Benton Foundation Awards our Media Advocacy Work

The Benton Foundation has given Kartemquin a Media Pioneer Award of $3,000 in support of our advocacy efforts in 2012 on issues such as defending the DMCA exemption for documentary filmmakers and the successful PBSNeedsIndies campaign.


"These issues are integral to Kartemquin's mission of advocating for a strong public media, but take up an immense amount of time and effort outside of our regular practice of producing documentary films, and so we are extremely grateful to the Benton Foundation for providing this flexible contribution," said Kartemquin's Executive Director Justine Nagan.


The Benton Foundation works to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance our democracy. They pursue this mission by seeking policy solutions that support the values of access, diversity and equity, and by demonstrating the value of media and telecommunications for improving the quality of life for all.


Other forms of ongoing Kartemquin campaigns include efforts around Fair Use and intellectual property in conjunction with the Center for Social Media. Kartemquin representatives will be speaking about our advocacy work on panels at two upcoming conferences: the University Film and Video Association conference in Chicago, August 8-11, and at the NAMAC 2012 conference in Minneapolis, September 6-8. More details on both coming soon.


Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin's Artistic Director and co-founder, stated: "Ensuring a vibrant and diverse media is critical for the survival of democracy.  This will help with ongoing struggles and to spread the word to the younger generation about the importance of being involved in the policy issues that affect our field."



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