director Brent E. Huffman and producer Zak Piper will attend, with panelists including archeologist Gil Stein, director of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, and Lawrence Rothfield, University of Chicago Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Faculty Director, Cultural Policy Center, and an expert on the ways in which looting and geopolitics affects antiquities and museums, particularly in the Middle East. Continued

Full Frame Success for Saving Mes Aynak

Saving Mes Aynak is celebrating a great weekend at the Full Frame Documentary Festival, where it screened to a standing ovation and was followed by an impassioned q&a from the sold out crowd. Director Brent E. Huffman attended Full Frame with producer Zak Piper and executive producer Julia Reichert. Brent began the weekend by speaking with Joe Corey of Inside Pulse, who covered the film and declared it, “the most important documentary showing at Full Frame this year.” Continued

FIPA to host French Premiere of Saving Mes Aynak

Saving Mes Aynak has been selected for the prestigious FIPA Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, screening this January 21, 2015 in Biarritz, France. It is a rare honor for an American documentary to screen at the festival, now in its 28th edition. Get details of the screening. Congratulations to director Brent Huffman, producer Zak Piper, and their team. The film follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition by a Chinese state-owned mining company which is eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. 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