Kartemquin connections at CIFF

The 48th Chicago International Film Festival begins tomorrow night, and a number of events and screenings will have a KTQ connection. We encourage you to see as many films as you can at our hometown fest, but especially these! You can catch the Chicago premiere of our latest film As Goes Janesville, panels featuring Steve James and Justine Nagan, and two Chicago-made documentaries we urge you to support. Get tickets for these and more CIFF events here. AS GOES JANESVILLE SAT 10/13 • 2:30 PM *Director, Producer and Editor/Co-writer scheduled to attend Director: Brad Lichtenstein The aftermath of the American financial crisis is perfectly distilled in Janesville, WI, where the shutdown of a GM plant suddenly leaves thousands of workers without jobs. Following both laid-off employees struggling to make ends meet and local business owners trying to lure investment back to town in alliance with Governor Scott Walker, As Goes Janesville gives refreshing insight into the very real effects of the recession that are so often diluted as rhetorical abstractions. 88 min. Our latest doc, made with 371 Productions. This is the Chicago premiere! THE BELIEVERS TUE 10/16 • 8:00 PM *Directors scheduled to attend SAT 10/20 • 2:00 PM *Directors scheduled to attend Directors: Clayton Brown • Monica Long Ross In 1989, the future of energy production seemed at hand, when Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced to the world the discovery of “cold fusion.” Garnering sensational media attention, their fast-rising reputation quickly faded when nobody could reproduce their claimed results. The Believers is not only the story of a quirk in the history of science, but a personal tale of belief, integrity, disappointment, and acceptance. 80 min. A graduate of KTQ Labs: Feedback Screenings program made by Chicago's 137 Films, a doc production company founded by former Kartemquin intern Clayton Brown! BENJI SUN 10/14 • 11:00 AM WED 10/17 • 6:00 PM *Directors scheduled to attend THU 10/18 • 8:30 PM *Directors scheduled to attend Directors: Coodie • Chike In 1984, all eyes were on Ben Wilson, a high school senior on the verge of leading Chicago’s Simeon High to its second straight state basketball championship and seemingly destined for NBA greatness. But Benji’s story was cut tragically short when he was shot and killed in broad daylight on his way to school. Interviews with family and friends give fresh insight into Benji’s life and untimely end, illuminating one of sport’s most tragic “what if”s. 79 min. A project that shares themes with The Interrupters and No Crossover, made by emerging filmmakers Coodie & Chike (directors of music videos such as "Through the Wire" for Kanye West.) AN EVENING WITH STEVE JAMES TUE 10/23 • 6 :00 PM Hailing from Chicago, Steve James is one of America’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers. From the classic Hoop Dreams to the recent spectacular success of The Interrupters, James’s films illuminate their subjects with an intimate, observational style that is rarely matched. James will discuss his films, Chicago, and the state of documentary film in general. Moderated by Scott Tobias. 90 min FUNDRAISING FORUMS WED 10/17 • 3:00 PM • FREE A panel of filmmakers who have funded their projects in a range of creative ways share their knowledge and experience. A must for anyone interested in using web-based funding platforms, the discussion will cover all types of innovative film financing. 60 min. Moderated by Kartemquin's executive director Justine Nagan. BOX OFFICES: AMC River East 21 • 322 E. Illinois | Cinema/Chicago Office • 30 E. Adams, Suite 800 TICKETMASTER: 800-982-2787 | ticketmaster.com/chicagofilmfestival | FESTIVAL HOTLINE: 312-332-FILM FOR THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE AND MORE INFO, VISIT CHICAGOFILMFESTIVAL.COM OR CALL 312-332-FILM