Announcing our Fall Festival in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas Nov 2-4

November 2-4, in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas in Lincoln Park, Kartemquin presents a three night festival to cap off our 50th Anniversary year! The Kartemquin Fall Festival features two Chicago premieres, sneak previews of three works-in-progress, and fresh new work from emerging Midwest documentary makers who have graduated from Kartemquin’s acclaimed filmmaker development programs. More information can be found at, and to purchase tickets please go to Featuring: Continued

Unbroken Glass to world premiere at Seattle South Asian Film Festival

Kartemquin Films is pleased to announce the world premiere of Unbroken Glass. Graduate of the University of Chicago and former Kartemquin intern, Dinesh Das Sabu debuts his feature documentary at the 2016 Seattle South Asian Film Festival on October 22. The film will then receive its Texas premiere at Dallas Videofest on October 23, and its Chicago premiere on November 2nd as part of the Kartemquin Fall Festival. Unbroken Glass weaves together Das Sabu’s journey of discovery with cinema-verite scenes of his family dealing with still raw emotions and consequences of his immigrant parents’ lives and deaths. The film was shot over five years in Illinois, New Mexico, California, and India. Continued

Kartemquin Films marks 50th Anniversary by announcing Fall Festival, New Fund for Filmmaker Support at #KTQ50 Birthday Party Event in Chicago

Retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles to Highlight Five Decades of Documentaries Nearly 1,000 Party Attendees Include CEO of PBS, Stars of Films and Directors from the Past 50 Years of Kartemquin, Elected Officials Not-for-profit documentary production collective Kartemquin Films, the Chicago-based producers of The Interrupters, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, marks the occasion of its 50th Birthday Party tonight to announce major retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles this summer, a new fund to support filmmakers, and a showcase for emerging midwest independent documentary makers this fall. 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 Continued

Funding takes Unbroken Glass closer

We’re excited to announce major support from the Sage Foundation for our in-progress film Unbroken Glass. Sage's generous grant will allow director Dinesh Sabu and his team to continue refining the film's rough cut throughout the summer back in-house at Kartemquin. In further good news, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has awarded Dinesh an Individual Artist Support grant to work with a graphics animator. Since old family photos are such a key element of the language of Unbroken Glass this work will be vital to the aesthetic of his film. In Unbroken Glass filmmaker Dinesh Sabu sets out to learn the truth about his parents' lives twenty years after their deaths. Retracing the story of his parents immigration from India, Dinesh uncovers his mother’s schizophrenia, a mental illness that perhaps ultimately led to her suicide. Continued

Dinesh Sabu awarded Firelight Media Freshman Fund

Firelight Media has selected Dinesh Sabu, director of our upcoming documentary Unbroken Glass, as one of two recipients of their Firelight Media Freshman Fund (F3) award, which supports non-fiction filmmakers of color ages 30 and under. The winners of the F3 award receive a $5,000 grant to support the production of their project and membership in the Firelight Media Producers' Lab. Support for the Firelight Freshman Fund is generously provided by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust. The other winner was Bao Nguyen. Continued

In-progress Unbroken Glass takes an organic approach to outreach

You never knew her normal self. If you see broken glass… you never think about the beautiful thing it was before. It’s just broken glass. Dinesh Sabu is currently in post-production of his first feature length documentary, Unbroken Glass. As he puts the film together, he has also been piecing together plans for how it will make an impact, including events like a preview of clips and a discussion of the film this Sunday, April 13th at 7:15pm, at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Get tickets). Continued

Truth, lies and personal revelations in making a first documentary

"There was and is a real moment of worry that after I make this film, what of myself will be left? What more can I hope to do, now that this story, so essential to my identity is given to the public?" Kartemquin filmmaker Dinesh Sabu is making his debut film, Unbroken Glass. A personal story about the parents he lost as a young child, immigration, and mental illness, Dinesh has been actively working on the film since he was 22. Continued