Steve James Talks Crowdfunding on Indiewire

Generation Food director Steve James discussed the crowdfunding progress for his upcoming film on Indiewire this week. In the article, Steve weighs the benefits of involving an audience early on with the risks of over-exposing a doc in progress. Making comparisons to his earlier films with Kartemquin, Steve notes the intensive labor involved in crowdfunding but posits that it's the way of the future for marketing for independent documentary.   Continued

Australians stunned by Stevie broadcast

Kartemquin's 2002 documentary Stevie aired on Australian television for the first time this weekend, drawing a strong response from viewers. The devastating story of filmmaker Steve James' relationship with troubled Stevie Fielding, the IDFA award-winning film is among our most provocative and compelling works, as the social media reactions of the ABC2 viewers showed. We've shared some of the best responses below. If you would like to know more about Stevie, the film is available on DVD. Australian viewers can also watch the film on iView. Continued

Independent Spirit Award Nomination for The Interrupters

The Interrupters has been recognized with a nomination for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards. The honor will be Director Steve James' third nomination from Film Independent's Spirit Awards, with nods for Stevie in 2003 and a win for Hoop Dreams in 1994. The awards take place on February 25th in Santa Monica and will be broadcast by IFC. Get more information.'s Documentaries Guide has put up a poll for the public to vote on who should win the documentary category.   Continued

18 IDFA screenings for Kartemquin films

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) begins this week, and Kartemquin is honored to have a total of eighteen screenings of seven different films at the prestigious Dutch festival, the world's largest documentary-specific event. A number of these screenings are already sold out Continued

Four Cinema Eye Honors Nominations for The Interrupters

The Interrupters has been nominated for 2012 Cinema Eye Honors in four categories: Best Direction, Best Production, the Audience Choice Award, and the main prize: the Oustanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking.    The awards ceremony will take place on January 11, 2012 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, New York. View more details on the Cinema Eye Honors website. We are honored to have a Kartemquin film nonimated for the Cinema Eye Honors for the first time!   Continued

Seven Kartemquin Films to screen at IDFA 2011

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced its 2011 line-up, which includes A Good Man and The Interrupters. The festival, regularly cited as Europe's premier documentary event, runs November 16-27. This will mark the 7th festival of our 45th anniversary year in which the two films have screened together, and the two will be part of 7 total Kartemquin films screening at IDFA.   A Good Man and The Interrupters screen in the 'Masters' section of the festival, along with new works by some of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers alive. The films' respective directors Steve James and Gordon Quinn will attend for Kartemquin.   Continued

Stevie: Chronicling the Cycle of Abuse

The New York-based documentary series Stranger Than Fiction recently hosted Kartemquin director Steve James for a screening and discussion of his 2003 film Stevie, about his complicated documentary interactions with troubled Stevie Fielding.   The acclaimed film movingly and provocatively does not shy away from the "ethical precariousness" of James' role as mentor and then filmmaker of Stevie's life, and neither has Steve James in discussing it over the years. He has also kept in touch with various people involved in the film and thought deeply about how it may have made an impact on their lives.   Continued