CriterionCast is Crazy for our Early Years

"A truly fantastic look at one of the most influential names within the world of non-fiction filmmaking."

At, film critic Joshua Brunsting has posted a series of reviews of our DVD-set of 1960s-made classics, The Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years Volumes 1, 2 & 3. The reviews are so effusive in their praise for the individual films and Kartemquin as a whole that we just had to share some of our favorite quotes.

"With regards to the youth movement, the films may very well be two of the most important documentaries for the younger generations to re-visit, or be introduced to for the first time. Absolutely universal, these films haven’t lost a step aesthetically or intellectually." - On Parents and Thumbs Down, from The Early Years Volume 1. Read the full review.

"Made with true passion and influence, and in a world where violence has only increased, these two pictures are as important a documentary duo as they ever have been." On Hum 225 and What The Fuck Are These Red Squares, from The Early Years Volume 2. Read the full review.

"Just a damn brilliant documentary." On Marco, from The Early Years Volume 3. Read the full review.

The Early Years, Volumes 1-3 are now available on DVD individually or as a complete set from the Kartemquin store. We are working to raise funds to release The Kartemquin Collection, Volume 4: The Collective Years, covering the 1970s era, on DVD in a few months.

Check out a YouTube playlist of trailers for our Early Years films and DVDs.