Ahead of our 50th anniversary celebration on June 24th at the Harris Theater Rooftop, we open our archives to the Chicago public with the exhibition “Kartemquin Films 1966-2016: Democracy through Documentary” opening on May 21st and running through August 20th at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60601).
Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service for independent and international films, announced today that they will jointly release over thirty films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films, sixteen of which debut today. The move underscores Fandor and Kartemquin’s commitment to providing extraordinary cinema to an ever-growing audience of film enthusiasts.
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.
"A truly fantastic look at one of the most influential names within the world of non-fiction filmmaking."
At CriterionCast.com, film critic Joshua Brunsting has posted a series of reviews of our DVD-set of 1960s-made classics, The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years Volumes 1, 2 & 3. The reviews are so effusive in their praise for the individual films and Kartemquin as a whole that we just had to share some of our favorite quotes.
The University of Chicago's Doc Films welcomes back Kartemquin Films with a 10-week retrospective featuring 19 of our most memorable documentaries! In celebration of our 45th anniversary, Doc Films is bringing the art of documentary storytelling back to the place where our history began, showing at 7pm every Sunday night Oct 2-Dec 4.
The esteemed film magazine Sight & Sound gave our recently released DVDs The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years Volumes 1 & 2 a great review in its May 2011 issue.