News for November 2009

Prisoner of Her Past awarded Illinois Arts Council Grant

We are excited to announce that the Illinois Arts Council has awarded Kartemquin Educational Films a grant of $7,970 for support of the feature length documentary Prisoner of Her Past.  The film will tell the story of Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich's journey to uncover his mother's childhood during World War II in order to understand why she is reliving it 60 years later.  We are grateful for the support. Continued

Award-winning Kartemquin films now on iTunes!

U.S. users of iTunes can now download two acclaimed Kartemquin documentaries. Find festival favorite Milking the Rhino and the 2008 Peabody award-winning Terra Incognita: Mapping Stem Cell Research by searching for "Independent Lens" in the iTunes store. Both films are $9.99. Kartemquin looks forward to reading your reviews on the site. Also, read Cecilia Wendiga's excellent blog post about Milking the Rhino for some links to recent outreach events related to the film, and some valuable background information on community-based conservation in Africa. Continued

Announcing two new Kartemquin films!

Kartemquin is proud to announce two groundbreaking new documentaries, currently in development in Chicago. The Interrupters, directed/produced by Steve James (Hoop Dreams, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson) and produced/written by acclaimed journalist Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here, Never a City So Real), tells the story of a group of men and women, many of them former gang leaders, who now work for the group CeaseFire and risk their lives by intervening in violent situations across the city of Chicago. Continued

Listen to Howard Reich discussing Prisoner of Her Past

Kartemquin's long-awaited documentary about late-onset post-traumatic stress disorder, Prisoner of Her Past, will finally be playing festivals and screening to the public in 2010. The film is based on The Chicago Tribune Jazz critic Howard Reich's book The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich: A Son's Memoir. In the meantime, click here to listen to a Pritzker Military Library podcast interview with Howard Reich from 2008 discussing working with Kartemquin on the film. Continued