THE INTERRUPTERS shines at Silverdocs

Kartemquin director Steve James took his upcoming film The Interrupters to the 2010 Silverdocs International Documentary Conference last week to participate in the prestigious Good Pitch event. Steve James, The Interrupters co-writer/producer Alex Kotlowitz, and violence interrupter Ameena Matthews together presented a short demo of the film and spoke to the crowd of philanthropists and media funders about their plans for community engagements initiatives around the film's release. They were well received by the group and a number of potential funders verbally expressed interest in assisting their efforts with the project. The next day, Steve participated in a conversation with Silverdocs head programmer Sky Sitney about his career. This report from the Center for Social Media about the event contains more information, including this quote about Steve's filmmaking style and the his relationship with Kartemquin: "[Steve] James noted that while his films always have a point of view, they avoid polemics. Rather, he said, he wants to take the viewer on a voyage of discovery. “The trick of making a good doc,” he said, “is to take the viewer through the revelatory process that the filmmaker went through—but in less time.” He noted that work like his—often exploring hard-to-fund characters and situations, conducted over long periods of times, tackling the complexity of experience—has benefited from his relationship with Kartemquin Films. The production house provides a structure within which talent can be nurtured and good projects can be sustained." Continued

ITVS funds two new Kartemquin films

Kartemquin is delighted to have received funding for two in-progress films - A Good Man and The Interrupters - in the most recent round of funding from ITVS (The Independent Television Service). Read about the funding on the ITVS website. Kartemquin would like to congratulate all our partners on these two projects, which will both be completed in 2011. Read more about A Good Man and watch the trailer. Read more about The Interrupters. Continued

The Interrupters is a finalist for SFFS Documentary Grant

Kartemquin is proud to announce that The Interrupters has been selected as one of 10 finalists for a 2010 San Francisco Film Society / Film Arts Foundation Documentary grant. The winner of the $25,000 grant will be announced on May 5 at the SFIFF53 Golden Gate Awards. Get more information. The film, directed/produced by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Stevie, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson), and written/produced by Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here) is currently in production and will be released in 2011. Continued

Video: Alex Kotlowitz on Hoop Dreams and Kartemquin

Kartemquin is proud to release the video of noted author and journalist Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here) delivering the keynote speech from our recent 15th anniversary celebration of Hoop Dreams. Discussing the impact of the film, his current film collaboration with director Steve James (The Interrupters), and the importance of Kartemquin's ongoing legacy of social issue documentary filmmaking, Kotlowitz states: Continued

Announcing two new Kartemquin films!

Kartemquin is proud to announce two groundbreaking new documentaries, currently in development in Chicago. The Interrupters, directed/produced by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson) and produced/written by acclaimed journalist Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here, Never a City So Real), tells the story of a group of men and women, many of them former gang leaders, who now work for the group CeaseFire and risk their lives by intervening in violent situations across the city of Chicago. Continued