Announcing our Fall Festival in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas Nov 2-4

November 2-4, in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas in Lincoln Park, Kartemquin presents a three night festival to cap off our 50th Anniversary year!

The Kartemquin Fall Festival features two Chicago premieres, sneak previews of three works-in-progress, and fresh new work from emerging Midwest documentary makers who have graduated from Kartemquin’s acclaimed filmmaker development programs. More information can be found at, and to purchase tickets please go to


"Throughout this year our 50 year history has been showcased and honored in a number of thrilling ways. But we wanted to now put an emphasis on the new projects and rich documentary filmmaking talent that is in our community," said Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director. "This event is a chance to get a glimpse of the future of documentary filmmaking in Chicago."

6 PM Wednesday, November 2nd: Shorts Showcase 1
In this shorts program you will meet a beloved and eccentric Chicago-area magician in The Amazing Mr. Ash, directed by Brian Gersten; director Max Asaf embarks on a journey into his family's past to confront their unspeakable experience in the Holocaust in Within the Box; Beyond Blind, created by Matt Lauterbach, will help you understand vision loss; Shuling Yong's Intuition looks into the bottom rung of the academic ladder in Singapore; and Embodies by Hillary Bachelder explores perceptions of the female form through portraits of a nude model, a medical embalmer, and a roller derby mother of three
SPECIAL GUESTS: Filmmakers will be present.

8 PM Wednesday, November 2nd: Unbroken Glass Chicago Premiere
The Festival will be host to the Chicago Premiere of Unbroken Glass, the debut feature of director Dinesh Das Sabu, in which the filmmaker and his subjects confront the trauma of losing their parents at an early age. Dinesh Das Sabu. Dinesh interned at Kartemquin in 2008 and subsequently developed the film there as a co-production, with several other former interns becoming key crew members, including editor Matt Lauterbach, co-producer R. Patrick Lile, and cinematographer Ian Kibbe.
Reception to follow.
SPECIAL GUESTS: dir. Dinesh Sabu

6 PM Thursday, November 3rd: Diverse Voices in Documentary Program Graduation
The 2016 Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID) Graduation honors and showcases the participants of the 2016 DVID program. The evening will include clips from each project and a keynote speech by Lyric Cabral, co-director of (T)error, winner of the Special Jury Award for Breakout First Feature at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It also marks the opening of applications for DVID 2017. Visit the website to apply:
Now completing its fourth year, DVID strives to create a network for filmmakers of color to collaborate and support each other, and increase their presence in the documentary field. The program is operated by Kartemquin Films and The Community Film Workshop of Chicago, and made possible by support from the Voqal Fund, The Seabury Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Efroymson Family Fund, CityArts, The Sage Foundation, and KatLei Productions.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Lyric Cabral, co-director of (T)error

8:30 PM Thursday, November 3rd: City of Trees Chicago Premiere
During the recession, City of Trees follows three trainees and the directors of a stimulus-funded green job-training program designed to put unemployed people back to work by caring for parks in DC. As they navigate the community's distrust of outsiders and a fast-approaching deadline before the grant money runs out, City of Trees thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes changemakers face in urban communities every day.
This feature length film is a 2014 KTQ Labs graduate. KTQ Labs is a free monthly filmmaker service at which filmmakers present their demos and rough cuts to the Kartemquin community in return for constructive critique. Find more information about KTQ Labs here.
SPECIAL GUESTS: dir. Lance Kramer and producer Brandon Kramer

6 PM Friday, November 4th: Shorts Showcase 2: Kartemquins Programs Alumni
A showcase of projects from Kartemquin's acclaimed Internship and Diverse Voices in Docs programs.
In this shorts program, director Rachel Dickson examines the Chicago school closings of 2014 in Closed for Good; filmmaker Mina Fitzpatrick explores the emotional complexities of Korean culture around adoption in Two Together; the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer, Gwendolyn Brooks, is profiled in Shahari Moore's film Brooks People; and we meet a Vietnam veteran with an unlimited faith in Disney in Keep Moving Forward, directed by Brent Bandemer and produced by Emily Strong.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Filmmakers will be present.

8 PM Friday, November 4th: Kartemquin Fall Showcase
We invite you to enjoy exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from three upcoming documentary projects, and give your feedback directly to the filmmakers. America to Me, directed by Steve James, is an epic series looking into a year in one of the country's most exemplary and diverse public high schools, as students, teachers and administrators grapple with decades-long racial and educational inequities. Sergio Rapu's Eating Up Easter explores how the most isolated community in the Pacific–Easter Island–uses lessons learned from their past to solve environmental and social challenges brought on by booming tourism and rapid development. Maria Finitzo's The Dilemma of Desire explores the complex nature of female sexual desire and the ways in which it is both governed, and fulfilled, by notions of expression and repression.
Audience members can give feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into our process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Steve James, Maria Finitzo, Sergio Rapu

Visit our Festival website for more information and to buy tickets. We hope to see you there!