Trials of Muhammad Ali world premiere sells out in 2 hours

The world premiere screenings of The Trials of Muhammad Ali at Tribeca Film Festival are sold out. Individual tickets for AmEx card holders went on sale this morning at 9am ET. Despite the festival's website crashing and phone lines being jammed, less than 2 hours later all tickets for the screenings of April 26th and April 27th were completely sold out. We are delighted that there is so much enthusiasm for our next release!
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TriBeCa World Premiere for The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Kartemquin's next documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali will world premiere with two screenings at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival this April.

Directed by Oscar-nominee Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground), the film looks at Muhammad Ali's lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trials traces Ali’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. At each stage, the challenges Ali faces go far beyond the boxing ring and ultimately encompass issues of power, race, faith and identity that confront us all.

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Ford Foundation funding for The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali has received a major grant of $160,000 from the Ford Foundation, through their Just Films initiative. The funds were sought by director/producer Bill Siegel and producer Rachel Pikelny to aid final production on the documentary, which is scheduled to be Kartemquin's first release of 2013. We are delighted to receive this endorsement from the Ford Foundation, which puts The Trials of Muhammad Ali in the company of some of the most acclaimed documentaries of recent years.
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Photos of Diverse Voices and Muhammad Ali

Head over to our Facebook page to view photos from the launch of Diverse Voices in Docs, our new professional development program from documentary makers. The snaps were taken last week at Community Film Workshop, our partner on the program. Thanks to all who came to the event and shared ideas and feedback with us. The informal gathering confirmed that there was great enthusiasm for the program and its goal of expanding opportunities for and within the Chicago documentary community, and also that there is a high level of unheralded talent already creating films in the city. If you missed the event, want to apply, or just want to find more information, visit the Diverse Voices in Docs page on our site.
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Making the Muhammad Ali Documentary

The Trials of Muhammad Ali will be our first release of 2013. The film covers Ali's tumultuous battle against being drafted into the Vietnam War.

In a new interview for our newsletter, Director Bill Siegel (who has waited 20 years to make the film), Producer Rachel Pikelny and Editor Aaron Wickenden talk about unearthing forgotten archive footage, getting the blessing of Ali and his family, and how this documentary portrays Ali "as a fighter fueled by defiance, faith and a quest for justice."

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Excitement builds for our Muhammad Ali doc

Ahead of a sneak preview and discussion at the Chicago Humanities Festival on November 10th, Kartemquin's next release The Trials of Muhammad Ali is already generating buzz, possibly based on the launch of its Twitter account. IndieWIRE's Shadow & Act blog, already a fan our our work, said the film looked to be "yet another enthralling feature documentary." Due for release in 2013, The Trials of Muhammad Ali is about Ali's "fight not to fight" - the period in mid-1960's when he refused enlistment in the US Army during the Vietnam War due to his strong Islamic religious beliefs.
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