May 2, 2008 11:08 pm
At an awards ceremony in Chicago on Sunday, Kartemquin's stem cell doc, Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, was awarded a Gold Hugo called "The Chicago Award" by the Chicago International Film Festival. Festival Competitions Coordinator Phil Bajorat explained the accolade, "As part of the Chicago International Film Festival’s special section focusing on local filmmakers, the Chicago Award is presented to a Chicago or Illinois artist for the best feature film, short film, or documentary. The Chicago Award applauds and celebrates the tireless efforts of regional talents who are devotees to the art of cinema and for their contributions to the medium." Director Maria Finitzo was at the ceremony to accept the award.
The Chicago Award Jury included: Mike McNamara (Executive Director of Midwest Independent Film Festival, Chicago); Malik Bader (filmmaker; last year's Chicago Award winner for Street Thief); and Annie Porter (Associate Producer for At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper, Chicago).
The film screens tonight at AMC River East. Get tickets.
Also, Northwestern University's news team recently did a piece on the film, and Dr. Kessler, that is posted on You Tube. Watch the news story.