A historic celebration

Kartemquin's anniversary celebration at Metro in Chicago last week was a great success. It was wonderful to mark the 45th year of our social filmmaking in style amongst old and new friends with a night that we will all remember for a long time to come.


Chicago favorites Mar Caribe kicked off the evening with an eclectic set of original songs while attendees trickled in for food (delicious jambalaya and corn muffins prepared by Wishbone, terrific brews provided by Goose Island) and conversation. WBEZ’s Alison Cuddy and Kartemquin’s Executive Director Justine Nagan then took the stage to navigate the audience through the main program – a look back at 45 years of Kartemquin stories from the people who lived and experienced them including Kartemquin co-founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal; former interns Shu Ling Yong and Dinesh Sabu; Steve James, director of Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters; original Kartemquin Collective members and filmmakers Judy Hoffman and Sue Davenport, and many others. Our gracious supporters ranged from past interns to veritable heavyweights in the Chicago arts and film scene including Lisa Yun Lee, Ra Joy, Jason Stephens, Howard Tullman, Dan Moore, and Maria Finitzo.  All funds raised from the event are going to help support Kartemquin community programs and general operating costs as we approach year end.  Thanks again to all of our sponsors!


The videos from the party will be available on our site and YouTube in the coming weeks, and we’ll be sure to let you know when they are live. You can also take a look at some photos on our Facebook page.


Regardless of whether you attended the event, we’re interested in hearing your Kartemquin stories too! Please send us, in under 200 words, a story, anecdote, or memory of Kartemquin, whether it be experiencing one of our films or getting to know one of our staff. We’ll be selecting a few to feature on the website surrounding the close of this anniversary year.


Finally, we hope that you will join us for the Chicago premiere of A Good Man this Friday, September 23 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N., State St, Chicago, IL. Filmmakers Gordon Quinn, Bob Hercules, David Simpson, Keith Walker and Rachel Pikelny will be in attendance. The audience is invited to attend a 7:00 pm reception in the Siskel Center gallery/café following the 6:15 pm screening and prior to the 8:15 pm screening. Tickets can be purchased here for Friday and for the film’s full week run from September 23-29th.