The Homestretch moves the crowd at Housing First Partners Conference

Attendees of the Housing First Partners Conference were treated to a sneak peek of Kartemquin's new film The Homestretch yesterday. The audience was filled with experts working to end homelessness through the many facets of Housing First. All three of the young people featured in the film - Kasey, Anthony, and Roque – were in attendance and took questions from the audience. View photos of the event here. The audience response to their presence was incredible. Continued

See previews of our new work at The Post Family's Comfort Station residency

At 7pm on March 12, Kartemquin filmmakers will show clips of new films and invite discussion with the audience as part of The Post Family's curatorial residency at Comfort Station, a multi-disciplinary art space situated in in the heart of Logan Square, Chicago. The audience at this free event will be able to see sneak peeks and discuss these new films - all yet to premiere in Chicago - with the filmmakers and Kartemquin's executive director Justine Nagan and director of communications and distribution Tim Horsburgh. The featured films are: Almost There, presented by co-director Dan Rybicky. The Homestretch, presented by editor Leslie Simmer. Continued

Help us change how people view youth homelessness

After four years of intense work, The Homestretch is finally nearing completion. As they get ready to release the film, co-directors/producers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly are simultaneously launching the first steps of a major audience engagement strategy for their film about homeless teens in Chicago: please help them do it! The Homestretch tells the story of three homeless teenagers who brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of? Continued

Chicken and Egg grant caps great funding run for The Homestretch

Since appearing at the inaugural Good Pitch Chicago in October, our in-progress documentary The Homestretch received over $40,000 in finishing funds from The Chicago Community Trust, the Ebert Foundation, the Baskin Family Foundation, the Vicki and Bruce Heyman Foundation and the Mullen Family Foundation. These donations are providing crucial funds to keep going through the end of the year. The film, about homeless youth in Chicago, is focused on raising the remaining funds needed to keep editing to a finish in the New Year. An end of the year campaign to raise $20,000 to support their next steps with a composer and to make the film broadcast ready are underway. Continued

A very Good Pitch for The Homestretch

The first Good Pitch Chicago was in itself an amazing event for Chicago documentary makers, but was especially great for our upcoming film The Homestretch. The film, about homeless youth in Chicago, and directed by Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare, received pledges of support and enthusiasm from the CPB, MacArthur foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Ford Foundation, POV, Facing History and Ourselves, the Chaz and Roger Ebert foundation, True Colors Fund and more. A highlight was seeing Roque, one of the film's stars, speak in front of 300 people. The support from the day has left the filmmakers inspired and in a great position to finish the film and mount an ambitious outreach campaign for 2014. Continued

The Homestretch readies for Good Pitch Chicago

Directors Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare and editor Leslie Simmer have been working intensively all week on preparing their short video clip and presentation of The Homestretch for tomorrow's inaugural Good Pitch Chicago. Ahead of the big day, Kirsten spoke to Emily Morris of about how the homeless teens in the film challenge stereotypes, and how she discovered the story through a program aimed at teaching Chicago Public Schools students to act out Shakespeare plays. Continued

"Our kind of town, Chicago is"

We have a number of Chicago events coming up this fall, and wanted to share them all with the fans in our home town. Our producers, associates and staff will be out in force at all of the following - we look forward to seeing you! October 5th - The Trials of Muhammad Ali Chicago premiere! Part of Music Box Theatre's Docs at the Box. Director Bill Siegel will attend. Get tickets. October 20th - Chicago Humanities Festival Kartemquin founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn is speaking on documentary ethics and fair use. Details: Continued

Good Pitch Chicago films announced

We are delighted to note that our film The Homestretch is among the seven documentaries selected for the first ever Good Pitch Chicago! We are also excited for former Kartemquin intern (spring '08) Bec Parrish, whose Sister is also one of the selected films. Co-produced by BritDoc, the Sundance Institute, and a Chicago planning team, Good Pitch Chicago will give seven teams of documentary filmmakers the rare and valuable opportunity to conduct a seven-minute pitch to an invited audience of 300 potential investors and partners. The event will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center on October 22nd, 2013. Visit the Good Pitch Chicago website for more details. The seven films were picked from over 100 international submissions. Continued