News for September 2009

Live Q&A with producers and directors of The New Americans to be held on 09/16/09

To mark the finale of the Chicago PBS re-broadcast of The New Americans, Kartemquin will be hosting a live chat with Series Producer Gita Saedi Kiely, and many more of the producers and directors who worked on the epic 7-part series on immigration to the United States. Join in with the chat at 1pm CST on 09/16/09 by visiting Can't make the live chat? Submit questions to the filmmakers in advance via Get more information about the series Continued

Anticipation builds for A Good Man filming at Ravinia Festival

Excitement is escalating for the world premiere of acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones' "Fondly Do We Hope, Fervently Do We Pray" next week at Ravinia. The performances, on September 17th and 19th, mark the culmination of Ravinia's year-long celebration of Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial. They also entail a busy week for Kartemquin's filmmakers, who after months of recording the rehearsals and creative process will finally be capturing this momentous event for next year's film A Good Man. Continued

Save the Date! Hoop Dreams 15th Anniversary celebration on 11/04/09

Kartemquin's most famous film, Hoop Dreams - regularly voted one of the greatest films, let alone documentaries, ever made - is fifteen years old this year! Kartemquin will be celebrating the impact and legacy of this unforgettable film with an intimate celebratory event at the Gene Siskel Film Center on November 4th. The evening will include special guest speakers and exclusive previews of Kartemquin’s upcoming productions. Email Matt Eckford to request ticket information or an invitation -   Meanwhile, read more praise for Hoop Dreams.   Continued

NY Times picks up debate on doc ethics at TIFF

The New York Times today waded into the debate on ethics in documentary filmmaking sparked by Kartemquin Board Member Pat Aufderheide's report for the Central for Social Media at American University, which was released last week. Reporting from a Toronto Film Festival panel discussion, the newspaper mentioned Kartemquin's Artistic Director Gordon Quinn as being one of the most "prominent" filmmakers interviewed for the report. Read the full article. Read the report: Honest Truths: Documentary Filmmakers on Ethical Challenges in Their Work. Follow the evolving debate at D-Word. Continued