Milwaukee Film Festival to honor Kartemquin


Kartemquin is delighted to announce that the 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival is hosting a tribute to us in honor of our 45th anniversary celebrations. The festival will screen the state premieres of our two new films A Good Man and The Interrupters, as well as a presentation of Hoop Dreams, and a preview of our new in-progress film American Arab.


Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn and Executive Director Justine Nagan will attend the events, as will The Interrupters and Hoop Dreams director Steve James, Kartemquin's Director of Production/The Interrupters co-producer Zak Piper, and American Arab producer Usama Alshaibi. Kartemquin will also host a panel on social outreach and engagement at the festival.


Milwaukee-based producer Brad Lichtenstein, producer of As Goes Janesville (a project being produced in association with Kartemquin) will also appear on a panel with us about films "Representing Labor."


“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the Milwaukee Film Festival to bring a wide array of our work to Wisconsin audiences,” said Justine Nagan, Kartemquin Films’ Executive Director.  “The panels and films that they selected show the breadth and history of our work, as well as some of our exciting new projects. Kartemquin is happy to be partnering with another strong midwestern film institution to bring people together and create meaningful dialogue and discussion around media.”


Several key subjects of The Interrupters will join the Kartemquin staff for the Saturday, September 24 screening at the Landmark Oriental Theatre.


“I am delighted that we are presenting Steve James latest masterpiece, The Interrupters, at the festival. I view the film as the most important documentary of the year,” said Milwaukee Film Artistic and Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “We had great success last year with community engagement around screenings of Waiting for “Superman” and are looking to do the same this year with The Interrupters.”


For more on the festival's tribute to Kartemquin, visit the Milwaukee Film Festival website, or read about the announcement in Realscreen, Shadow & Act, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.