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.
It is with great sadness that we announce that Kartemquin founding partner Jerry Blumenthal passed away today.
At the core of Kartemquin since our earliest days in the 1960s, Jerry has a credit on our very first film, Home for Life, and was working with us this year to finish projects on the artist Gerda Bernstein, and Murder the Prepositions, about the poet Les Bridges.
Kartemquin would like to thank outgoing Chair Steve Whisnant for his years of service to the organization. Steve has been a friend of Kartemquin since his involvement on 1998's Vietnam: Long Time Coming, and was the first board Chair elected to Kartemquin's inaugural working board, formed in 2007 as a result of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Steve will continue to sit on the board and share his expertise.