Abacus, Edith+Eddie earn Emmy® nominations

Kartemquin is thrilled to share that both Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, and Edith+Eddie have earned nominations for 2018 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards.

Find the full release here. The awards ceremony will take place on October 1, 2018 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in NYC.

Nominated for the Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary Emmy® is Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Nominated for a 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, the film has earned a Peabody Award nomination, three Critics' Choice Documentary Awards nominations –– winning Best Documentary – as well as a nomination for Steve James by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directing. The film also earned the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sarasota Film Festival and Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary at the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Abacus, presented by PBS Distribution, Frontline and ITVS, is produced by Mitten Media, Motto Pictures and Kartemquin Films; edited by John Farbrother and David E. Simpson; music by Joshua Abrams; cinematography by Tom Bergmann; co-produced by Fenell Doremus, Nick Verbitsky and executive produced by Gordon Quinn, Christopher Clements, Betsy Steinberg, Justine Nagan, Raney Aronson, Sally Jo Fifer; produced by Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman and directed by Steve James.

Nominated for the Outstanding Short Documentary Emmy® is Edith+Eddie, the story of Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison, America's oldest interracial newlyweds at ages 95 and 96. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

Edith+Eddie was nominated for a 2018 Academy Award® for Best Documentary - Short Subject and earned the Best Short Award at the 33rd Annual IDA Documentary Awards in Los Angeles. Edith+Eddie has had an outstanding festival run, earning Best Short Documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short at the Nevada City Film Festival, Outstanding Documentary Short Film at the Tallgrass International Film Festival, the Flicker's Youth Film Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and an honorable mention for the Short Doc Award at the 2017 Sheffield Doc Fest. The film was also nominated for the Cinema Eye Honors' Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking Award.

Edith+Eddie is directed, produced and edited by Laura Checkoway; produced by Thomas Lee Wright; co-produced and edited by P. Corwin Lamm; co-produced by Karina Rotenstein; with cinematography by Neil Barrett and John Larson. The film is executive produced by Cher, Steve James, Gordon Quinn and Betsy Steinberg.

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In 2016, Kartemquin films The Homestretch and Life Itself won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form and the Emmy for Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form, respectively. In 2013 Kartemquin film The Interrupters won the Emmy for Outstanding Informational Programming - Long-form. In 1998, Kartemquin film Vietnam, Long Time Coming won the Emmy for Best Documentary. Our films In the Family and Higher Goals.