News for December 2010

Sundance to host World Premiere of The Interrupters!

The Interrupters will have its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film, from acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here) will be part of the Documentary Premieres category, which Sundance created this year for “master filmmakers debuting their new docs about big subjects.” The Interrupters is Steve James’ fifth film to screen at Sundance and his sixth documentary to be produced with Kartemquin Films, which will kick off a yearlong celebration of the organization’s forty-fifth anniversary at Sundance. Continued

30 for 30 wins IDA award

ESPN Films' 30for30 series took home the award for Best Continuing Series at the 2010 International Documentary Association Awards this weekend. Kartemquin would like to congratulate all the filmmakers involved with 30for30, especially including the team behind our own contribution to the series: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson.No Crossover is also up for 3 awards at tomorrow night's Best of the Midwest Awards. Fingers crossed! Continued

Congratulations to Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones - subject of our 2011 release A Good Man - received a prestigious Kennedy Center Honor this weekend in celebration of his distinguished career. Speaking at the ceremony, President Barack Obama stated: “Bill T. Jones has earned widespread acclaim and artistic success in the hyper-competitive world of modern dance—all while battling poverty, homophobia, and racism. His unique performances have always been provocative—challenging audiences to confront important issues in a way that is at once captivating, agitating and extremely personal.” Congratulations to all at the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company! The ceremony will be televised on CBS on December 28th at 9pm ET. Continued

Steve James wins Best Director for No Crossover

Steve James collected the Best Director award at last night's "Best of the Midwest Awards" in Chicago for his work on No Crossover. Congratulations to Steve James and the entire No Crossover: The Trial Of Allen Iverson team! Find out more at Read a recent Huffington Post interview with Steve James in which he explains why he made No Crossover, and why this is a great time for documentary filmmaking.No Crossover is available to purchase from the Kartemquin Store. Continued

NEH funds Maria Finitzo's new Bolivia documentary

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $75,000 development grant to Encounters with the Other, a new Kartemquin documentary being developed by Peabody Award-winning producer Maria Finitzo. Encounters with the Other examines the indigenous Tsimane people of Bolivia as they transition from a traditional to modern way of life. Maria will use part of the grant to fund research and initial production in Bolivia in 2011. Maria is producing the film with Kartemquin artistic director Gordon Quinn and in collaboration with Northwestern University professors Mike Kennedy and Dr. Bill Leonard, the Chairman of the Department of Anthropology. Maria is also currently producing In the Game for Kartemquin. Continued

Read the latest Prisoner of Her Past blog

Back in early September director Gordon Quinn took Prisoner of Her Past to Greece for the Kos International Health Film Festival. Read his new blog about the experience, which has particular insight into the often asked question of Sonia Reich's habit of directly addressing the camera and her awareness and acceptance of the filming process.Prisoner of Her Past is available on DVD in the Kartemquin Store for 50% off using coupon code KTQGIFT15 until December 15th. Continued

Canada has holiday Hoop Dreams

Canadian Kartemquin fans will get a couple of chances to watch our classic documentary Hoop Dreams this holiday season. The Knowledge Network will broadcast the film on December 17th at 10pm and again on December 26th at 11pm. Get more information. Jeff Kelly Lowenstein recently wrote an eloquent blog on the enduring legacy of the film, while also reflecting on how high school sports have perhaps become even more professionalized in recent years. Fans of Hoop Dreams director Steve James can catch his new Kartemquin film, The Interrupters, in 2011. Continued