Gordon Quinn to give University of Chicago's 2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture

Gordon Quinn, founder and artistic director of Kartemquin Films, will return to his Alma Mater, the University of Chicago, to give the 2016 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture on June 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM, during the 2016 UChicago Alumni Weekend. Quinn will be interviewed on stage by Jacqueline Stewart, Professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the interim director (2015-16) of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. They will be discussing how preserving images of the past is critical to contemporary social justice movements, with reference to our upcoming film '63 Boycott, and other works in the Kartemquin filmography. Continued

Trials of Muhammad Ali Screens on Southern Circuit Tour

The Trials of Muhammad Ali will be screening in four locations this week on The Southern Circuit Tour, with screening venues in North Carolina, Louisiana, Miami, and FSU in Tallahassee. Screenings are free, with director Bill Siegel attending all. March 14, 2016: Challenger Learning Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL @7pm March 15, 2016: Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC @ 7pm March 16, 2016: Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, LA @ 7pm March 18, 2016: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, FL @ 8:30pm (Khalilah Camacho-Ali, star of the film and former wife of Muhammad Ali, also attending) Continued

WTTW honors Black History Month and 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin with broadcast of The Trials of Muhammad Ali

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast The Trials of Muhammad Ali at 10pm on Thursday, February 25th as part of a year-long series honoring the 50th anniversary of not-for-profit Chicago documentary collective Kartemquin Films. Winner of Outstanding Historical - Long Form award at the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in September 2015, The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers Ali’s toughest bout: detailing how the boxing legend fought a potential five year prison sentence for refusing military service in Vietnam, risking his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience. Continued

WTTW celebrates 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin Films with monthly broadcasts through 2016

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning films in honor of our 50th anniversary. The monthly series will feature films from each decade of Kartemquin’s history, including the classic Hoop Dreams (1994), which will air in June 2016, to coincide with a Kartemquin “Milestones” gala celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center and Harris Theater on June 24, and an art exhibition running May-August at Expo 72. Continued

Life Itself and The Interrupters music release coming soon

Composer Joshua Abrams' acclaimed music for Life Itself and The Interrupters will be released digitally for the first time on October 16th, 2015 on itunes and emusic, via Eremite records. For more information, including a personal essay on their collaboration from director Steve James, click here. Joshua Abrams' music for Life Itself was nominated for the Best Original Score award at the 2015 Cinema Eye Honors, and was listed as one of the best scores of 2014 by Hitfix.com. Continued

And the Emmy Winner is... Trials of Muhammad Ali

Last night, Kartemquin’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali won the Outstanding Historical - Long Form award at the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The event, attended by over a thousand industry executives, journalists, and producers, took place on September 28, 2015 at the Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall in New York City. Director Bill Siegel accepted the prestigious award and used his acceptance speech to highlight the ways Ali continues to impact our lives. Referencing the current #BlackLivesMatter movement, Siegel said, “Muhammad Ali has been representing Black Lives Matter for a long time now. That time is now." The film’s collaborators, including editor Aaron Wickenden, producer Rachel Pikelny, KTQ Vice President of Finance & Operations Suzanne Niemoth, KTQ Executive Director Justine Nagan, and KTQ Founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn appeared with Siegel on stage. The Trials of Muhammad Ali documents the boxer's toughest bout, his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service during the Vietnam War. Continued

3 Emmy Nominations for The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali has been nominated for three Emmys, including Best Documentary! The film, which aired on PBS Independent Lens in April 2014, was recognized by the 36th National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences News and Documentary Awards in the following categories: - Best Documentary - Outstanding Historical Programming-Long-Form - Best Editing (Aaron Wickenden) Congratulations to director Bill Siegel, producer Rachel Pikelny, editor Aaron Wickenden, executive producers Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan, Leon Gast, and Kat White, composer Joshua Abrams, and to all who worked on and were featured in the film! Special thanks are due to the film's major funders The Ford Foundation and ITVS. Continued

Almost There heads to England

Directors Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky will accompany Almost There on its first European foray this week, attending the International premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest on Sunday June 7 at 8pm. On Monday June 8 at 4pm, Influence Film Club at the Crucible will host an additional q&a, with Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden showing clips from the film. Check out Influence Film Club's excellent Almost There Discussion Guide. The directors will then head south for a special London screening at the new Bertha DocHouse on Wednesday June 10 at 8:30pm. 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